U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Far East District, 8th Fighter Wing, and other personnel cut the ribbon opening the final portion of Kunsan Air Base's new maintenance complex Dec. 18. The new accessory shop will provide one location for aircraft components such as wheels, tires, external tanks, and hydraulic and electrical systems to be repaired or replaced. The complex’s fabrication and armament shops were completed in 2011. The previously-completed fabrication shop includes sections for structural sheet metal, aircraft metals technology, non-destructive inspections, and survival equipment. It also includes a state-of-the-art paint booth and sanding room. The armament shop provides space for gun maintenance and a mission equipment storage area. It also features administration offices, a classroom, and training room. The project consolidates 18 shops spread around the base. With all three now housed in one maintenance facility close to the flight line, the response time to urgent aircraft maintenance issues is greatly reduced.

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