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Cannon’s auto skills center helps air commandos through mud, sweat and gears

Lateef Mennis, Cannon Auto Hobby Shop mobile equipment service technician, has traveled across the world with the Air Force for several years. His primary role is to maintain function at the self-service shop at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., but takes it upon himself to help others, especially newcomers. Mennis says he sees a new face walk into the shop almost daily. Some are looking for help with their car, while some are looking for a place to escape from the stress. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer)

Lateef Mennis, Cannon Auto Hobby Shop mobile equipment service technician, has traveled across the world with the Air Force for several years. His primary role is to maintain function at the self-service shop at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., but takes it upon himself to help others, especially newcomers. Mennis says he sees a new face walk into the shop almost daily. Some are looking for help with their car, while some are looking for a place to escape from the stress. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer)

Tech. Sgt. Robert Ivey, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron pavement and construction equipment operator, works on his car at the auto hobby shop at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Jul. 11, 2017. Airmen visiting the shop are supported with a large array of equipment, some of which are aging. The shop mainly works off hand-me-down equipment from other units and lives off a steady flow of Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer)

Tech. Sgt. Robert Ivey, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron pavement and construction equipment operator, works on his car at the auto hobby shop at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Jul. 11, 2017. Airmen visiting the shop are supported with a large array of equipment, some of which are aging. The shop mainly works off hand-me-down equipment from other units and lives off a steady flow of Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer)

Lateef Mennis, mobile equipment service technician, helps customers Staff Sgt. Seibenthauler Lodge and Tech. Sgt. Robert Ivey, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron pavement and construction equipment operators, and gives them advice on how to work with their vehicle at the Cannon Air Force Base Auto Hobby Shop, N.M., Jul. 11, 2017. Mennis and other shop employees educate newcomers and lend a helping hand to the experienced visitors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer)

Lateef Mennis, mobile equipment service technician, helps customers Staff Sgt. Seibenthauler Lodge and Tech. Sgt. Robert Ivey, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron pavement and construction equipment operators, and gives them advice on how to work with their vehicle at the Cannon Air Force Base Auto Hobby Shop, N.M., Jul. 11, 2017. Mennis and other shop employees educate newcomers and lend a helping hand to the experienced visitors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer)

Staff Sgt. Seibenthauler Lodge, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron pavement and construction equipment operator, works on his friend’s car at the Cannon Air Force Base Auto Hobby Shop, N.M., Jul. 11, 2017. Lodge tries to return to the shop at least once a month, either to help his friend fix his vehicle or to work on his own. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer)

Staff Sgt. Seibenthauler Lodge, 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron pavement and construction equipment operator, works on his friend’s car at the Cannon Air Force Base Auto Hobby Shop, N.M., Jul. 11, 2017. Lodge tries to return to the shop at least once a month, either to help his friend fix his vehicle or to work on his own. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer)

Oil funnels sit in a bucket in the auto skills center at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Jul. 12, 2017. Airmen are given a large amount of tools and other maintenance supplies to work on their vehicles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer)

Oil funnels sit in a bucket in the auto skills center at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Jul. 12, 2017. Airmen are given a large amount of tools and other maintenance supplies to work on their vehicles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer)

Senior Airman Brandon Morris, 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintenance journeyman, repairs a truck at the auto skills center at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Jul. 13, 2017. . Airmen visiting the shop are supported with a large array of equipment, some of which are aging. The shop mainly works off hand-me-down equipment from other units and lives off a steady flow of Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer)

Senior Airman Brandon Morris, 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintenance journeyman, repairs a truck at the auto skills center at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Jul. 13, 2017. . Airmen visiting the shop are supported with a large array of equipment, some of which are aging. The shop mainly works off hand-me-down equipment from other units and lives off a steady flow of Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer)

Airman 1st Class Kentner Corvin, Caleb Davis, 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintenance apprentices, and Senior Airman Brandon Morris, 27th SOLRS vehicle maintenance journeyman, work on a truck at the auto skills center at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Jul. 13, 2017. Corvin is always working on vehicles, whether it’s for work or fun. From his farm back in Illinois to the windy plateaus of New Mexico, Corvin says one thing has stayed the same; he’ll always have a home at the garage. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer)

Airman 1st Class Kentner Corvin, Caleb Davis, 27th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintenance apprentices, and Senior Airman Brandon Morris, 27th SOLRS vehicle maintenance journeyman, work on a truck at the auto skills center at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Jul. 13, 2017. Corvin is always working on vehicles, whether it’s for work or fun. From his farm back in Illinois to the windy plateaus of New Mexico, Corvin says one thing has stayed the same; he’ll always have a home at the garage. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer)

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, NM -- Lateef Mennis, Cannon Auto Hobby Shop mobile equipment service technician, has traveled across the world with the Air Force for several years. His primary role is to maintain function at the self-service shop at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., but takes it upon himself to help others, especially newcomers. Mennis says he sees a new face walk into the shop almost daily. Some are looking for help with their car, while some are looking for a place to escape from the stress. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer)