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2nd MUNS continues readiness during BTF deployment

Bomber Task Force Europe 20-1

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Emily Murphy, 2nd Munitions Squadron munitions inspector, deployed from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, screws the cap onto a BDU-50 to ensure it is secure at RAF Fairford, England, October 16, 2019. Bomber Task Force Europe 20-1 is a deployment of B-52 Stratofortress aircraft, Airmen, and support equipment from the 2nd Bomb Wing to conduct theater integration and to improve bomber interoperability with joint partners and allied nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stuart Bright)

Bomber Task Force Europe 20-1

Components are lined up by U.S. Air Force 2nd Munitions Squadron Airmen, ready to be attached to BDU-50 practice munitions that will be loaded onto the U.S. Air Force B-52H Stratofortress at RAF Fairford, England, October 16, 2019. Airmen and B-52 aircraft from the 2nd Bomb Wing deployed to England in support of Bomber Task Force Europe 20-1, an exercise designed to familiarize aircrew with European airspace and reassure allies in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stuart Bright)

Bomber Task Force Europe 20-1

A U.S. Air Force 2nd Munitions Squadron Airman deployed from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, screws a cap onto a BDU-50 practice munition during a bomb build at RAF Fairford, England, October 16, 2019. The BDU-50s are practice munitions that are designed to be dropped from the B-52 during training sorties but not detonate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stuart Bright)

Bomber Task Force Europe 20-1

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Tomas Gonzales, 2nd Bomb Wing weapons safety manager, deployed out of Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, screws fins onto the BDU-50 practice munition at RAF Fairford, England, October 16, 2019. Airmen from the 2nd Bomb Wing and B-52s were deployed to England in support of Bomber Task Force Europe 20-1. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stuart Bright)

Bomber Task Force Europe 20-1

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Emily Murphy, 2nd Munitions Squadron munitions inspector (left), and U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Isabelle Velker, 2nd MUNS line delivery crew member (right), deployed out of Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, work on logging and inspecting cartridges at RAF Fairford, England, October 16, 2019. While in the B-52H Stratofortress aircraft, the cartridges are meant to detonate and force the BDU-50 practice munitions out of the bomber. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stuart Bright)

Bomber Task Force Europe 20-1

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Emily Murphy, 2nd Munitions Squadron munitions inspector, deployed out of Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, unpacks and inspects cartridges at RAF Fairford, England, during Bomber Task Force Europe 20-1 October 16, 2019. These cartridges will be loaded onto the B-52H Stratofortress along with the BDU-50 practice munitions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stuart Bright)

ROYAL AIR FORCE FAIRFORD, England --

Airmen from 2nd Munitions Squadron out of Barksdale Air Force Base are staying mission ready while currently deployed at Royal Air Force Fairford, England. 2nd Bomb Wing Airmen and aircraft are currently operating out of RAF Fairford in support of Bomber Task Force Europe 20-1 operations. 

To continue their readiness, the crew built 30 BDU-50 bombs, a non-explosive bomb that allows the 2nd MS to practice building bombs, which provides pilots the opportunity to practice deploying them. 

“The practice allows our team to go through tech-data and the proper steps to make sure that the bombs are built correctly,” said Airman First Class Cameron Schneider. “Continuous practice is key to assure that we minimize mistakes when dealing with a powerful weapon.” 

During BTF operations, 2nd Munitions Squadron inert bombs bombs, so the pilots can be more proficient with joint operations. 

“The munitions personnel are here to provide a capability to combatant commanders,” said Master Sgt. Richard Capuano, deployment lead for 2nd Munitions Squadron.  

Strategic bombers contribute to stability in the European theater, as they are intended to deter conflict. 

 “If something were to transpire anywhere in the world that they would like to call bombers forward from this base, we will be able to get these jets loaded and ready to go,” said Capuano. 

U.S. Air Forces in Europe routinely hosts and supports a variety of aircraft and units for training, while supporting geographic combatant command objectives. USAFE operates with a variety of aircraft and units in Europe to maintain a ready and postured force prepared to respond to and support global operations. 

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