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Airman inspects breaks on F-16 aircraft before installing new tire

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.

Two Airman inspect a new tire before installing it on an F-16 aircraft

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)

Joe Foss Field, SD --

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.