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NEWS | July 2, 2024

Idaho Guard Maintainers Supply Iron to the Fight

By Senior Master Sgt. Joshua Allmaras, 124th Fighter Wing

BOISE, Idaho - The 124th Maintenance Group prepared more than a dozen A-10 Thunderbolt IIs assigned to the 124th Fighter Wing at Gowen Field from May 31 to June 5.

The aircraft, pilots, maintainers and support Airmen were headed to a weapons system evaluation program event at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

“The 124th Maintenance Group has been exercising aircraft generation,” said Lt. Col. Scott Walker, the 124th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander. “If we ever get the call, our mission requires us to generate aircraft within an allotted time frame.”

Aircraft generation is critical to supporting a combatant commander’s mission requirements, especially in a near-peer conflict.

“We perform the same process when we deploy,” said Master Sgt. Kyle Walker, the 124th AMXS production superintendent. “Recognizing deficiencies and building muscle memory will enhance our capability at home and abroad.

“You’ve heard the adage, ‘Practice how you play; train how you fight.’ Aircraft generation is exactly what we would do if tasked to participate in a near-peer conflict. Exercising this process continues to prepare us by making us more proficient and effective.”

Having a focused training event to support allows the wing to prepare for combat and build a cohesive team.

“This is a great opportunity for all of us to work as a team and get our hands dirty,” said Walker.

Not only does this build cohesion, but it also brings pride to the maintenance Airmen.

“This is the pinnacle of what a maintainer does,” Walker said. “To provide combat-coded aircraft to the 190th Fighter Squadron for them to ‘do what they do best’ — bring lethality to our adversaries.”

Generating lethal aircraft to pilots takes teamwork, and each Airman has a critical role.

“Every maintainer and pilot engaged at all levels and were the cornerstone of our overall success,” said Walker. “We’ve laid a solid foundation for our future taskings, exercises and inspections and will continue to fine-tune our processes, which will only make us better.”



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