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Airmen at Work: Spray maintainers do unique job

Tech. Sgt. Frank Serrao, an aerial spray maintenance craftsman with the 910th Maintenance Squadron, uses a flashlight to inspect the boom fittings for aerial spray nozzles here, March 24. Aerial spray maintainers come from traditional aircraft maintenance jobs, learning a unique skillset through on-job training to maintain the equipment for the Department of Defense’s only aerial spray mission. The aerial spray mission includes insect control, vegetation control on bombing ranges and oil spill neutralization.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Eric M. White)

Tech. Sgt. Frank Serrao, an aerial spray maintenance craftsman with the 910th Maintenance Squadron, uses a flashlight to inspect the boom fittings for aerial spray nozzles here, March 24. Aerial spray maintainers come from traditional aircraft maintenance jobs, learning a unique skillset through on-job training to maintain the equipment for the Department of Defense’s only aerial spray mission. The aerial spray mission includes insect control, vegetation control on bombing ranges and oil spill neutralization. (U.S. Air Force photo/Eric M. White)

Tech. Sgt. Frank Serrao and Tech. Sgt. Thomas Neiswanger, aerial spray maintenance craftsmen with the 910th Maintenance Squadron, remove nozzles from an aerial spray boom for inspection and cleaning here, March 24. Aerial spray maintainers come from traditional aircraft maintenance jobs, learning a unique skillset through on-job training to maintain the equipment for the Department of Defense’s only aerial spray mission. The aerial spray mission includes insect control, vegetation control on bombing ranges and oil spill neutralization.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Eric M. White)

Tech. Sgt. Frank Serrao and Tech. Sgt. Thomas Neiswanger, aerial spray maintenance craftsmen with the 910th Maintenance Squadron, remove nozzles from an aerial spray boom for inspection and cleaning here, March 24. Aerial spray maintainers come from traditional aircraft maintenance jobs, learning a unique skillset through on-job training to maintain the equipment for the Department of Defense’s only aerial spray mission. The aerial spray mission includes insect control, vegetation control on bombing ranges and oil spill neutralization. (U.S. Air Force photo/Eric M. White)

Tech. Sgt. Frank Serrao, an aerial spray maintenance craftsman with the 910th Maintenance Squadron, uses a drill with a brush bit and soap solution to clean nozzle fittings on an aerial spray boom here, March 24. Tech. Sgt. Thomas Neiswanger, also an aerial spray maintenance craftsman, supports the boom while Serrao works. Aerial spray maintainers come from traditional aircraft maintenance jobs, learning a unique skillset through on-job training to maintain the equipment for the Department of Defense’s only aerial spray mission. The aerial spray mission includes insect control, vegetation control on bombing ranges and oil spill neutralization.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Eric M. White)

Tech. Sgt. Frank Serrao, an aerial spray maintenance craftsman with the 910th Maintenance Squadron, uses a drill with a brush bit and soap solution to clean nozzle fittings on an aerial spray boom here, March 24. Tech. Sgt. Thomas Neiswanger, also an aerial spray maintenance craftsman, supports the boom while Serrao works. Aerial spray maintainers come from traditional aircraft maintenance jobs, learning a unique skillset through on-job training to maintain the equipment for the Department of Defense’s only aerial spray mission. The aerial spray mission includes insect control, vegetation control on bombing ranges and oil spill neutralization. (U.S. Air Force photo/Eric M. White)

A close-up photo shows aerial spray nozzles set aside for cleaning here, March 24. Tech. Sgt. Frank Serrao and Tech. Sgt. Thomas Neiswanger, aerial spray maintenance craftsmen with the 910th Maintenance Squadron, removed the nozzle to clean and inspect an aerial spray boom assembly. The aerial spray system has several types of nozzles for different applications. The mission includes insect control, vegetation control on bombing ranges and oil spill neutralization. Aerial spray maintainers come from traditional aircraft maintenance jobs, learning a unique skillset through on-job training to maintain the equipment for the Department of Defense’s only aerial spray mission.   (U.S. Air Force photo/Eric M. White)

A close-up photo shows aerial spray nozzles set aside for cleaning here, March 24. Tech. Sgt. Frank Serrao and Tech. Sgt. Thomas Neiswanger, aerial spray maintenance craftsmen with the 910th Maintenance Squadron, removed the nozzle to clean and inspect an aerial spray boom assembly. The aerial spray system has several types of nozzles for different applications. The mission includes insect control, vegetation control on bombing ranges and oil spill neutralization. Aerial spray maintainers come from traditional aircraft maintenance jobs, learning a unique skillset through on-job training to maintain the equipment for the Department of Defense’s only aerial spray mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Eric M. White)

Tech. Sgt. Frank Serrao, an aerial spray maintenance craftsman with the 910th Maintenance Squadron here, loosens the fitting for an aerial spray nozzle so that boom and nozzle may be cleaned and inspected, March 24. Aerial spray maintainers come from traditional aircraft maintenance jobs, learning a unique skillset through on-job training to maintain the equipment for the Department of Defense’s only aerial spray mission. The aerial spray mission includes insect control, vegetation control on bombing ranges and oil spill neutralization.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Eric M. White)

Tech. Sgt. Frank Serrao, an aerial spray maintenance craftsman with the 910th Maintenance Squadron here, loosens the fitting for an aerial spray nozzle so that boom and nozzle may be cleaned and inspected, March 24. Aerial spray maintainers come from traditional aircraft maintenance jobs, learning a unique skillset through on-job training to maintain the equipment for the Department of Defense’s only aerial spray mission. The aerial spray mission includes insect control, vegetation control on bombing ranges and oil spill neutralization. (U.S. Air Force photo/Eric M. White)

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