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Airmen from the 28th Maintenance Squadron tool crib check out tools to aircraft maintainers at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Sept. 11, 2018. The tool crib maintains, distributes and accounts for a multitude of tools used by Airmen in the 37th and 34th Bomb Squadrons for maintenance and repair of the base’s fleet of B-1s. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Airmen from the 28th Maintenance Squadron tool crib check out tools to aircraft maintainers at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Sept. 11, 2018. The tool crib maintains, distributes and accounts for a multitude of tools used by Airmen in the 37th and 34th Bomb Squadrons for maintenance and repair of the base’s fleet of B-1s. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Staff Sgt. Michael Pickels, a 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron B-1 crew chief, works with a laser engraver in the 28th Maintenance Squadron tool crib at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Sept. 11, 2018. The tool crib maintains, distributes and accounts for a multitude of tools used by Airmen in the 37th and 34th Bomb Squadrons for maintenance and repair of the base’s fleet of B-1s. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Staff Sgt. Michael Pickels, a 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron B-1 crew chief, works with a laser engraver in the 28th Maintenance Squadron tool crib at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Sept. 11, 2018. The tool crib maintains, distributes and accounts for a multitude of tools used by Airmen in the 37th and 34th Bomb Squadrons for maintenance and repair of the base’s fleet of B-1s. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

The 28th Maintenance Squadron tool crib checks out tools to maintenance Airmen working the evening shift at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Sept. 11, 2018. The tool crib maintains, distributes and accounts for a multitude of tools used by Airmen in the 37th and 34th Bomb Squadrons for maintenance and repair of the base’s fleet of B-1s. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

The 28th Maintenance Squadron tool crib checks out tools to maintenance Airmen working the evening shift at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Sept. 11, 2018. The tool crib maintains, distributes and accounts for a multitude of tools used by Airmen in the 37th and 34th Bomb Squadrons for maintenance and repair of the base’s fleet of B-1s. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Airman 1st Class Cole Childers, a 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron B-1 crew chief, looks at a checklist while in the tool crib at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Sept. 11, 2018. Maintainers from the 37th and 34th Bomb Squadrons utilize equipment and tools from the 28th Maintenance Squadron tool crib to make sure the base’s B-1s are flight-worthy and ready to deploy at a moment’s notice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Airman 1st Class Cole Childers, a 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron B-1 crew chief, looks at a checklist while in the tool crib at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Sept. 11, 2018. Maintainers from the 37th and 34th Bomb Squadrons utilize equipment and tools from the 28th Maintenance Squadron tool crib to make sure the base’s B-1s are flight-worthy and ready to deploy at a moment’s notice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Screwdriver bits are laid out for use in the 28th Maintenance Squadron tool crib at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Sept. 11, 2018. The tool crib maintains, distributes and accounts for a multitude of tools used by Airmen in the 37th and 34th Bomb Squadrons for maintenance and repair of the base’s fleet of B-1s. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Screwdriver bits are laid out for use in the 28th Maintenance Squadron tool crib at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Sept. 11, 2018. The tool crib maintains, distributes and accounts for a multitude of tools used by Airmen in the 37th and 34th Bomb Squadrons for maintenance and repair of the base’s fleet of B-1s. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Airman 1st Class Casey Pelt, a 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron B-1 crew chief, checks out tools before he starts his shift at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Sept. 11, 2018. The 28th Maintenance Squadron tool crib maintains, distributes and accounts for a multitude of equipment used by Airmen in the 37th and 34th Bomb Squadrons for maintenance and repair of the base’s fleet of B-1s. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Airman 1st Class Casey Pelt, a 28th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron B-1 crew chief, checks out tools before he starts his shift at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Sept. 11, 2018. The 28th Maintenance Squadron tool crib maintains, distributes and accounts for a multitude of equipment used by Airmen in the 37th and 34th Bomb Squadrons for maintenance and repair of the base’s fleet of B-1s. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

A 28th Maintenance Squadron tool crib laser engraver is used to label an aircraft part at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Sept. 11, 2018. The tool crib maintains, distributes and accounts for a multitude of tools used by Airmen in the 37th and 34th Bomb Squadrons for maintenance and repair of the base’s fleet of B-1s. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

A 28th Maintenance Squadron tool crib laser engraver is used to label an aircraft part at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Sept. 11, 2018. The tool crib maintains, distributes and accounts for a multitude of tools used by Airmen in the 37th and 34th Bomb Squadrons for maintenance and repair of the base’s fleet of B-1s. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

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The 28th Maintenance Squadron tool crib maintains and accounts for a multitude of tools used by the aircraft maintainers who keep the B-1s at Ellsworth Air Force Base flight-worthy and ready to deploy at a moment’s notice. The tool crib Airmen distribute the maintenance equipment, as necessary, and also make sure the tools are returned when no longer in need. The unit’s goal is to ensure that Airmen working on the B-1s will always have the right tool to get the job done.


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