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ordnance shops, armories, and aviation ammunition storage  facilities. Aviation  Structural  Mechanic.—The  insignia  for the  Aviation  Structural  Mechanic  (AM)  rating  is  a winged  replica  of  crossed  mauls. AMs  inspect,  maintain,  and  repair  aircraft, airframe,  and  structural  components  and  surfaces. They supervise the operation of airframe work centers and  have  many  other  responsibilities. The  AMs  are  divided  into  three  categories:  (1) Aviation   Structural   Mechanic,   Safety   Equipment (AME);  (2)  Aviation  Structural  Mechanic,  Hydraulics (AMH);   and   (3)   Aviation   Structural   Mechanic, Structures   (AMS). Some  of  their  specific responsibilities are listed in the next three paragraphs. The  AMEs  inspect,  remove,  install,  and  rig  ejection seats,  shoulder  harnesses,  lap  belts,  and  face-curtain mechanisms. They also inspect, remove, install, and adjust firing mechanisms and cartridges for ejection seats,  lap  belts,  and  canopies. The AMHs maintain hydraulic systems, including main and auxiliary power systems and unit actuating subsystems. They   inspect,   remove,   and   replace components  of  hydraulic  systems;  and  bleed  hydraulic systems. They also perform daily, preflight, postflight, and other periodic aircraft inspections. The AMSs maintain aircraft fuselages, wings, and fixed  and  movable  surfaces. They  fabricate  and assemble metal parts and make minor repairs to aircraft skin.   They   also   paint,   perform   dye   penetrant inspections, and perform daily, preflight, and other periodic  aircraft  inspections. OCCUPATIONAL   FIELD   6   (AVIATION GROUND  SUPPORT).—   This  occupational  field includes  the  Aviation  Boatswain’s  Mate  (AB)  and Aviation Support Equipment Technician (AS) ratings. Aviation Boatswain’s Mate.— The insignia for the Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (AB) rating consists of a winged  replica  of  crossed  anchors. ABs  operate,  maintain,  and  perform  organizational maintenance  on  catapults,  arresting  gear,  barricades, and  associated  flight  deck  launching  and  recovery equipment. They  operate  and  service  aircraft ground-handling equipment and machinery. They also operate and service aircraft crash, fire-fighting, and rescue  equipment  and  handle  aircraft  on  carriers  and ashore. They perform crash rescue, fire-fighting, crash removal, and damage control duties. The  ABs  are  divided  into  three  categories:  (1) Aviation  Boatswain’s  Mate,  Launching  and  Recovery Equipment  (ABE),  (2)  Aviation  Boatswain’s  Mate, Fuels  (ABF),  and  (3)  Aviation  Boatswain’s  Mate, Aircraft  Handling  (ABH).  Some  of  the  specific responsibilities  are  listed  in  the  following  paragraphs. The   ABEs   operate,   maintain,   and   perform organizational maintenance on hydraulic and steam catapults, barricades, arresting gear, arresting gear engines,  and  associated  equipment  ashore  and  afloat. They  also  operate  catapult  launch  and  retract  panels, consoles,  firing  panels,  water  brakes,  blast  deflectors, and cooling panels.    They  perform  aircraft-handling duties related to the operation of aircraft launching and recovery  equipment. The   ABFs   operate,   maintain,   and   perform organizational maintenance on aviation fueling and lubricating oil systems in CVs, LPHs, and LPDs. They operate, maintain, and repair the valves and piping of purging  and  protective  systems  within  the  Air Department  spaces  aboard  ship.  They  also  supervise the operation and servicing of fuel farms and equipment associated with the fueling and defueling of aircraft ashore and afloat. ABFs also train, direct, and supervise fire-fighting  crews,  fire  rescue  teams,  and  damage control  parties  in  assigned  fuel  and  lubricating  oil spaces and observe and enforce fuel-handling safety precautions. The ABHs direct the movement and spotting of aircraft  ashore  and  afloat  and  perform  duties  in connection with the launching and recovery of aircraft. They operate, maintain, and perform organizational maintenance  on  ground-handling  equipment  used  for the moving and hoisting of aircraft ashore and afloat. 2-15

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