posted on Jan, 31 2017 @ 05:20 PM
a reply to: D8Tee
Depot level work is frequently done by civilian contractors. The Depot at Tinker, which does heavy maintenance on everything from KC-135s to B-52s has
mostly civilian workers with military oversight. That includes Boeing workers.
Boeing in Seattle routinely does upgrades to NATO E-3s, as well as working with companies in Europe to do work there.
It's quite common to have civilian workers, so that you don't need a few hundred, or even thousand more military personnel or jobs to fill.
It's also common to see tech reps with units, especially with a new type.
edit on 1/31/2017 by Zaphod58 because: (no reason given)