Grissom gets ready for winter

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  • By Staff Sgt. Jeremy Blocker
  • 434th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs

While many are looking at the fall foliage, Grissom civil engineers are looking at snow plows and salt trucks.

The Hoosier Wing is now ready to keep the roads and runways clear this upcoming winter season with fully inspected snow removal equipment.

Grissom held a snow parade, a vehicle inspection to make sure that all of the snow removal equipment is operational recently.

Inspecting equipment such as snow plows and salt trucks are critical to the air refueling mission.

“If there is snow on the airfield and we have broken equipment, then we can’t accomplish our mission to refuel,” said Scott Nipper, 434th Civil Engineer Squadron, chief of resources. “So, for obvious reasons, we need to make sure that all of our snow equipment is inspected and operational so our jets can take off.”

This was the first time in a while that the snow parade has happened at Grissom but Nipper says that he would like to see this event occur a lot more frequently in the future.

The 434th ARW is the largest KC-135R Stratotanker unit in the Air Force Reserve Command. The Citizen Airmen from the Hoosier Wing routinely deploy around the world in support of the Air Force mission.

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