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62nd MXS Hydraulics shop repairs 16 C-17 brakes for RCAF ally

Staff Sgt. Stephan Rozsel and Airman 1st Class Alexander Bogovich, 62nd Maintenance Squadron aircraft hydraulic systems specialists, work on preparing pistons to go into a hydraulic brake system of a C-17 Globemaster III on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Sept. 10, 2020. The 62nd MXS hydraulics shop conducts the detailed work that goes into hydraulic brake maintenance on a regular basis. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mikayla Heineck)

Staff Sgt. Stephan Rozsel and Airman 1st Class Alexander Bogovich, 62nd Maintenance Squadron aircraft hydraulic systems specialists, work on preparing pistons to go into a hydraulic brake system of a C-17 Globemaster III on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Sept. 10, 2020. The 62nd MXS hydraulics shop conducts the detailed work that goes into hydraulic brake maintenance on a regular basis. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mikayla Heineck)

Staff Sgt. J.C. Hutchins, 62nd Maintenance Squadron aircraft hydraulic systems specialist, places a piston into a part of a C-17 Globemaster III hydraulic brake on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Sept. 10, 2020. The brake system on a C-17 must be able to withstand 4,000 pounds per square inch of pressure. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mikayla Heineck)

Staff Sgt. J.C. Hutchins, 62nd Maintenance Squadron aircraft hydraulic systems specialist, places a piston into a part of a C-17 Globemaster III hydraulic brake on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Sept. 10, 2020. The brake system on a C-17 must be able to withstand 4,000 pounds per square inch of pressure. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mikayla Heineck)

Staff Sgt. Stephan Rozsel, 62nd Maintenance Squadron aircraft hydraulic systems specialist, takes a C-17 Globemaster III hydraulic brake housing off a shelf on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Sept. 10, 2020. The hydraulics shop balances equipment maintenance and repair requests from multiple 62nd MXG agencies in addition to taskings from other units and organizations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mikayla Heineck)

Staff Sgt. Stephan Rozsel, 62nd Maintenance Squadron aircraft hydraulic systems specialist, takes a C-17 Globemaster III hydraulic brake housing off a shelf on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Sept. 10, 2020. The hydraulics shop balances equipment maintenance and repair requests from multiple 62nd MXG agencies in addition to taskings from other units and organizations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mikayla Heineck)

Master Sgt. Warren Hessler, 62nd MXS hydraulics section chief, points out the hydraulic hose on a C-17 Globemaster III brake system on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Sept. 10, 2020. The hydraulics shop balances equipment maintenance and repair requests from multiple 62nd Maintenance Group agencies as well as other units and organizations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mikayla Heineck)

Master Sgt. Warren Hessler, 62nd MXS hydraulics section chief, points out the hydraulic hose on a C-17 Globemaster III brake system on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Sept. 10, 2020. The hydraulics shop balances equipment maintenance and repair requests from multiple 62nd Maintenance Group agencies as well as other units and organizations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mikayla Heineck)

The 62nd Maintenance Squadron hydraulics shop had to acquire a room in addition to their normal workspace to store 16 C-17 Globemaster III hydraulic brakes, their packaging, and all the parts they are made of. Once they were disassembled from their main assembly, the separated brakes created a need for more space. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mikayla Heineck)

The 62nd Maintenance Squadron hydraulics shop had to acquire a room in addition to their normal workspace to store 16 C-17 Globemaster III hydraulic brakes, their packaging, and all the parts they are made of. Once they were disassembled from their main assembly, the separated brakes created a need for more space. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mikayla Heineck)

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. --

The 62nd Maintenance Squadron (62nd MXS) hydraulics shop, in conjunction with the 446th MXS, is working on 16 C-17 Globemaster III hydraulic brakes that arrived here from a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) facility via the Air Force supply system, Aug. 12.

The hydraulics shop here typically receives an average of four or five brakes a month to repair and have mission-ready. However, the team welcomes the challenge of fixing 16 brakes at one time.

“As long as I’ve been here, we haven’t had this many brakes at once,” said Master Sgt. Warren Hessler, 62nd MXS hydraulics section chief.

The brakes have already been disassembled and are now awaiting the shipment of new parts to be built back up.

“This is a huge asset for us to take care of for the Air Force supply system,” said Staff Sgt. Stephan Roszel, 62nd MXS aircraft hydraulics systems specialist. “They were initially at a Canadian air force repair facility, but they weren’t able to handle the tasking because their equipment was down. So they reached out to us and we were able to step in and make it happen.”

The hydraulics shop balances equipment maintenance and repair requests from multiple 62nd Maintenance Group agencies, other units, and organizations, such as C-17 allies like RCAF.

The increased workload allows for unique training opportunities for newer Airmen in the unit.

When the brakes arrived, Airmen disassembled them to see what parts needed to be ordered. For an Airman who has never looked at a C-17 hydraulic brake, each part represents something new to learn.

“Any hydraulic parts that are pulled off the aircraft come to us,” Hessler said. “We tear it down, inspect it, replace any of the minor parts on it, then rebuild the whole brake assembly back up.”

The ability of the 62nd and 446th MXS hydraulics shops to take on the overhaul of 16 brakes helps keep the aircraft mission-ready.

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