It’s not every day a pair of Reserve Citizen Airman maintainers get to help shape the future of the Air Force, but events like the recent light attack experiment can provide the opportunity.
Senior Master Sgt. Scott Lopez, 476th Maintenance Squadron maintenance superintendent at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, and Tech. Sgt. Lauren Camarena, an electrical and environmental systems craftsman with the 476th MXS, travelled to Holloman AFB, New Mexico, for two months earlier this year to take part in phase two of the experiment.
The experiment tested the capabilities and maintainability of the AT-6 Wolverine and the A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft to determine which plane would best fit the Air Force’s needs in a close-air-support role.
The AT-6 is a variant of the Beechcraft T-6 Texan training aircraft currently in use by the U.S. Air Force and Navy. The A-29 is in service in multiple countries around the world.
During the experiment, Lopez led his total force team as they documented more than 170 training missions flown in the A-29, including working with three allied special operations forces to train more than a dozen foreign joint terminal attack controllers.
“This was a joint operation,” said Lopez. Pilots selected for the experiment included Airmen, Marines, and naval aviators. He also touted the combined operations with allied nations.