Sheppard in Photos

Airman Bradd Hammond 363rd Training Squadron F-15 Eagle aircraft armament systems apprentice student performs functional checks of launch and suspension systems at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. Students learn to maintain launch and release devices and also load munitions onto them. (U.S. Air Force photo/Liz H. Colunga)

Airman Bradd Hammond 363rd Training Squadron F-15 Eagle aircraft armament systems apprentice student performs functional checks of launch and suspension systems at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. Students learn to maintain launch and release devices and also load munitions onto them. (U.S. Air Force photo/Liz H. Colunga)

Airmen Bradd Hammond, Tyana Haylock and Anthony Williams, 363rd Training Squadron F-15 Eagle aircraft armament systems apprentice students perform functional checks of launch and suspension systems at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. Students learn to maintain launch and release devices and also load munitions onto them. (U.S. Air Force photo/Liz H. Colunga)

Airmen Bradd Hammond, Tyana Haylock and Anthony Williams, 363rd Training Squadron F-15 Eagle aircraft armament systems apprentice students perform functional checks of launch and suspension systems at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. Students learn to maintain launch and release devices and also load munitions onto them. (U.S. Air Force photo/Liz H. Colunga)

Airmen Anthony Williams, Tyana Haylock and Bradd Hammond, 363rd Training Squadron F-15 Eagle aircraft armament systems apprentice students unload air-to-air munitions from aircraft at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. The 363rd Training Squadron provides training for armament, munitions, nuclear weapons and maintenance scheduling and analysis. (U.S. Air Force photo/Liz H. Colunga)

Airmen Anthony Williams, Tyana Haylock and Bradd Hammond, 363rd Training Squadron F-15 Eagle aircraft armament systems apprentice students unload air-to-air munitions from aircraft at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. The 363rd Training Squadron provides training for armament, munitions, nuclear weapons and maintenance scheduling and analysis. (U.S. Air Force photo/Liz H. Colunga)

Airman Tyana Haylock, 363rd Training Squadron F-15 Eagle aircraft armament systems apprentice student inspects munitions launch, release, suspension, and monitor systems and associated handling and loading equipment at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. The 363rd Training Squadron provides training for armament, munitions, nuclear weapons and maintenance scheduling and analysis. (U.S. Air Force photo/Liz H. Colunga)

Airman Tyana Haylock, 363rd Training Squadron F-15 Eagle aircraft armament systems apprentice student inspects munitions launch, release, suspension, and monitor systems and associated handling and loading equipment at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. The 363rd Training Squadron provides training for armament, munitions, nuclear weapons and maintenance scheduling and analysis. (U.S. Air Force photo/Liz H. Colunga)

Airman 1st Class Ryan Ferguson, 364th Training Squadron cables and antenna systems apprentice course student, trains on how to do a ground based belay assist tower rescue, while his instructor, Cpl. Alex Shepley, and classmate, Airman MeKail Merritt, look on.  Several situations like equipment failure or injury could leave the climber unable to descend the tower on their own. This method is the safest method of retrieving someone from the tower because it only puts the person descending at risk, no one else.

Airman 1st Class Ryan Ferguson, 364th Training Squadron cables and antenna systems apprentice course student, trains on how to do a ground based belay assist tower rescue, while his instructor, Cpl. Alex Shepley, and classmate, Airman MeKail Merritt, look on. Several situations like equipment failure or injury could leave the climber unable to descend the tower on their own. This method is the safest method of retrieving someone from the tower because it only puts the person descending at risk, no one else.

Airmen Adam Brenteson and Brady Hendricks, 364th Training Squadron electrical and environmental apprentice course students,  remove a broken oxygen regulator on the F-15D Eagle during training. A steady oxygen supply to the pilot is crucial to maintain consciousness at certain altitudes. (U.S Air Force photo by Senior Airman Robert L. McIlrath)

Airmen Adam Brenteson and Brady Hendricks, 364th Training Squadron electrical and environmental apprentice course students, remove a broken oxygen regulator on the F-15D Eagle during training. A steady oxygen supply to the pilot is crucial to maintain consciousness at certain altitudes. (U.S Air Force photo by Senior Airman Robert L. McIlrath)