By Staff Sgt. Jorrie Hart, 114th Maintenence Squadron
/ Published June 02, 2018
114th Fighter Wing Crew Cheif A1C Trevor Sik changing a F-16 tire during his on the job training. Routine maintenance is performed on various parts of the jet to ensure high quality performance.
Master Sgt. Scott Meyer and Airman First Class Trevor Sik, 114th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chiefs, inspected a new tire before installing it on an aircraft at Joe Foss Field June 1, 2018. Routine maintenence keeps the F-16 fighters ready to meet operational demands put before them.(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Christopher Stewart/Released)
Sik, a new F-16 crew chief at Joe Foss Field, returned from
his five month technical training in December. As part of his training, Sik
will now be spending a minimum of sixty days focusing on key tasks essential to
become a fully qualified crew chief.
As a crew chief, Sik routinely conducts inspections and
repairs on F-16 parts such as the tire seen in the photos. The regular
maintenance is imperative to remaining proficient at launching and maintaining
the reliability of the aircraft.
“I previously helped to change a tire at Tech School,” said
Sik “This is the first time I have changed one by myself.”
Sik might be a new crew chief, but with the highly skilled
trainers of the South Dakota Air National Guard, Sik will soon be trained and
equipped to meet the operational demands put before him.