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Senior Airman Darren Pizarro, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron electrical systems specialist, drives his work truck to the next work site at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., June 27, 2017. Pizarro and his peers at the base electrical shop have already handled over 600 requests this year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer) Electrical systems specialists light path to mission success
Every Air Force base and installation around the world requires electricity to operate successfully. Responsible for installing, repairing and maintaining this electrical network, electrical systems specialists ensure that our primary source of energy is always available. From space command communicating with our satellites to hospitals operating lifesaving equipment, every Air Force function depends on this crucial service provided by these experts.
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Lt. Col. Richard Hollinger, former 9th Special Operations Squadron assistant director of operations, pilots his aircraft during his ‘fini flight’ at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, Jun. 9, 2017. Dating back to World War II, the U.S. military has celebrated pilots’ and other experienced officers’ final flights either at their current unit or their career. Pilots use these celebrations as another opportunity to help train accompanying Airmen on their roles aboard the aircraft to ensure mission readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer) Cannon leaders continue ‘fini flight’ tradition
The final day of work comes upon everyone. Some people take a long lunch with coworkers to hand out gifts and going away mementos. Others choose to quietly go out as they either prepare for retirement or moving on to their next job.
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Maj. William Mendel, 20th Special Operations Squadron, sits next to Brig. Gen. William Holt, Air Force Special Operations Command director of operations, Hurlburt Field, Fla., during his Distinguished Flying Cross ceremony at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., May 15, 2017. Maj. Mendel and other aircraft in his formation received heavy and effective hostile fire during a mission in Africa, but managed to save the lives of four critically wounded individuals and complete the mission. He and other crew members were presented the Distinguished Flying Cross, a medal created in 1918 to reward those who display heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight. Maj. Mendel became the 79th Airman under Air Force Special Operations Command to receive the honor. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer) Pilot receives distinguished honors
Maj. William Mendel, 20th Special Operations Squadron pilot, received the Distinguished Flying Cross on May 15 at Cannon Air Force Base for heroic actions displayed as his aircraft came under heavy and effective gunfire from ground forces while attempting to evacuate American citizens from a populated United Nations compound.
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