by Airman 1st Class Erin R. Babis
48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
5/11/2015 - ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England -- Aircrew
from the 492nd Fighter Squadron participated in a munitions immersion
event with the 48th Munitions Squadron to build low-level, laser-guided
bombs, May 4.
"The concept of the bomb-build immersion was to provide the aircrew
participants with a cradle-to-grave understanding of the weapons they
utilize while promoting synergy between the operations and maintenance
groups," said Capt. Nathan Cosker, 48th MUNS materiel flight commander.
The aircrew gained a unique perspective on the work required to prepare
the weapons. They usually see the weapons already built and ready for
use when they step to their jets.
"Everyone talks about how much work goes into these weapons," said 1st
Lt. Dash Dalrymple, 492nd FS F-15E Strike Eagle weapon systems officer.
"But to actually see it firsthand, how much work goes into preparing and
making sure they do things by-the-book, step-by-step, to make sure they
give us a flawless product; for me, it expanded my appreciation for the
48th MUNS and the entire maintenance group."
The 48th MUNS Airmen also enjoyed the opportunity to talk to the aircrew about the weapons they build.
"We always build the assets but a lot of times we don't always get to
talk to the people actually doing the dropping," said Staff Sgt. Seth
Johnston, 48th MUNS conventional maintenance crew chief. "The reverse is
also true. All they see are bombs on aircraft. It's cool to see the
whole process through from start to finish."
By the end of the munitions immersion event, 48th MUNS Airmen and 492nd
FS aircrew had worked together to successfully build eight Guided Bomb