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39th MXS aircraft recovery team performs crane-lift exercise

Airmen from the 39th Maintenance Squadron’s Crash Damaged Disabled Aircraft Recovery team conducted a crane-lift exercise at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Nov. 23, 2021.

Airmen assigned to the 39th Maintenance Squadron’s Crash Damaged Disabled Aircraft Recovery team prepare a winch at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Nov. 23, 2021. Airmen from the 39th MXS performed a crane-lift exercise in order to ensure response readiness for the Crash Damaged Disabled Aircraft Recovery team. CDDAR is a program that is established for the response and recovery of any downed aircraft in the airfield quickly and effectively while avoiding any further damage. The CDDAR team provides their capabilities to NATO partners’ aircraft as well as aircraft for tenant units like the 728th Air Mobility Squadron and 384th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jacob Derry)

Airmen from the 39th Maintenance Squadron’s Crash Damaged Disabled Aircraft Recovery team conducted a crane-lift exercise at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Nov. 23, 2021.

Airmen assigned to the 39th Maintenance Squadron’s Crash Damaged Disabled Aircraft Recovery team prepare a winch at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Nov. 23, 2021. Airmen from the 39th MXS performed a crane-lift exercise in order to ensure response readiness for the Crash Damaged Disabled Aircraft Recovery team. CDDAR is a program that is established for the response and recovery of any downed aircraft in the airfield quickly and effectively while avoiding any further damage. The CDDAR team provides their capabilities to NATO partners’ aircraft as well as aircraft for tenant units like the 728th Air Mobility Squadron and 384th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jacob Derry)

Airmen from the 39th Maintenance Squadron’s Crash Damaged Disabled Aircraft Recovery team conducted a crane-lift exercise at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Nov. 23, 2021.

Senior Airman Ashton Tull, a Crash Damaged Disabled Aircraft Recovery journeyman assigned to the 39th Maintenance Squadron prepares to lift a Turkish Air Force F-4 Phantom II at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Nov. 23, 2021. Airmen from the 39th MXS performed a crane-lift exercise in order to ensure response readiness for the Crash Damaged Disabled Aircraft Recovery team. CDDAR is a program that is established for the response and recovery of any downed aircraft in the airfield quickly and effectively while avoiding any further damage. The CDDAR team provides their capabilities to NATO partners’ aircraft as well as aircraft for tenant units like the 728th Air Mobility Squadron and 384th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jacob Derry)

Airmen from the 39th Maintenance Squadron’s Crash Damaged Disabled Aircraft Recovery team conducted a crane-lift exercise at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Nov. 23, 2021.

Tech Sgt. Christopher Weikert (left) and Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Torres, both Crash Damaged Disabled Aircraft Recovery team chiefs assigned to the 39th Maintenance Squadron, observe a crane-lift exercise at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Nov. 23, 2021. Airmen from the 39th MXS conducted the exercise in order to ensure response readiness for the Crash Damaged Disabled Aircraft Recovery team. CDDAR is a program that is established for the response and recovery of any downed aircraft quickly and effectively while avoiding any further damage. The CDDAR team provides their capabilities to NATO partners’ aircraft, as well as aircraft for tenant units like the 728th Air Mobility Squadron and 384th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jacob Derry)

Airmen from the 39th Maintenance Squadron’s Crash Damaged Disabled Aircraft Recovery team conducted a crane-lift exercise at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Nov. 23, 2021.

Staff Sgt. Colin Playford (left), a hydraulics craftsman assigned to the 728th Air Mobility Squadron, and SrA Kelvin Pellom, a repair and reclamation journeyman assigned to the 384th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, attach hoist cables to a Turkish Air Force F-4 Phantom II at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Nov. 23, 2021. Airmen from the 39th Maintenance Squadron performed a crane-lift exercise in order to ensure response readiness for the Crash Damaged Disabled Aircraft Recovery team. CDDAR is a program that is established for the response and recovery of any downed aircraft quickly and effectively while avoiding any further damage. The CDDAR team provides their capabilities to NATO partners’ aircraft, as well as aircraft for tenant units like the 728th AMS and 384th EARS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jacob Derry)

Airmen from the 39th Maintenance Squadron’s Crash Damaged Disabled Aircraft Recovery team conducted a crane-lift exercise at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Nov. 23, 2021.

Airmen assigned to the 39th Maintenance Squadron’s Crash Damaged Disabled Aircraft Recovery team prepare a winch at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Nov. 23, 2021. Airmen from the 39th MXS performed a crane-lift exercise in order to ensure response readiness for the Crash Damaged Disabled Aircraft Recovery team. CDDAR is a program that is established for the response and recovery of any downed aircraft in the airfield quickly and effectively while avoiding any further damage. The CDDAR team provides their capabilities to NATO partners’ aircraft as well as aircraft for tenant units like the 728th Air Mobility Squadron and 384th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jacob Derry)

Airmen from the 39th Maintenance Squadron’s Crash Damaged Disabled Aircraft Recovery team conducted a crane-lift exercise at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Nov. 23, 2021.

Senior Airman Sean McFarlane and Airman 1st Class Kalani Black, both Crash Damaged Disabled Aircraft Recovery journeymen assigned to the 39th Maintenance Squadron, wind wire rope at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Nov. 23, 2021. Airmen from the 39th MXS performed a crane-lift exercise in order to ensure response readiness for the Crash Damaged Disabled Aircraft Recovery team. CDDAR is a program that is established for the response and recovery of any downed aircraft in the airfield quickly and effectively while avoiding any further damage. The CDDAR team provides their capabilities to NATO partners’ aircraft as well as aircraft for tenant units like the 728th Air Mobility Squadron and 384th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jacob Derry)

Airmen from the 39th Maintenance Squadron’s Crash Damaged Disabled Aircraft Recovery team conducted a crane-lift exercise at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Nov. 23, 2021.

Senior Airman Ashton Tull (right), a Crash Damaged Disabled Aircraft Recovery journeyman assigned to the 39th Maintenance Squadron unties a guide rope at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Nov. 23, 2021. Airmen from the 39th MXS performed a crane-lift exercise in order to ensure response readiness for the Crash Damaged Disabled Aircraft Recovery team. CDDAR is a program that is established for the response and recovery of any downed aircraft in the airfield quickly and effectively while avoiding any further damage. The CDDAR team provides their capabilities to NATO partners’ aircraft as well as aircraft for tenant units like the 728th Air Mobility Squadron and 384th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jacob Derry)

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Airmen from the 39th Maintenance Squadron’s Crash Damaged Disabled Aircraft Recovery team conducted a crane-lift exercise at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Nov. 23, 2021.

CDDAR is a program that enables quick and effective response and recovery of any downed aircraft while avoiding any further damage. Tech. Sgt. Patrick Curran, a CDDAR team chief assigned to the 39th MXS, said that the program is one he hopes to not use often, but the CDDAR Airmen must be ready at all times.

“This training is primarily to keep our team proficient,” explained Curran. “In case a real-world scenario happens, you don’t want that to be your team’s first experience. There’s a lot going on, especially in a joint environment, and you need to rely on your team members to know what they’re doing.”

The exercise scenario required the CDDAR teams to respond to a disabled Turkish Air Force F-4 Phantom II aircraft. Airmen surveyed the scene and aircraft for any potential hazards and determined the best course of action for recovery. The team then prepared to lift the aircraft with a crane by attaching hoist cables and using wire rope with winches to stabilize the aircraft.

Performing this type of training gives Airmen a better understanding of what to expect when working with partners in a joint environment, said Senior Airman Gage Buckland, a CDDAR journeyman assigned to the 39th MXS.

“I’m a hands-on learner,” said Buckland. “The fact that we’re able to work with our partners and set this kind of training up helps me a lot. It’s so much different doing it in real life compared to just seeing the procedures on paper.”

The CDDAR team routinely sharpens their capabilities in case they are called to support aircraft for NATO partners or tenant units like the 728th Air Mobility Squadron and 384th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron.

“If you have a flying operation at your base, you need our team,” he said. “Whether it’s an in-flight emergency, ground emergency or aircraft mishap, we’ll be ready to respond.”