31st Civil Engineer Squadron

Staff Sgt. Levi Owen, 31st Civil Engineer Squadron NCO in charge of barrier maintenance and power production, resets the aircraft arresting system cable supports on Dec. 20, 2012 at Aviano Air Base, Italy. The aircraft arresting systems are designed to safely stop an aircraft in the event of an emergency or at airfields where conditions are not present for conventional landings. If an AAS is required during landing, the pilot deploys the aircraft's arresting hook to catch a cable suspended above the runway surface. As the aircraft's hook grabs the cable and continues forward, the cable unspools a thick nylon tape from a storage reel on an AAS absorber secured on each side of the runway. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Justin Weaver)

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