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Total force effort enables successful weekly FOD walk

Master Sgt. Sandro Cardona, flightline expediter, 932nd Airlift Wing Maintenance Squadron, scans the flightline for debris during the weekly foreign object debris (FOD) walk, July 9, 2019, Scott Air force Base, Illinois. (U.S. Air Force photo by Christopher Parr)

Master Sgt. Sandro Cardona, flightline expediter, 932nd Airlift Wing Maintenance Squadron, scans the flightline for debris during the weekly foreign object debris (FOD) walk, July 9, 2019, Scott Air force Base, Illinois. (U.S. Air Force photo by Christopher Parr)

Master Sgt. Sandro Cardona, flightline expediter, 932nd Airlift Wing Maintenance Squadron,  along with Team Scott Airmen, scans the flightline for debris during the weekly foreign object debris (FOD) walk, July 9, 2019, Scott Air force Base, Illinois. (U.S. Air Force photo by Christopher Parr)

Master Sgt. Sandro Cardona, flightline expediter, 932nd Airlift Wing Maintenance Squadron, along with Team Scott Airmen, scans the flightline for debris during the weekly foreign object debris (FOD) walk, July 9, 2019, Scott Air force Base, Illinois. (U.S. Air Force photo by Christopher Parr)

Master Sgt. Jonathon Tolbert, 375th Air Mobility Wing foreign object debris monitor, combines debris into one bag that was collected during the weekly FOD walk, July 9, 2019, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.  The  debris is then weighed and logged to maintain a record of all debris collected throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Christopher Parr)

Master Sgt. Jonathon Tolbert, 375th Air Mobility Wing foreign object debris monitor, combines debris into one bag that was collected during the weekly FOD walk, July 9, 2019, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. The debris is then weighed and logged to maintain a record of all debris collected throughout the year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Christopher Parr)

Master Sgt. Sandro Cardona, flightline expediter, 932nd Airlift Wing Maintenance Squadron, picks up potentially hazardous debris from the flightline during the weekly foreign object debris (FOD) walk, July 9, 2019, Scott Air force Base, Illinois.  FOD can be harmful to aircraft if it is sucked into the engines, possibly causing damage to the high-precision engines and other vital systems. (U.S. Air Force photo by Christopher Parr)

Master Sgt. Sandro Cardona, flightline expediter, 932nd Airlift Wing Maintenance Squadron, picks up potentially hazardous debris from the flightline during the weekly foreign object debris (FOD) walk, July 9, 2019, Scott Air force Base, Illinois. FOD can be harmful to aircraft if it is sucked into the engines, possibly causing damage to the high-precision engines and other vital systems. (U.S. Air Force photo by Christopher Parr)

Master Sgt. Jonathon Tolbert, 375th Air Mobility Wing foreign object debris monitor, center,  walks the flightline looking for possible aircraft damaging debris with fellow Team Scott Airmen during the weekly FOD walk, July 9, 2019, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. (U.S. Air Force photo by Christopher Parr)

Master Sgt. Jonathon Tolbert, 375th Air Mobility Wing foreign object debris monitor, center, walks the flightline looking for possible aircraft damaging debris with fellow Team Scott Airmen during the weekly FOD walk, July 9, 2019, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. (U.S. Air Force photo by Christopher Parr)

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. --

Today, the 932nd Airlift Wing joined a mixture of active duty military, reservists and civilians with Team Scott for the weekly foreign object debris (FOD) walk. About 20 people joined together to clean up debris from the flight line. 

Wing FOD monitor for the 375th Air Mobility Wing, Master Sgt. Johnathan Tolbert spoke on the weekly FOD walks work. 

“Our FOD walks are weekly shared by me and any organization that has a take on the flight line. They participate and after every FOD walk the participation is documented and the weight of all the FOD is [as well] and given to the vice wing commander,” said Tolbert.

The importance of this is to weigh and track all of the debris to be able to log it. This is used to see how much is accumulated weekly.  932nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron flight line expeditor Master Sgt. Sandro Cardona shared the reason why these walks are every week.

“The reason why we do these FOD walks every week is to try to prevent any type of damage to any Air Force asset. It may seem like a small thing that we just walk up and down the flight line, but any little piece of metal or debris could potentially damage an engine,” said Cardona.

He also shared how these walks promote readiness between the airmen as well as keeping the aircraft ready to launch anytime.  

“When we launch an aircraft we have to do a FOD walk prior to parking it into its spot. So, this would eliminate any type of debris going into the engine when we start it and launch the aircraft,” Cardona said.

“Then afterwards, when the aircraft launches, we do another FOD walk to make sure that nothing fell off of it so we stay prepared and ready at all times,” added Cardona. 

The readiness of the air crafts depends on the individual readiness of each airman and this is why the FOD walks are so imperative, as Cardona stated.