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Keith Robertson, 27th Special Operations Force Support Squadron skills development manager, teaches a free class on oil change procedures at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Dec. 6, 2012.  The Auto Skills Center has recently begun monthly automotive care classes to better educate Airmen who would like to do their own vehicle maintenance.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jette Carr)

Keith Robertson, 27th Special Operations Force Support Squadron skills development manager, teaches a free class on oil change procedures at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Dec. 6, 2012. The Auto Skills Center has recently begun monthly automotive care classes to better educate Airmen who would like to do their own vehicle maintenance. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jette Carr)

Keith Robertson, 27th Special Operations Force Support Squadron skills development manager, teaches a free class on oil change procedures at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Dec. 6, 2012.  The Auto Skills Center has recently begun monthly automotive care classes to better educate Airmen who would like to do their own vehicle maintenance.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jette Carr)

Keith Robertson, 27th Special Operations Force Support Squadron skills development manager, teaches a free class on oil change procedures at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Dec. 6, 2012. The Auto Skills Center has recently begun monthly automotive care classes to better educate Airmen who would like to do their own vehicle maintenance. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jette Carr)

Keith Robertson, 27th Special Operations Force Support Squadron skills development manager, teaches a free class on oil change procedures at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Dec. 6, 2012.  The Auto Skills Center has recently begun monthly automotive care classes to better educate Airmen who would like to do their own vehicle maintenance.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jette Carr)

Keith Robertson, 27th Special Operations Force Support Squadron skills development manager, teaches a free class on oil change procedures at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Dec. 6, 2012. The Auto Skills Center has recently begun monthly automotive care classes to better educate Airmen who would like to do their own vehicle maintenance. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jette Carr)

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- To increase knowledge of basic car care, the Auto Skills Center at Canon Air Force Base, N.M., has begun monthly instructive classes. The recent free lesson on oil change procedures had several Air Commandos getting their hands dirty, Dec. 6.

"We discussed different types of oil, filters and things to check while performing an oil change, such as belts and proper tire inflation," said Keith Robertson, 27th Special Operations Force Support Squadron skills development manager.

Robertson said he wanted to start the class series because of the increase he's seen in Airmen coming to base who've never owned their own car.

"I had the feeling sometimes that we weren't reaching out to everyone," he said. "You see the kids grow in here. Some of them come in not knowing how to even put air in their tires, but a year later they are changing brakes and all kinds of stuff."

Airman 1st Class Morganne Guhl, 27th Special Operations Maintenance Operations Squadron, attended the class.

"The biggest impact it had on me is the realization that I can change my oil without having to pay someone else to do it for me," she said. "The idea that I can actually do it myself is pretty cool."

Guhl also noted that after the class was over, people were available at the Auto Skills Center to help walk Airmen through each process, step-by-step.

"A lot of the time you'll take a class and when it's over you'll feel like you are good to go, but when you actually go to perform the task, you get lost within the first three or four steps. The fact that someone is there to help you through it is a relief."

The next class has been scheduled for Jan. 10, 2013, with the topic of brake theory and operation.
For more information about these classes, contact the Auto Skills Center at 784-2170.