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Senior Airman Tavaris Scott, 71st Rescue Squadron Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, marshals an HC-130J Combat King II, Aug. 17, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Maintainers perform various tasks prior to take-off such as pre-flight inspections, removing plugs and covers, repairing any problems found during crew pre-flight checks and marshalling the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lauren M. Sprunk)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Tavaris Scott, 71st Rescue Squadron Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, marshals an HC-130J Combat King II, Aug. 17, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Maintainers perform various tasks prior to take-off such as pre-flight inspections, removing plugs and covers, repairing any problems found during crew pre-flight checks and marshalling the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lauren M. Sprunk)

Senior Airman Tavaris Scott, 71st Rescue Squadron Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, holds marshalling sticks prior to launching an HC-130J Combat King II, Aug. 17, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Maintainers perform various tasks prior to take-off such as pre-flight inspections, removing plugs and covers, repairing any problems found during crew pre-flight checks and marshalling the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lauren M. Sprunk)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Tavaris Scott, 71st Rescue Squadron Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, holds marshalling sticks prior to launching an HC-130J Combat King II, Aug. 17, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Maintainers perform various tasks prior to take-off such as pre-flight inspections, removing plugs and covers, repairing any problems found during crew pre-flight checks and marshalling the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lauren M. Sprunk)

Senior Airman Tavaris Scott, 71st Rescue Squadron Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, untangles a communications cord before launching an HC-130J Combat King II, Aug. 17, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Maintainers perform various tasks prior to take-off such as pre-flight inspections, removing plugs and covers, repairing any problems found during crew pre-flight checks and marshalling the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lauren M. Sprunk)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Tavaris Scott, 71st Rescue Squadron Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, untangles a communications cord before launching an HC-130J Combat King II, Aug. 17, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Maintainers perform various tasks prior to take-off such as pre-flight inspections, removing plugs and covers, repairing any problems found during crew pre-flight checks and marshalling the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lauren M. Sprunk)

Pilots from the 71st Rescue Squadron prepare for take-off in an HC-130J Combat King II, Aug. 17, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Maintainers perform various tasks prior to take-off such as pre-flight inspections, removing plugs and covers, repairing any problems found during crew pre-flight checks and marshalling the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lauren M. Sprunk)

Pilots from the 71st Rescue Squadron prepare for take-off in an HC-130J Combat King II, Aug. 17, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Maintainers perform various tasks prior to take-off such as pre-flight inspections, removing plugs and covers, repairing any problems found during crew pre-flight checks and marshalling the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lauren M. Sprunk)

An Airman from the 71st Rescue Squadron Aircraft Maintenance Unit pulls a power cord prior to launching an HC-130J Combat King II, Aug. 17, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Maintainers perform various tasks prior to take-off such as pre-flight inspections, removing plugs and covers, repairing any problems found during crew pre-flight checks and marshalling the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lauren M. Sprunk)

A U.S. Airman from the 71st Rescue Squadron Aircraft Maintenance Unit pulls a power cord prior to launching an HC-130J Combat King II, Aug. 17, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Maintainers perform various tasks prior to take-off such as pre-flight inspections, removing plugs and covers, repairing any problems found during crew pre-flight checks and marshalling the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lauren M. Sprunk)

Senior Airman Tavaris Scott, 71st Rescue Squadron Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, smiles as he prepares to launch an HC-130J Combat King II, Aug. 17, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Maintainers perform various tasks prior to take-off such as pre-flight inspections, removing plugs and covers, repairing any problems found during crew pre-flight checks and marshalling the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lauren M. Sprunk)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Tavaris Scott, 71st Rescue Squadron Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, smiles as he prepares to launch an HC-130J Combat King II, Aug. 17, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Maintainers perform various tasks prior to take-off such as pre-flight inspections, removing plugs and covers, repairing any problems found during crew pre-flight checks and marshalling the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Lauren M. Sprunk)

An Airman from the 71st Rescue Squadron Aircraft Maintenance Unit marshals a HC-130J Combat King II, Aug. 17, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Maintainers perform various tasks prior to take-off such as pre-flight inspections, removing plugs and covers, repairing any problems found during crew pre-flight checks and marshalling the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Erick Requadt)

A U.S. Airman from the 71st Rescue Squadron Aircraft Maintenance Unit marshals a HC-130J Combat King II, Aug. 17, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Maintainers perform various tasks prior to take-off such as pre-flight inspections, removing plugs and covers, repairing any problems found during crew pre-flight checks and marshalling the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Erick Requadt)

Airmen from the 71st Rescue Squadron Aircraft Maintenance Unit clear a power unit off the flight line prior to launching a HC-130J Combat King II before it takes off, Aug. 17, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Maintainers perform various tasks prior to take-off such as pre-flight inspections, removing plugs and covers, repairing any problems found during crew pre-flight checks and marshalling the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Erick Requadt)

U.S. Airmen from the 71st Rescue Squadron Aircraft Maintenance Unit clear a power unit off the flight line prior to launching a HC-130J Combat King II before it takes off, Aug. 17, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Maintainers perform various tasks prior to take-off such as pre-flight inspections, removing plugs and covers, repairing any problems found during crew pre-flight checks and marshalling the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Erick Requadt)

Airmen from the 71st Rescue Squadron Aircraft Maintenance Unit prepare to launch a HC-130J Combat King II, Aug. 17, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Maintainers perform various tasks prior to take-off such as pre-flight inspections, removing plugs and covers, repairing any problems found during crew pre-flight checks and marshalling the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Erick Requadt)

U.S. Airmen from the 71st Rescue Squadron Aircraft Maintenance Unit prepare to launch a HC-130J Combat King II, Aug. 17, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Maintainers perform various tasks prior to take-off such as pre-flight inspections, removing plugs and covers, repairing any problems found during crew pre-flight checks and marshalling the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Erick Requadt)

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --

Airmen from the 71st Rescue Squadron Aircraft Maintenance Unit prepared and launched an HC-130J Combat King II, Aug. 17.

Maintainers perform various tasks prior to take-off such as pre-flight inspections, removing plugs and covers, repairing any problems found during crew pre-flight checks and marshalling the aircraft.

“Without these Airmen performing these tasks, the aircraft wouldn’t be able to fly,” said Master Sgt. Alan Cherry, 71st AMU flightline expeditor. “They not only make sure the aircraft can perform the mission, they ensure the safety of every crewmember on the flight.”