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Misawa Airmen enhance ACE capabilities, learn new skills and repair runway

Twenty-four Airmen from nine different squadrons participated in a Multi-Capable Airmen event in support of the Agile Combat Employment concept at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 12, 2020. The MCAs completed airfield inspections and four expedient spall repairs on the flightline.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Neallani Ramez, 35th Medical Operations Squadron allergy and immunization clinic NCO in charge, levels out concrete during a Multi-Capable Airmen training event at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 12, 2020. The MCAs completed airfield inspections and four expedient spall repairs on the flightline. The event further trained MCAs in support of the Agile Combat Employment concept. These events also provide a unique opportunity for Airmen to train outside their primary career field and as part of a cross-functional team supporting aircraft recovery, refueling, reloading, and launching operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Bulow-Gonterman)

Twenty-four Airmen from nine different squadrons participated in a Multi-Capable Airmen event in support of the Agile Combat Employment concept at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 12, 2020. The MCAs completed airfield inspections and four expedient spall repairs on the flightline.

U.S. Air Force Airmen observe a demonstration on how to execute a spall repair during a Multi-Capable Airmen training at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 12, 2020. The MCAs completed airfield inspections and four expedient spall repairs on the flightline. The event further trained MCAs in support of the Agile Combat Employment concept. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Bulow-Gonterman)

Twenty-four Airmen from nine different squadrons participated in a Multi-Capable Airmen event in support of the Agile Combat Employment concept at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 12, 2020. The MCAs completed airfield inspections and four expedient spall repairs on the flightline.

A U.S. Air Force Airman uses a jackhammer during a Multi-Capable Airmen training event at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 12, 2020. Twenty-four Airmen from nine different squadrons participated in the MCA event in support of the Agile Combat Employment concept. These training events promote cohesiveness and teamwork across the 35th Fighter Wing with the benefit of learning different skillsets outside of Airmen’s primary duties. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Bulow-Gonterman)

Twenty-four Airmen from nine different squadrons participated in a Multi-Capable Airmen event in support of the Agile Combat Employment concept at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 12, 2020. The MCAs completed airfield inspections and four expedient spall repairs on the flightline.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Neallani Ramez, 35th Medical Operations Squadron allergy and immunization clinic NCO in charge, operates a concrete saw during a Multi-Capable Airmen event at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 12, 2020. MCA events train Airmen to support the Agile Combat Employment concept and promote cohesiveness and teamwork across the 35th Fighter Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Bulow-Gonterman)

Twenty-four Airmen from nine different squadrons participated in a Multi-Capable Airmen event in support of the Agile Combat Employment concept at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 12, 2020. The MCAs completed airfield inspections and four expedient spall repairs on the flightline.

U.S. Air Force Airmen with the 35th Fighter Wing mix concrete during a Multi-Capable Airmen training at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 12, 2020. The MCAs completed airfield inspections and four expedient spall repairs on the flightline. The training events are a unique opportunity for Airmen to train outside their primary career field and as part of a cross-functional team supporting aircraft recovery, refueling, reloading, and launching operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Bulow-Gonterman)

Twenty-four Airmen from nine different squadrons participated in a Multi-Capable Airmen event in support of the Agile Combat Employment concept at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 12, 2020. The MCAs completed airfield inspections and four expedient spall repairs on the flightline.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Neallani Ramez, 35th Medical Operations Squadron allergy and immunization clinic NCO in charge, draws a chalk line on the concrete during a Multi-Capable Airmen event at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 12, 2020. The MCAs completed airfield inspections and four expedient spall repairs on the flightline. These training events are a unique opportunity for Airmen to train outside their primary career field and as part of a cross-functional team supporting aircraft recovery, refueling, reloading, and launching operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Bulow-Gonterman)

Twenty-four Airmen from nine different squadrons participated in a Multi-Capable Airmen event in support of the Agile Combat Employment concept at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 12, 2020. The MCAs completed airfield inspections and four expedient spall repairs on the flightline.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Neallani Ramez, 35th Medical Operations Squadron allergy and immunization clinic NCO in charge, draws a line below the area of degraded concrete during a Multi-Capable Airmen event at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 12, 2020. The event further trained MCAs in support of the Agile Combat Employment concept. The MCAs completed airfield inspections and four expedient spall repairs on the flightline. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Bulow-Gonterman)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan --

Twenty-four Airmen from nine different squadrons participated in a Multi-Capable Airmen event in support of the Agile Combat Employment concept at Misawa Air Base, Japan, June 12, 2020. The MCAs completed airfield inspections and four expedient spall repairs on the flightline.

A spall is broken up, flaked or pitted concrete, which measure less than two square feet and can quickly be repaired. Spall repairs are vital to keeping the airfield operational and preventing potential damage to aircraft due to debris.

“The MCA training gave me a better understanding of all the different factors that need to be considered when it comes to airfield inspections and repair,” said Staff Sgt. Neallani Ramez, 35th Medical Operations Squadron allergy and immunization clinic NCO in charge. “It put into perspective the team effort it will take to make sure airfields are within safe operating standards during ACE deployments. It was an overall great experience! I wasn’t exactly sure what I was getting myself into at first, but I’m glad I got the opportunity to be a part of it. The instructors did a great job of explaining exactly what we were doing, why we were doing it, and demonstrating how to do it.”

Multi-Capable Airmen events are a unique opportunity for Airmen to train outside their primary career field and as part of a cross-functional team supporting aircraft recovery, refueling, reloading, and launching operations.