Airfield systems techs keep air traffic, ground controllers connected

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U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika

Senior Airman James Vrtis, 57th Operations Support Squadron airfield systems technician, talks to an air traffic controller at the ATC tower on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Oct. 6. Airfield systems specialists work closely with air traffic controllers to ensure they always have a clear line of communication with local and transient aircraft in the air.
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika

Senior Airman James Vrtis, 57th Operations Support Squadron airfield systems technician, ascends a ground-to-air radio tower at the Airfield Systems Maintenance compound on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Oct. 6. Airfield systems technicians install, remove, relocate, modify, deploy and maintain fixed and mobile meteorological, navigation and air traffic control ground-to-air radio systems.
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika

Senior Airman James Brown, 57th Operations Support Squadron airfield systems technician, checks the functionality of a transmitter and receiver at the Airfield Systems Maintenance compound on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Oct. 6. Airfield systems specialists work in airfield ground facilities as well as on equipment installed on aircraft.
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika

Senior Airman James Brown, 57th Operations Support Squadron airfield systems technician, descends a ground-to-air radio tower at the Airfield Systems Maintenance compound on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Oct. 6. Airfield systems technicians install, remove, relocate, modify, deploy and maintain fixed and mobile meteorological, navigation and air traffic control ground-to-air radio systems.
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika

Senior Airman James Vrtis, 57th Operations Support Squadron airfield systems technician, works on a circuit board at the air traffic control tower on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Oct. 6. Airfield systems specialists are charged with ensuring Airmen on the airfield and in the air traffic control tower always have a clear line of communication with local and transient pilots in the air.
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika

Senior Airman James Brown, 57th Operations Support Squadron airfield systems technician, ascends a ground-to-air radio tower at the Airfield Systems Maintenance compound on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Oct. 6. Airfield systems specialists must periodically preform preventative maintenance inspections on ground-to-air radio towers, which stand as tall as 180 feet.
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika

Senior Airman James Brown, 57th Operations Support Squadron airfield systems technician, checks the functionality of a receiver at the Airfield Systems Maintenance compound on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Oct. 6. The receiver, and its transmitter, enables air traffic controllers to maintain communication with pilots in the air.
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika

Senior Airman James Vrtis, 57th Operations Support Squadron airfield systems technician, descends a ground-to-air radio tower at the Airfield Systems Maintenance compound on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Oct. 6. Airfield systems specialists must periodically preform preventative maintenance inspections on ground-to-air radio towers, which stand as tall as 180 feet.
 

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Siuta B. Ika

Senior Airman James Brown, 57th Operations Support Squadron airfield systems technician, inspects an instrument landing system on the airfield on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Oct. 6. Airfield systems specialists are charged with ensuring Airmen on the airfield and in the air traffic control tower always have a clear line of communication with local and transient pilots in the air.