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June 19, 2014

Maintainers that give a “hoot!”

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Mr. Frank Berger
576th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Squadron
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Mr. John Harris, 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group aircraft electrician, takes a photo with a great horned owl chick he helped rescue at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. The great horned owl family may be seen daily performing touch and go flight exercises together from the wings of a C-130.

The 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, more commonly referred to as “The Boneyard”, has a lengthy history here in Tucson, Ariz. Since 1946, the facility has performed aircraft storage, parts support and regeneration in support of the warfighter. The nearly 600 employees at AMARG do some pretty remarkable things, but one thing most people aren’t aware of, is their capable skill of rescuing owls.

The great horned owl, also known as a hoot owl, cat owl, or winged tiger, has chosen to make its home in the rafters of an open-air maintenance structure at AMARG. The high roof line on what the maintainers refer to as the “shelter,” is an ideal place for the owls to nest and call home. For years, since a family of noisy ravens found alternate accommodations, the owls have produced and raised families from their high vantage point above the aircraft maintenance activities.

 

The great horned owl, also known as a hoot owl, cat owl, or winged tiger, has chosen to make its home in the rafters of an open-air maintenance structure in the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group hanger.

 




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