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AFE: Protecting heads

AFE: Protecting Heads

Airman 1st Class Aaron Smith, 2nd Operations Support Squadron air crew flight equipment apprentice, cleans parts of a pilot’s helmet at Barksdale Air Force Base, LA., Feb. 22, 2018. A helmet must be completely disassembled to be cleaned and inspected. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sydney Campbell)

AFE: Protecting Heads

Airman 1st Class Aaron Smith, 2nd Operations Support Squadron air crew flight equipment apprentice, takes apart a pilot’s helmet at Barksdale Air Force Base, LA., Feb. 22, 2018. Air crew flight equipment Airmen are required to take apart every helmet after each use to clean and inspect its functionality. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sydney Campbell)

AFE: Protecting Heads

Airman 1st Class Aaron Smith, 2nd Operations Support Squadron air crew flight equipment apprentice, cleans parts of a pilot’s helmet at Barksdale Air Force Base, LA., Feb. 22, 2018. A helmet must be completely disassembled to be cleaned and inspected. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sydney Campbell)

AFE: Protecting Heads

Airman 1st Class Aaron Smith, 2nd Operations Support Squadron air crew flight equipment apprentice, cleans parts of a pilot’s helmet at Barksdale Air Force Base, LA., Feb. 22, 2018. A helmet must be completely disassembled to be cleaned and inspected. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sydney Campbell)

AFE: Protecting Heads

Airman 1st Class Aaron Smith, 2nd Operations Support Squadron air crew flight equipment apprentice, cleans parts of a pilot’s helmet at Barksdale Air Force Base, LA., Feb. 22, 2018. A helmet must be completely disassembled to be cleaned and inspected. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sydney Campbell)

AFE: Protecting Heads

Airman 1st Class Aaron Smith, 2nd Operations Support Squadron air crew flight equipment apprentice, takes apart a pilot’s helmet at Barksdale Air Force Base, LA., Feb. 22, 2018. Air crew flight equipment Airmen are required to take apart every helmet after each use to clean and inspect its functionality. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sydney Campbell)

AFE: Protecting Heads

Airman 1st Class Aaron Smith, 2nd Operations Support Squadron air crew flight equipment apprentice, cleans parts of a pilot’s helmet at Barksdale Air Force Base, LA., Feb. 22, 2018. A helmet must be completely disassembled to be cleaned and inspected. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sydney Campbell)

AFE: Protecting Heads

Capt. Alexander Barwikowski, 96 Bomb Squadron weapons systems officer, tests his breathing while wearing his helmet at Barksdale Air Force Base, LA., Feb. 22, 2018. Helmet function tests are conducted before every flight and once every six months. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sydney Campbell)

AFE: Protecting Heads

Airman 1st Class Aaron Smith, 2nd Operations Support Squadron air crew flight equipment apprentice, puts a completed helmet away at Barksdale Air Force Base, LA., Feb. 22, 2018. Helmets go through rigorous inspections by at least two members of the air crew flight equipment shop. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sydney Campbell)

AFE: Protecting Heads
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Helmets that have been cleaned, inspected and reassembled wait to be inspected by a non-commissioned officer at Barksdale Air Force Base, LA., Feb. 22, 2018. If any errors are found, Airmen are expected to repeat the process, fix the issue and put the helmet up for inspection by an NCO again. This process ensures safety for pilots who rely on the helmets to keep aircrew safe and alive. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sydney Campbell)

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Airman 1st Class Aaron Smith, 2nd Operations Support Squadron air crew flight equipment apprentice, poses for a portrait at Barksdale Air Force Base, LA., Feb. 22, 2018. Smith said he loves his job because he likes the responsibility of helping to keep pilots and navigators safe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sydney Campbell)

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