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Aircrew Flight Equipment student secures ejection seat riser straps

Airman 1st Class Grant Kelton, a 361st Training Squadron aircrew flight equipment apprentice course student, secures ejection seat riser straps during training at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, on June 9, 2020. Kelton is in block 7 of the apprentice course and is scheduled to graduate June 18, 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alan R. Quevy)

Aircrew Flight Equipment students perform line continuity inspection on parachute

Airman Marina Gentile, a 361st Training Squadron aircrew flight equipment apprentice course student, assists in separating lines for a line contunity inspection at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, on June 9, 2020. Line continuity is part of the standard safety check in the career field. Gentle is scheduled to graduate July 18, 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alan R. Quevy)

Aircrew Flight Equipment student works on 206RB Corsew sewing machine

Airman Dwaine Asis, a 361st Training Squadron aircrew flight equipment apprentice course student, adjusts the timing of the hook to the needle on a 206RB Consew sewing machine at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, on June 9, 2020. Securing the timing on the 206RB ensures the security of the stitch applied to different fabics used in aircrew survival equipment. Asis is in block 5 of the apprentice course and is scheduled to graduate July 17, 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alan R. Quevy)

Aircrew Flight Equipment student adjusts the needle and needle bar on a 206RB Consew sewing machine

Senior Airman Jared Steele, a 361st Training Squadron aircrew flight equipment apprentice course student, adjusts the needle and needle bar on a 206RB Consew at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, on June 9, 2020. The Consew is used to repair a number of different fabrics used by aircrew, but most recently, they were used by AFE students and personnel to create cloth face covers. Steele is in block 5 of the apprentice course and scheduled to graduate July 17, 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alan R. Quevy)

Aircrew Flight Equipment student replaces the feed dog on a 206RB Consew sewing machine

Airman 1st Class Sarah Grabowski, a 361st Training Squadron aircrew flight equipment apprentice course student, replaces the feed dog on a 206RB Consew sewing machine at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, on June 9, 2020. The feed dog assists in the forward movement of different materials as AFE Airmen repair different components that are part of aircrew survival equipment. Grabowski is in block 5 of the apprentice course and scheduled to graduate July 17, 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alan R. Quevy)

Aircrew Flight Equipment student inspects a quick don mask

Airman 1st Class Gavin Peterson, a 361st Training Squadron aircrew flight equipment apprentice course student, inspects a Scott 358 Quick Don Mask at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, on June 9, 2020. The Scott 358 mask is part of the HGU 55P helmet used by aircrew during flight. Peterson is in block 1 of the apprentice course and scheduled to graduate Aug. 17, 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alan R. Quevy)

Aircrew Flight Equipment student assembles face mask oxygen hose

Airman James Rogers, a 361st Training Squadron aircrew flight equipment apprentice course student, assembles the MDU-20 pressure demand system at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, on June 9, 2020. The MDU-20 is part of the HGU 55P helmet used by aircrew during flight. Rogers is in block 1 of the apprentice course and scheduled to graduate Aug. 17, 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alan R. Quevy)

Aircrew Flight Equipment student works on life raft

Airman Toby Brantley, a 361st Training Squadron aircrew flight equipment apprentice course student, ties the sea anchor to an LRU-16P life raft at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, on June 9, 2020. The sea anchor secures the life raft while in a body of water should aircrew have to make a water landing. Brantley is in block 4 of the apprentice course and scheduled to graduate Aug. 3, 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alan R. Quevy)

Aircrew Flight Equipment student separates parachute lines

Airman Kali Corbett, a 361st Training Squadron aircrew flight equipment apprentice course student, separates parachute lines for line contunity inspection at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, on June 9, 2020. Line continuity is part of the standard safety check in the career field. Corbett is scheduled to graduate July 18, 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alan R. Quevy)

Aircrew Flight Equipment students work on a parachute
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Aircrew flight apprentice course students work together to inspect and eventually pack a parachute at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, on June 9, 2020. This block is one of five during the 31-day academic training day course in which AFE students learn about the different components that play a role in the survivability of aircrew. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alan R. Quevy)

Aircrew Flight Equipment student stacks the apex of a parachute
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Airman Lee Cutshaw, a 361st Training Squadron aircrew flight equipment apprentice course student, stacks the apex of a parachute at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, on June 9, 2020. Stacking the apex is part of the standard safety check to ensure the parachute properly deploys should aircrew have to eject or bail out of an aircraft. Cutshaw is scheduled to graduate July 18, 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alan R. Quevy)

Aircrew Flight Equipment student separates parachute lines
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Airman Desira Giles, a 361st Training Squadron aircrew flight equipment apprentice course student, separates lines for line contunity at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, on June 9, 2020. Line continuity is part of the standard safety check of parachutes. Giles is scheduled to graduate July 18, 2020. (U.S. Air Force photo by Alan R. Quevy)

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – When it comes to the safety and survival of the Air Force’s flying community, aircrew flight equipment Airmen are the first in line to ensure they are the last ones to let aircrews down.

AFE Airmen get there start with technical training here at Sheppard AFB, where they spend 31 academic days honing their craft and learning the tools of the trade. The career field is responsible for ensuring equipment on aircraft is ready for use in a moment’s notice if the need arises.

Flight equipment maintained and repaired by AFE Airmen include items such as flight helmets and oxygen masks, parachutes, survival equipment, rafts, harnesses and more.