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Pride in performance: 4 AMXS integrates 335th, 336th AMUs into fighter squadrons

The 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron has disbanded its two Aircraft Maintenance Units, the 335th and 336th, to reorganize and integrate into their respective fighter squadrons. The integration is intended to create cohesive units that will be beneficial to future deployments.

An Airman assigned to the 336th Aircraft Maintenance Unit wears a 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron patch during the 4 AMXS reorganization ceremony at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, Sept. 11, 2020. The reorganization called for the AMUs to integrate into their respective fighter squadrons, allowing for a more streamlined structure for future deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob Derry)

The 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron has disbanded its two Aircraft Maintenance Units, the 335th and 336th, to reorganize and integrate into their respective fighter squadrons. The integration is intended to create cohesive units that will be beneficial to future deployments.

Lt. Col. Darrell Chase, outgoing 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander, speaks during the 4th AMXS reorganization ceremony at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, Sept. 11, 2020. The 4 AMXS released its two Aircraft Maintenance Units, the 335th and 336th, to their respective fighter squadrons. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob Derry)

The 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron has disbanded its two Aircraft Maintenance Units, the 335th and 336th, to reorganize and integrate into their respective fighter squadrons. The integration is intended to create cohesive units that will be beneficial to future deployments.

Lt. Col. David Gunter, 335th Fighter Squadron commander, speaks to members of the 335th FS and 335th Aircraft Maintenance Unit during the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron reorganization ceremony at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, Sept. 11, 2020. Gunter highlighted the successful history of the 335th Chiefs while showing anticipation for the future of the squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob Derry)

The 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron has disbanded its two Aircraft Maintenance Units, the 335th and 336th, to reorganize and integrate into their respective fighter squadrons. The integration is intended to create cohesive units that will be beneficial to future deployments.

Airmen assigned to the 335th Aircraft Maintenance Unit march into formation during the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron reorganization ceremony at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, Sept. 11, 2020. The march symbolized the integration of the AMU and Fighter Squadron becoming one. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob Derry)

The 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron has disbanded its two Aircraft Maintenance Units, the 335th and 336th, to reorganize and integrate into their respective fighter squadrons. The integration is intended to create cohesive units that will be beneficial to future deployments.

Airmen assigned to the 335th Fighter Squadron salute Lt. Col. David Gunter, 335th FS commander, after the 335th Aircraft Maintenance Unit integrated with the 335th FS at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, Sept. 11, 2020. The integration is intended to create more cohesive units that will benefit in future deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob Derry)

The 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron has disbanded its two Aircraft Maintenance Units, the 335th and 336th, to reorganize and integrate into their respective fighter squadrons. The integration is intended to create cohesive units that will be beneficial to future deployments.

Lt. Col. Jason Houston, 336th Fighter Squadron commander, speaks to members of the 336th FS and 336th Aircraft Maintenance Unit during the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron reorganization ceremony at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, Sept. 11, 2020. Houston spoke of how the integration will better prepare the squadrons for rapid deployments and creating a more agile force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob Derry)

The 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron has disbanded its two Aircraft Maintenance Units, the 335th and 336th, to reorganize and integrate into their respective fighter squadrons. The integration is intended to create cohesive units that will be beneficial to future deployments.

Airmen assigned to the 336th Aircraft Maintenance Unit march into formation during the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron reorganization ceremony at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, Sept. 11, 2020. The march symbolized the integration of the AMU and Fighter Squadron becoming one. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob Derry)

The 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron has disbanded its two Aircraft Maintenance Units, the 335th and 336th, to reorganize and integrate into their respective fighter squadrons. The integration is intended to create cohesive units that will be beneficial to future deployments.

Airmen assigned to the 336th Fighter Squadron salutes Lt. Col. Jason Houston, 336th FS commander, after the 336th Aircraft Maintenance Unit integrated to the 336th FS at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, Sept. 11, 2020. The integration is intended to create more cohesive units that will benefit future deployments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob Derry)

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. --

The 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron has disbanded its two Aircraft Maintenance Units, the 335th and 336th, to reorganize and integrate into their respective fighter squadrons. The integration is intended to create cohesive units that will be beneficial to future deployments.

Lt. Col. Darrell Chase, 4th AMXS commander, relinquished command of the 335th and 336th AMUs to Lt. Col David Gunter, 335th Fighter Squadron commander, and Lt. Col. Jason Houston, 336th Fighter Squadron commander, respectively, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, NC, Sept. 11, 2020.

Prior to the reorganization, the fighter squadron commanders were mentored and led throughout the maintenance units to gain perspective and insight of the new faction they would soon be leading.

“Thank you to our leadership in trusting us with the responsibility of taking care of these maintainers and aviators, we don’t take this lightly,” said Houston. We’re excited for this opportunity to forge new paths and begin to add new solutions to our nation’s defense.”

While the reorganization looks towards the future, Gunter highlighted the past accomplishments of the 335th Fighter Squadron.

“This reorganization is just the most recent event in the story of history, going all the way back to the Eagle Squadrons in World War II,” said Gunter. “Throughout that history this squadron never failed to answer the nation’s call, the Chiefs have led the charge. As we look to the future and it’s once again time to answer our nation’s call, we need to be capable of rapid deployment and agile movements in the future. The combination of operations and maintenance in the 335th Fighter Squadron will fly as the leading edge of this charge, and I’m honored and humbled to be their commander.”

Houston boasted 336th Fighter Squadron’s heritage as well, while showing anticipation for the future of the newly merged squadrons.

“Our lineage is strong with individuals like yourselves who have answered our nation’s call and whose internal fortitude led them to commit to something greater than themselves,” said Houston. “Today we embark on a new path that is designed to help us meet the challenges of aggressive global competitors. It is a more rooted and integrated, streamlined structure that will enable rapid decision making and improve our ability to be more agile as a force. This path will require the same courage and expertise and drive for excellence as those that have served before us in order to counter adversaries and meet the National Defense Strategy. I’m excited for what the future holds for us, we are ready.”

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