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Senior Airman Adam McMann, 127th Operations Group aircrew flight equipment technician, inspects a parachute from an ejection seat at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., Oct. 17, 2015. Each line connecting the canopy to the harness is precisely measured, if the length is too long or too short the entire line is replaced. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Ryan Zeski/Released)

Senior Airman Adam McMann, 127th Operations Group aircrew flight equipment technician, inspects a parachute from an ejection seat at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., Oct. 17, 2015. Each line connecting the canopy to the harness is precisely measured, if the length is too long or too short the entire line is replaced. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Ryan Zeski/Released)

Senior Airman Adam McMann, 127th Operations Group aircrew flight equipment technician, works with Master Sgt. William Dehart, 127th OG aircrew flight equipment technician, to test the hoses for functionality on an aircrew eye and respiratory protection equipment device at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., Oct. 17, 2015. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Ryan Zeski/Released)

Senior Airman Adam McMann, 127th Operations Group aircrew flight equipment technician, works with Master Sgt. William Dehart, 127th OG aircrew flight equipment technician, to test the hoses for functionality on an aircrew eye and respiratory protection equipment device at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., Oct. 17, 2015. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Ryan Zeski/Released)

SELFRIDGE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mich. -- Senior Airman Adam McMann works in the 127th Operations Group as an aircrew flight equipment technician. McMann is responsible for maintaining and testing the survival equipment for the A-10 Thunderbolt and KC-135 Stratotanker crews at Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

McMann joined the military in 2009 and has been a part of Team Selfridge since 2012.

Every ejection seat parachute is inspected annually. McMann says it can take up to a whole day for each parachute. Line consistency and any flaw in the canopy are dealt with accordingly. Each line connecting the canopy to the harness is precisely measured, if the length is too long or too short the entire line is replaced.

"I take pride in my job because it lets me know that if something ever goes wrong during a flight I will have been able to provide the crew with a safe way back," said McMann.

Information on careers at the 127th Wing is available at www.127wg.ang.af.mil/careers or by calling (800) 645-9420. Information on the Air National Guard is available at www.goang.com and on the Air Force as a whole at http://www.airforce.com

About the 127th Wing
Comprised of approximately 1,700 personnel and flying both the A-10 Thunderbolt II and the KC-135 Stratotanker, the Michigan Air National Guard's 127th Wing supports Air Mobility Command and Air Combat Command operations by providing highly-skilled Airmen to missions domestically and overseas. The 127th Wing is the host unit at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, which marks its 98th year of continuous military air operations in 2015.

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