Maintenance Airmen lock and load B-1 in exercise
By Airman 1st Class Alexa Ann Henderson, 36th Wing Public Affairs
/ Published October 10, 2016
ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam --
Airmen from the 34th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Unit participated in a B-1B Lancer munitions loading exercise Sept. 29, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.
LOADEX is held monthly at wings across the Air Force to maintain munition load crews knowledge and proficiency.
“LOADEX is a weapons loading exercise where we fine-tune our loading capabilities,” said Senior Master Sgt. Christopher Shaver, 36th Wing weapons manager. “Every month, the load crews practice efficiency loading to become better prepared if the whistle ever goes off.”
During the training, 10 Airmen loaded 12 training AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles into a B-1 within hours as part of the exercise to test their ability to quickly and safely load the aircraft with munitions. The B-1 can carry up to 24 AGM-158 JASSMs.
“The exercise was effective and efficient this month, proving the Continuous Bomber Presence mission has not missed a beat in the transition from the B-52 Stratofortress to the B-1s,” said Senior Master Sgt. Justin Price, 34th EAMU weapons flight chief.
The 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron is currently deployed here in support of the U.S. Pacific Command’s Continuous Bomber Presence mission. Dating back to 2004, bombers have deployed here on a six-month rotation to support peace the in Pacific area of responsibility. The last time the B-1 was here was a decade ago. B-1s provide a significant rapid global strike capability that enables readiness and commitment to deterrence, offers assurance to U.S. allies and strengthens regional security and stability in the region.