Reserve maintainers become familiar with new KC-46 Pegasus

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  • By Senior Airman Ruben Rios and Tech. Sgt. Monica Ricci

Airmen with the 514th Air Mobility Wing’s 714th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron were able to get their hands on the new KC-46 Pegasus during a Site Activation Task Force training event at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, from April 27 to 29, 2021.

The task force was designed so that the maintainers could discuss current situations and issues that may occur with the new aircraft as well as possible solutions. Since McConnell AFB has had the KC-46 Pegasus for approximately two years now, it was the perfect training environment for these discussions. The 514th AMW will be flying and maintaining the KC-46 in the coming years, as Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst is scheduled to receive the new tanker.

“We’re just flies on the wall to make sure we don’t repeat mishaps,” said Senior Master Sgt. Robert Callow of the 714th AMXS. “All partners in the KC-46 MOB program are very forthright with their advice, which allows for the most effective exchange of information.”

The task force is part of a larger initiative known as Total Force Integration, meaning both active duty and reserve maintainers were present for the training. The Freedom Wing’s maintainers were joined by Airmen from their active-duty counter parts at JB MDL-- the 605th AMXS and 305th Maintenance Group.