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Heroes come in all forms, even those who some might consider "behind the scenes."

The airmen above need help from those with their feet on the ground.

"Something as simple as a piece of avionics equipment. If that's not working properly in the airplane, the airplane can't fly."

It might be simple for Staff Sergeant Thorval Munksgaard. However, in Robins' Air Logistics Center, he works with complicated components.

"I've always been interested in electronics," he explains. "When I decided to join the Air Force, this seemed like it would be a really good career for me to pursue. >

He recently helped solve a problem that left the entire Air Force B-52 fleet stuck on the ground.

"That means the mission's not getting done," says Munksgaard. "The mission has to get done."

To keep up with changing technology all over the world, an upgrade was needed on one part used in electronic warfare.

"What this technology does is it protects them in flight by disabling the enemy radar"

That means radar guided missiles can not hit them.

"So that they can come home safe to their family," he says.

During a series of prototype testing, Munksgaard discovered and ultimately fixed an error, before the planes were in the air.

"That enabled the planes that were grounded to be repaired and put back into flight."

In the process, he also found a problem in the testing equipment itself, which affects all kinds of other electronic pieces.

"There's a lot of dangerous combat operations going on in the world today," says Munksgaard. "I want to make sure I'm doing what I can to make sure my brothers and sisters come home safe."

Whether it's in the cockpit, or on a computer, it takes all kinds of skill sets to make sure everyone comes home.

"There's many pieces to the puzzle, and if one is missing, it's not a complete puzzle. In our line of work, that means the mission won't get done."

In that way, he is using his skills to serve.

Munksgaard says the B-52 is one of the oldest aircrafts they use.

The bombers were used in Vietnam, the First and Second Gulf Wars, and now in Afghanistan.

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