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Leading Edge: 354th Aircraft Maintenance Unit

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. John Lokken, the 354th Fighter Wing command chief, talks with aircraft maintainers on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 28, 2020.

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. John Lokken, the 354th Fighter Wing command chief, talks with aircraft maintainers on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 28, 2020. The 354th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron is responsible for maintaining both F-35A Lightning II aircraft, as well as F-16 Fighting Falcons. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. John Lokken, the 354th Fighter Wing command chief, talks with aircraft maintainers on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 28, 2020.

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. John Lokken, the 354th Fighter Wing command chief, talks with aircraft maintainers on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 28, 2020. As the new command chief of the 345th FW, Lokken is responsible for advising the wing commander on any enlisted matters affecting the mission, readiness or quality of life on Eielson. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. John Lokken, the 354th Fighter Wing command chief, talks with Chief Master Sgt. Robert Soto, the 354th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (AMXS) superintendent, on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 28, 2020.

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. John Lokken, the 354th Fighter Wing command chief, talks with Chief Master Sgt. Robert Soto, the 354th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (AMXS) superintendent, on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 28, 2020. The 354th AMXS maintains F-35A Lightning II and F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft in support of the 356th Fighter Squadron and 18th Aggressor Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. John Lokken, the 354th Fighter Wing (FW) command chief, talks with Chief Master Sgt. Robert Soto, the 354th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (AMXS) superintendent, and Airman 1st Class Devin Duhon, 354th AMXS F-35A Lightning II crew chief, on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 28, 2020.

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. John Lokken, the 354th Fighter Wing (FW) command chief, talks with Chief Master Sgt. Robert Soto, the 354th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (AMXS) superintendent, and Airman 1st Class Devin Duhon, 354th AMXS F-35A Lightning II crew chief, on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 28, 2020. Lokken visited 354th AMXS Airmen to witness their contribution to the 354th FW mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. John Lokken, the 354th Fighter Wing command chief, talks with Chief Master Sgt. Robert Soto, the 354th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (AMXS) superintendent, on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 28, 2020.

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. John Lokken, the 354th Fighter Wing command chief, talks with Chief Master Sgt. Robert Soto, the 354th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (AMXS) superintendent, on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Aug. 28, 2020. The 354th AMXS maintains F-35A Lightning IIs assigned to the 356th Fighter Squadron and F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 18th Aggressor Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Beaux Hebert)

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska --

("Leading Edge" is a series of photo stories that focus on 354th Fighter Wing leaders' immersion with wing units and highlights their contribution to the mission.)  

“Being able to help the 354th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron launch a jet was incredibly insightful. An aircraft maintenance Airman’s impact to our mission is vital, and it’s not hard to figure out that our pilots couldn’t do their job if our maintainers can’t do theirs.  The hard work the maintainers do directly contribute to our national security and seeing that happen right in front of me was very inspiring.  I couldn’t thank them enough for what they do for our country.” – Chief Master Sgt. John Lokken, the 354th Fighter Wing command chief