by Senior Airman Kia Atkins
7th Bomb Wing Public Affairs
6/29/2015 - DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, TEXAS -- Twenty
Dyess Airmen from the 7th Munitions Squadron participated in the
Pacific Air Forces' 2015 Combat Ammunition Production Exercise at
Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, May 31- June 6.
CAPEX evaluates a host unit's mission readiness. It also provides
training in mass, live munitions production supporting combat sortie
generation. The exercise evaluates combat ammunition production
techniques and determines if current munitions planning is adequate to
support wartime operational plans and wartime consumption rates based on
War and Mobilization Planning.
"The scenarios we were tasked with were derived from real-world
operation plans and validated that ammo troops can be deployed from
anywhere in the world to support any airframe and merge into an
effective team to meet any mission requirement," said U.S. Air Force
Master Sgt. Jeremy Luster, 7th MUNS non-commissioned officer in charge
of conventional munitions maintenance.
More than 250 Airmen from Dyess, Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Kunsan
Air Base, Republic of Korea, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Kadena
Air Base, Japan, Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, Barksdale Air Force
Base, Louisiana, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska and Whiteman
Air Force Base, Missouri, worked together to build various live
munitions in large quantities during this annual exercise.
While participating in the exercise, Airmen were assessed on their
ability to safely produce and transport hundreds of bombs in real-time,
while meeting all demands of a wartime exercise scenario.
"This exercise was a great training opportunity for us. It's a great way
to validate munitions tactics, techniques and procedures as well as
ensuring we have the capability to do what the Air Force needs us to
do--build bombs," Luster said. "We're specialists; we can build bombs
for any aircraft."
The exercise required Airmen to build the types of munitions needed if
they were tasked to the Pacific region. Overall, the Airmen built more
than 1,100 munitions.
"It was a great opportunity to showcase our ammo pride," said Tech. Sgt.
Brandon Lee, 7th MUNS conventional munitions maintenance supervisor.
"We all came together as one and built munitions. It didn't matter where
we were from, we all worked together to show what we could do."
After the munitions were built, they were torn down and restored as components in Anderson's stockpile.