Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan
MCAS Iwakuni is a mission-ready air station, capable of providing continuous base-operating support for tenant organizations and follow-on U.S. and allied forces during training, combat or contingency (HA/DR) operations throughout the Indo-Asia Pacific region.
Photo By: Lance Cpl. Gabriela Garcia-Herrera
MARINE CORPS SIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan - U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Kyle Vanvleck, an aircraft ordnance technician with Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 242, checks the placement of impulse and delay cartridges (CCU-45B) in an F/A-18D Hornet at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Oct. 27, 2017. An aviation technician’s, also known as a maintainer, job is to secure the well-being of their pilots by ensuring the functionality of the F/A-18D. CCU-45B cartridges are used for releasing stores, or extra weight, on an aircraft and in ejection systems. When the cartridge is fired gas pressure moves a piston, which unlocks the connection to the store or ejection system, then releases the store or activates the ejection system. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Gabriela Garcia-Herrera)
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