Top Stories

Top Stories

 
text size

Introducing Munitions Airmen at Hurlburt Field ops aircraft

Updated: Thursday, July 17 2014, 12:04 PM CDT
They spend their workdays in a warehouse full of explosives, preparing ammunition for special operations aircraft. Munitions airmen at Hurlburt Field help keep gunships ready for action.

Laura Hussey "Most people never get to see the area they call the bomb dump, where the ammo troops work here on Hurlburt Field. You know you're here when they say 'You're in an explosive environment.... if anything happens, just follow us.'"

They work tirelessly, knowing their day's efforts will be blown up that night, and it will all begin again tomorrow. These airmen assemble, load and deliver aircraft artillery rounds for AC-130U gunships.

SSgt Michael Rosende "Generally we build ten crates at a time, that's 390 rounds and they weigh about 45 pounds apiece, and we lift every round about four times."

Staff Sergeant Michael Rosende is talking about the 105 millimeter rounds. When it's the 40 mils, they sling cans that weigh 115 pounds.... about the same weight as Airman First Class Hayley Guzman. She thought she might be an accountant, then changed her plans.

A1C Guzman "I got older and realized I wanted to do more hard work. I wanted to work harder and do something more worthwhile."       

Teamwork is key here. At home, when the mission is training, their camaraderie helps them push through repetitive tasks in grueling summer heat. In places like Kandahar, where Sergeant Rosende says the heat and the stakes are even higher, teamwork and trust are vital.

SSgt Rosende "You have to rely on that other person, and know at their skill level they can get the job done when they need it, and getting the job done fast is extremely important."

Laura Hussey "There are 34 troops in this unit, the shop runs 24-7. Their business model, anytime, anyplace."

Introducing Munitions Airmen at Hurlburt Field ops aircraft


Advertise with us!

Related Stories

 
Advertise with us!
Sponsored content