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Leading Edge: 709th TMXS Detachment 460

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Aaron Boyle, left, the 709th Technical Maintenance Squadron (TMXS), Detachment 460 chief, shows a Utility Transport Vehicle to Col. David Berkland, the 354th Fighter Wing (FW) commander, and Chief Master Sgt. John Lokken, the 354th FW command chief, during a leadership immersion on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, March 11, 2021.

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Aaron Boyle, left, the 709th Technical Maintenance Squadron (TMXS), Detachment 460 chief, shows a Utility Transport Vehicle to Col. David Berkland, the 354th Fighter Wing (FW) commander, and Chief Master Sgt. John Lokken, the 354th FW command chief, during a leadership immersion on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, March 11, 2021. The detachment conducts nuclear treaty monitoring through seismic and atmospheric data collection and reports data findings to national decision makers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jose Miguel T. Tamondong)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Thomas Cordua, a 709th Technical Maintenance Squadron (TMXS), Detachment 460 field maintenance supervisor, explains how an advanced automatic cryogenic rectifier (AACR) works to Col. David Berkland, the 354th Fighter Wing commander, during a leadership immersion on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, March 11, 2021.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Thomas Cordua, a 709th Technical Maintenance Squadron (TMXS), Detachment 460 field maintenance supervisor, explains how an advanced automatic cryogenic rectifier (AACR) works to Col. David Berkland, the 354th Fighter Wing commander, during a leadership immersion on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, March 11, 2021. The AACR is an air sampling device which continuously removes gases of interest from the atmosphere through a process in which nitrogen and oxygen are separated from air. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jose Miguel T. Tamondong)

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Aaron Boyle, the 709th Technical Maintenance Squadron (TMXS), Detachment 460 chief, participates in a leadership immersion on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, March 11, 2021.

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Aaron Boyle, the 709th Technical Maintenance Squadron (TMXS), Detachment 460 chief, participates in a leadership immersion on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, March 11, 2021. The detachment’s mission is to monitor and record natural and man-made seismic disturbances in the earth in conjunction with the Air Force Technical Applications Center’s nuclear treaty monitoring mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jose Miguel T. Tamondong)

A seismometer is displayed during a leadership immersion March 11, 2021, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska.

A seismometer is displayed during a leadership immersion March 11, 2021, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. Airmen assigned to the 709th Technical Maintenance Squadron, Detachment 460, use seismometers to measure and record earthquakes and nuclear events. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jose Miguel T. Tamondong)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Caleb Davis, a 709th Technical Maintenance Squadron, Detachment 460 field maintenance technician, demonstrates how to use a seismometer to Col. David Berkland, the 354th Fighter Wing commander, during a leadership immersion on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, March 11, 2021.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Caleb Davis, a 709th Technical Maintenance Squadron, Detachment 460 field maintenance technician, demonstrates how to use a seismometer to Col. David Berkland, the 354th Fighter Wing commander, during a leadership immersion on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, March 11, 2021. The detachment operates and maintains the most comprehensive seismic network in the United States Atomic Energy Detection System. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jose Miguel T. Tamondong)

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Aaron Boyle, left, the 709th Technical Maintenance Squadron (TMXS), Detachment 460 chief, talks about a photo with Col. David Berkland, the 354th Fighter Wing (FW) commander, and Chief Master Sgt. John Lokken, the 354th FW command chief, during a leadership immersion on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, March 11, 2021.

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Aaron Boyle, left, the 709th Technical Maintenance Squadron (TMXS), Detachment 460 chief, talks about a photo with Col. David Berkland, the 354th Fighter Wing (FW) commander, and Chief Master Sgt. John Lokken, the 354th FW command chief, during a leadership immersion on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, March 11, 2021. The detachment conducts nuclear treaty monitoring through seismic and atmospheric data collection and reports data findings to national decision makers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jose Miguel T. Tamondong)

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Aaron Boyle, left, the 709th Technical Maintenance Squadron (TMXS), Detachment 460 chief, and Staff Sgt. Robert Stone, a 709th TMXS field maintenance supervisor, speak with Chief Master Sgt. John Lokken, the 354th Fighter Wing (FW) command chief, and Col. David Berkland, the 354th FW commander, during a leadership immersion on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, March 11, 2021.

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Aaron Boyle, left, the 709th Technical Maintenance Squadron (TMXS), Detachment 460 chief, and Staff Sgt. Robert Stone, a 709th TMXS field maintenance supervisor, speak with Chief Master Sgt. John Lokken, the 354th Fighter Wing (FW) command chief, and Col. David Berkland, the 354th FW commander, during a leadership immersion on Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, March 11, 2021. The unit’s mission is to monitor and record natural and man-made seismic disturbances in the earth. The team executes this in conjunction with the Air Force Technical Applications Center’s nuclear treaty monitoring mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jose Miguel T. Tamondong)

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.)

"It is important for the Commander and myself to go see all the tenant units on the installation. There are still Airmen that are in the Air Force that are detached from their chain of command. As the host Wing on the installation, it's important for us to get there and meet them and let them know that we're here to help. The capability that [the 709th Technical Maintenance Squadron, Detachment 460] brings is super interesting. To know that they can see and do those kinds of things and the information that they help get to the decision makers is vital." 

-Chief Master Sgt. John Lokken, 354th Fighter Wing command chief