56th EMS wheel and tire team: never tired, always rollin’

Tech. Sgt. Christopher Horlick, right, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron wheel and tire section chief, inspects the inside of an F-35A Lightning II main wheel hub assembly with Chief Master Sgt. Ray Lewis, left, 56th EMS superintendent, Oct. 14, 2021, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. The 56th EMS leadership team increased their wheel and tire knowledge and hands-on experience during a shop visit that focused on disassembling, cleaning, and inspecting an F-35A wheel and tire assembly. The wheel and tire shop provides essential and reliable aircraft parts for the F-35A and F-16 Fighting Falcon, supporting the world’s greatest fighter pilots and combat-ready Airmen. (Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Collette Brooks)
Second Lt. Kristin Rowe, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron support staff section commander, torques the valve stem on an F-35A Lightning II main wheel hub assembly Oct. 14, 2021, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. During the wheel and tire assembly process, Airmen will torque the valve stem 50-60 inch pounds, to ensure there is a tight seal and no air loss on the tire. The wheel and tire shop provides essential and reliable aircraft parts for the F-35A and F-16 Fighting Falcon, supporting the world’s greatest fighter pilots and combat-ready Airmen. (Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Collette Brooks)
Senior Airman Chase Cooper-Norman, right, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron wheel and tire journeyman, discusses inspection procedures with Chief Master Sgt. Ray Lewis, left, 56th EMS superintendent, Oct. 14, 2021, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. The wheel and tire team coordinate with various supporting agencies such as the non-destructive inspection team,?corrosion flight, and Lockheed Martin engineers, in order to service more than 3,800 wheels per year. The wheel and tire shop provides essential and reliable aircraft parts for the F-35A Lightning II and F-16 Fighting Falcon, supporting the world’s greatest fighter pilots and combat-ready Airmen. (Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Collette Brooks)
Staff Sgt. Trevaun Reddic, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron wheel and tire craftsman, cleans an F-35A Lightning II main wheel hub assembly Oct. 14, 2021, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. The wheel and tire shop provides wheels for all of the F-35A and F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter squadrons at Luke. (Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Collette Brooks)
Senior Airman Jonathan Chambers, left, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron wheel and tire journeyman, explains how an electric bead breaker compresses two wheel halves to Maj. Ryan O’Dea, right, 56th EMS commander, Oct. 14, 2021, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. The 56th EMS leadership team increased their knowledge and hands-on experience during a shop visit by performing various wheel and tire procedures such as how to clean, inspect and repack wheel bearings. (Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Collette Brooks)
Senior Airman Justin Bergeron, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron wheel and tire journeyman, uses a wheel-bearing packer Oct. 14, 2021, at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. In order to expedite the future use of wheel bearings, Airmen pre-inspect, clean, and re-pack the bearings with grease to ensure the bearings are ready for use once needed. (Air Force photograph by Staff Sgt. Collette Brooks)
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