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791st ELAB: Essential Electronics

Airman 1st Class Dillon J. Audit

Tech. Sgt Corey Woods, 791st Maintenance Squadron Electronics Laboratory team member, performs a capacitor checkout of a power supply at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, Oct. 23, 2018. Technicians perform the certification of critical components, aerospace vehicle equipment and missile guidance sets for the LGM-30G Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile system. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dillon J. Audit)

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(From left) Staff Sgt. Lyndsay Beavers, 791st Maintenance Squadron Electronics Laboratory instructor team chief and Tech. Sgt Corey Woods, 791st MXS ELAB team member, work on the Ultra High Frequency drawer at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, Oct. 23, 2018. Electronic laboratory technicians are responsible for maintenance and quality assurance of the Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile support equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dillon J. Audit)

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Staff Sgt. Lyndsay Beavers, 791st Maintenance Squadron Electronics Laboratory instructor team chief, performs a checkout on the Ground Minuteman Automatic Test Station at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, Oct. 23, 2018. ELAB inspects, troubleshoots, repairs, calibrate electronic components and tests equipment, for launch facilities and launch control centers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dillon J. Audit)

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Staff Sgt. Lyndsay Beavers, 791st Maintenance Squadron Electronics Laboratory instructor team chief, performs a checkout on the Ground Minuteman Automatic Test Station at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, Oct. 23, 2018. ELAB technicians train on a daily basis. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dillon J. Audit)

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Pamona leads hang down from a rack at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, Oct. 23, 2018. These leads are used for testing equipment. The ELAB technicians work with different agencies, such as the electro-mechanical team, vehicles and equipment, and facilities maintenance sections. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dillon J. Audit)

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Airman Jonathan McClain, 791st Maintenance Squadron Electronics Laboratory team member, performs a capacitor checkout of a power supply at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, Oct. 23, 2018. ELAB inspects, troubleshoots, repairs and calibrates electronic components, and tests equipment, for launch facilities and launch control centers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dillon J. Audit)

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. --

A myriad of electronic systems surround Airmen, each machine ready to ensure mission capabilities are met.

Airmen use these machines for inspecting, repairing and calibrating electronic components for missile launch facilities and launch control centers.

“We take electronic drawers, dispatch equipment and missile guidance sets and we make sure that they function properly, or repair them if we need to,” said Staff Sgt. Lyndsay Beavers, 791st Maintenance Squadron Electronics Laboratory instructor team chief.

ELAB technicians certify critical components of aerospace vehicle equipment and missile guidance sets for the Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile system.

Working with communication systems, security systems and requests from other shops, has been a dream come true for Airman 1st Class Kyle Reilley, 791st Maintenance Squadron electronics laboratory technician.

“To take what I learn at my job, put that into my own hobbies and to use them outside of my job is fun,” said Reilley.

ELAB technicians do a lot of pre-task and prep work for more experienced technicians, team chiefs and instructors.

“My favorite thing about my job is working on the missile guidance sets because it’s part of the actual missile,” said Beavers. “This multimillion dollar tech that we are in charge of certifying requires us to be vigilant.”

That vigilance is something Beavers and her team take very seriously.

“I think ELAB is important because we support the 91st Missile Maintenance Squadron,” said Beavers. “If ELAB wasn’t here the MMXS would have a hard time doing their mission.”

 

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