by SrA Maeson Elleman

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Geoffrey Fitzjarrell, 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron (EMS) armament systems technician, re-pins an F-15 Eagle missile launcher coaxial cable during repairs on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Nov. 18, 2013. The 18th EMS Armament Flight, which acts as the focal point for weapons systems maintenance for the F-15 Eagles from the 44th and 67th Fighter Squadrons here, ensures Kadena's combat power is ready for employment at a moment's notice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Maeson L. Elleman/Released)

Photographer's Narrative


What good is a fighter jet without a weapons system? Sure, it can get one (maybe two) people to a destination pretty quickly, but is it really practical if it can’t use force at all? These Airmen spend their days ensuring F-15 Eagles have that capability at all times, and it often involves the repair of the tiniest wires. This was one of those times.