Combat Metals: 'The Modern Day Blacksmiths'
Senior Airman Conor Goetsch, 386th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron combat metals journeyman, applies the final coat of paint to the leading edge patch that the combat metals team manufactured and installed at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Feb. 8, 2019. The entire process took the combat metals flight 144 hours to complete, which got the aircraft back in the fight three-weeks earlier than if they would have ordered the part. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy L. Mosier)