791st ELAB: Essential Electronics
By Airman 1st Class Dillon J. Audit , 5th Bomb Wing Public Affairs
/ Published November 06, 2018
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.”