by Airman 1st Class Joshua Smoot
36th Wing Public Affairs
6/10/2015 - ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- Airmen participated in the Pacific Air Forces' 2015 Combat Ammunition Production Exercise here May 31 to June 5.
The annual exercise tested more than 250 Airmen from Andersen Air Force
Base, Guam; Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea; Osan Air Base, Republic
of Korea; Kadena Air Base, Japan; Dyess Air Force Base, Texas; Minot Air
Force Base, North Dakota; Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana; Joint
Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska; and Whiteman Air Force Base,
Missouri. CAPEX evaluated each unit's ability to build various live
munitions in large, real-life quantities capable of supporting combat
sorties. The Airmen were assessed on their ability to safely produce and
transport hundreds of bombs in real-time while meeting all demands of
the wartime exercise scenario.
With actual munitions assembled and prepared for combat, CAPEX allowed
combat planners an opportunity to analyze whether current munitions
planning would be able to meet wartime operational plans and consumption
"This is probably one of our most important operational and tactical
exercises for our ammo Airmen," said Chief Master Sgt. Melvin Jobe,
PACAF evaluator. "It's the only thing that we have in our community
across the entire combat Air Forces which allows us to evaluate, in
large-scale, these capabilities and we are fortunate to be able to do
that here in the Pacific."
Airmen were tasked to build 1,100 bombs in different configurations for
different jets. Everything they did was timed by evaluators including
their ability to react to abrupt time changes.
"I enjoy the fact that multiple units from essentially all over the U.S.
and PACAF come together to work as a team and share different
perspectives and ideas on how to get the job done quicker and more
efficiently," said Senior Airman John Berthold, 36th MUNS munitions
inspector. "It's beneficial because you may not have gotten to learn
those if we didn't get to work as an integrated team."
Along with other munitions, CAPEX Airmen worked with general purpose
bombs such as the Mark 82 and the Mark 84 bombs during the exercise.
"This exercise is important because it tests our unit and our visiting
units' capabilities to rapidly assemble and deliver high volumes of
munition assets and bombs to and from the flightline to different
explosive locations within our munitions storage area," Berthold said.
Despite the added workload and long shifts of simulated contingency
operations, the Airmen surpassed the original goal of building 1,100
munitions by building 1,344.
"The exercise was outstanding," Jobe said. "Over the past couple of days
these munitions teams formed a deep, synergistic bond which forms the
foundation of real combat capability and effectiveness. They've far
exceeded anyone's expectations and this year's CAPEX has been a real