Active in the reserve, the boom operator shares his total experience of the force | Local News

STAFF SGT. BRADLEY TIPTON

The US Air Force Reserve provides combat-ready air forces and, for some, is a way to continue serving after active duty.

After his initial enlistment, Tech Sgt. Crystal Cash, a boom operator with the 63rd Air Refueling Squadron, has found his new home as a Citizen Airman in the 927th Air Refueling Wing.

Growing up in Dothan, Cash sought to see more of the world than his small town in the south. Along with this, his choice to join the Air Force was also prompted by a desire to grow personally through education. She landed the boom operator position while browsing the Air Force specialty code lists at the military enlistment processing station.

“When I asked about aerial refueling, they described it loosely. Said Cash “When they said two planes would meet to refuel in flight I knew it was my number one choice. It seemed difficult and it turned into a huge opportunity to experience the whole world. extent of the Air Force. “

During the first six years, Cash honed her skills as a pole vaulter for the 6th Air Refueling Wing. His job is to carefully position the boom for receiving planes flying behind the KC-135 Stratotanker to connect in the air and fill their gas tank. A few minutes later, they carry out a wide variety of missions such as reconnaissance or precision long-range bombardment. In addition, Cash is responsible for all cargo and passengers on board as well as assisting pilots in the event of an in-flight emergency.

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