The “Reapers” Convoy

The maintenance of the vehicles participating in the constant conveying of supplies and equipment is a major task in both Iraq and Afghanistan.  In this slide show, the role of the “Reapers” in providing maintenance for a convoy is highlighted.  These are USAF maintainers taking care of ground vehicles.

Credit: U.S. Air Forces Central, Baghdad Media Outreach Team, March 25th, 2010


  • In the first photo, Air Force Staff Sgt. Juan Hurtado (right), 732d Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron maintenance technician, shows Senior Airman Richard Flores how to fix a common maintenance issue on an Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle hatch, Camp Stryker, Iraq, March 25. Before each inspection, the “Reapers” go through a checklist that includes checking the oil, tire pressure and searching for leaks.
  • In the second photo Air Force Senior Airman Juan Barnes, 732d Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, checks under his 1151 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle for any potential mechanical problems
  • In the third photo, Air Force Staff Sgt. Juan Hurtado (left), 732d Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron maintenance technician, Senior Airmen Jordan Purdue (center) and Zachery Patton discuss the proper tire changing procedures for a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle.
  • In the final photo, Air Force Staff Sgt. Juan Hurtado (right), 732d Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, maintenance technician, oversees Staff Sgt. Jason Evans, while he manually removes a lug nut on an Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle tire.

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