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Staff Sgt. Logan Schiermeyer, 22nd Maintenance Squadron hydraulics systems craftsman, ascends stairs towards the tail access compartment on a KC-135 Stratotanker during an isochronal inspection Dec. 2, 2020, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. The boom hoist unit, located inside the tail access compartment, enables the boom hoist cable to lift and lower the boom, and it is serviced every two years during an isochronal inspection. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alan Ricker)

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Staff Sgt. Logan Schiermeyer, 22nd Maintenance Squadron hydraulics systems craftsman, loosens nuts on a KC-135 Stratotanker boom hoist gear box during an isochronal inspection Dec. 2, 2020, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. The gear box is removed from the tanker and serviced during the inspection. This allows the boom hoist unit to continue to operate the boom hoist cable that maneuvers the boom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alan Ricker)

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Staff Sgt. Logan Schiermeyer, 22nd Maintenance Squadron hydraulics systems craftsman, removes a boom hoist gear box from a KC-135 Stratotanker during an isochronal inspection Dec. 2, 2020, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. The gear box is maintained each isochronal inspection, which occurs every two years. It is a part of the boom hoist unit, which utilizes a cable to maneuver the boom during aerial refueling operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alan Ricker)

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Staff Sgt. Logan Schiermeyer, 22nd Maintenance Squadron hydraulics systems craftsman, services a boom hoist gear box from a KC-135 Stratotanker during an isochronal inspection Dec. 2, 2020, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. Specialized oil is replaced during the inspection, ensuring the gear box is able to support the operation of the boom hoist cable. The cable, connected to the boom hoist unit, lifts and lowers the boom during refueling operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alan Ricker)

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Staff Sgt. Logan Schiermeyer, 22nd Maintenance Squadron hydraulics systems craftsman, replaces specialized oil inside of KC-135 Stratotanker boom hoist gear box during an isochronal inspection Dec. 2, 2020, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. The gear box’s lubricant is replaced to ensure the tanker’s boom is fully operational and can efficiently support McConnell’s refueling mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alan Ricker)

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- Staff Sgt. Logan Schiermeyer, 22nd Maintenance Squadron hydraulics systems craftsman, ascends stairs towards the tail access compartment on a KC-135 Stratotanker during an isochronal inspection Dec. 2, 2020, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. The boom hoist unit, located inside the tail access compartment, enables the boom hoist cable to lift and lower the boom, and it is serviced every two years during an isochronal inspection. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alan Ricker)