Andrew Rajala, resident engineer at the Far East District’s Kunsan Resident Office, is interviewed by the American Forces Network about Kunsan Air Base's new aircraft maintenance facility Dec. 18. The project consolidates 18 shops spread around the base into three main shops. 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. The 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.