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  •  For those that might not know about ANG mission (1+ / 0-)
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    The ANG, in some parts of the U.S., operate the only ready fighter aircraft.  The 142nd  fighter wing in Portland, Oregon is responsible for the area from the Canadian border to California, and they get scrambled a few times a year for what, so far, has turned out to be false alarms.  Techs keep them ready to roll and lack of techs will likely result in fewer ready aircraft.  Throughout the military, civilian techs maintain aircraft, either as government workers or as manufacturer's representatives.  As a rule, both tech types have specialized skills related to specific systems of the aircraft.

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