By: Gus Thomson Gold Country News Service
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10LO Woliver By Joyia Emard Loomis News Editor Courtesy photo 10LO Woliver Senior Airman David Woliver, a 2007 Del Oro High School graduate from Loomis, is shown while on a recent deployment to Afghanistan. 490words Senior Airman David Woliver, a 2007 Del Oro High School graduate, takes pride in his service with the Special Forces unit at Cannon Air Force Base, in New Mex. David Woliver, whose family still lives in Loomis, is an aircraft hydraulics systems journeyman with the 27th Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 16th Aircraft Maintenance Unit. Woliver is part of a team that maintains, inspects and troubleshoots hydraulics systems on all AC-130H Spectre gunships. Cannon is home to all of the Air Force's AC-130s, valued at more than $1 billion. "The great thing about our line of work is that it isn't aircraft specific," Woliver said. "We are able to check components, operations subassemblies, make adjustments and synchronize not just our AC-130H, but also the AC-130U Spooky gunship, MC-130P Combat Shadow and MC-130H Combat Talon." David Woliver’s parents, Debbie and Dean Woliver, said they are very proud of David’s service. Debbie Woliver said she is happy her son chose to serve in the Air Force. “I worked at McClellan Air Force Base supporting the F-111 and A-10 aircraft and had the opportunity to tour Cannon. I was excited when he told me he was going to be stationed there,” Debbie Woliver said. David Woliver’s younger brother Jacob, 15, said, “I really miss him and I’m proud of what he’s doing. He’s my best friend in the world.” According to Airman First Class Alexxis Pons Abascal, with the 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs at Cannon, the Air Commandos share a strong family bond, along with an immeasurable sense of pride for the work they do. "We all have so much pride in the work we do at Cannon and under AFSOC," Woliver said. "We have an awesome history with our aircraft; it's been part of nearly every major conflict since Vietnam, and it's an honor to be a part of that history." Abascal said climate and environment at Cannon plays a role in the amount of work the hydraulics crew receives per week. He said an unusual flux in temperature from day to night could directly affect the expansion and contraction of component seals, fluid viscosity and fluid levels within the aircraft. The 16 AMU deploys worldwide to provide maintenance support of Air Force Special Operations Command exercises and contingency operations. Staff Sgt. Kirt Wattier, 16 AMU aircraft hydraulics systems craftsman, said, "Our greatest asset to AFSOC is our qualifications. We are able to assist a multitude of aircraft and service members from numerous bases in a deployed environment. In the end, our mission is to make sure all aircraft are 100 percent functional." Abscal said it is this ability to deploy as a unit and work on many airframes within AFSOC that allows the 16 AMU “to build amazing relations with fellow Airmen overseas as well as within the unit.” "We are the blood of the aircraft," Wattier said. "We are the ones who control the movements of the craft."