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Seymour Johnson Airmen maintain aircraft preparedness during exercise Razor Talon

Senior Airman Tanner Collins, 336th Fighter Squadron crew chief, performs routine checks before taxiing for takeoff during Exercise Razor Talon, June 6, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Every month, Seymour Johnson Airmen take part in the exercise to prepare them for what may happen in deployed environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Maldonado-Suarez)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Tanner Collins, 336th Fighter Squadron crew chief, performs routine checks before taxiing for takeoff during Exercise Razor Talon, June 6, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Every month, Seymour Johnson Airmen take part in the exercise to prepare them for what may happen in deployed environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Maldonado-Suarez)

Senior Airman Tanner Collins, 336th Fighter Squadron crew chief, taxis an F-15E Strike Eagle for takeoff during Exercise Razor Talon, June 6, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. The monthly exercise allows service members unique opportunities to combine land, air and sea forces from all service branches in a realistic training environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Maldonado-Suarez)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Tanner Collins, 336th Fighter Squadron crew chief, taxis an F-15E Strike Eagle for takeoff during Exercise Razor Talon, June 6, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. The monthly exercise allows service members unique opportunities to combine land, air and sea forces from all service branches in a realistic training environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Maldonado-Suarez)

An F-15E Strike Eagle takes off for Exercise Razor Talon, June 6, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Razor Talon takes place off the East Coast of North Carolina and includes other military branches, such as the Army and Navy, to simulate possible events in a deployed environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Maldonado-Suarez)

A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle takes off for Exercise Razor Talon, June 6, 2017, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. Razor Talon takes place off the East Coast of North Carolina and includes other military branches, such as the Army and Navy, to simulate possible events in a deployed environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ashley Maldonado-Suarez)

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Each month, the 4th Fighter Wing hosts Air Combat Command’s premier East Coast large-force exercise, Razor Talon, involving Air Force and joint services from across the U.S.

More than 2,000 men and women assigned to the 4th Maintenance Group ensure each F-15E is prepared to carry out the mission.

“The maintainers’ role in Razor Talon is to provide operators with reliable and ready aircraft for the exercise,” said Tech. Sgt. Justin Mirante, 336th Fighter Squadron flightline expediter. “We are supplying mission-capable aircraft for our aircrew, so they can accomplish their mission.”

Due to the significance of ensuring service members are prepared to conduct potentially sensitive overseas contingency operations, it is important each jet is maintained properly. In order to do this, 4th MXG maintainers work tirelessly day or night, to ensure the safety, reliability and capability of every Team Seymour aircraft.

During high-intensity exercises such as Razor Talon, they sometimes work more than 12 hours on a single aircraft to ensure its preparedness.

“If we as maintainers can’t provide a safe and reliable aircraft, then operations couldn’t happen. Without us, there wouldn’t be any mission-ready aircraft,” said Senior Airman Tanner Collins, 336th Fighter Squadron crew chief.

Razor Talon acts as a unique opportunity for 4th MXG maintainers to push their limits and prepare as if they are conducting real-world contingency operations.

“I feel great about [Razor Talon],” Mirante said. “It’s a unique exercise, because it provides the opportunity to work with our joint brothers and sisters along the nation and prepares us for any upcoming deployments along with any unforeseen conflicts in the future.”