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MXG armament Airmen keep Gunfighters battle ready

Airman 1st Class Jared Duhon, 366th Equipment Maintenance Squadron armament member, repairs a pylon suspension utility unit at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Jan. 23, 2018. The 366th EMS armament unit is responsible for maintaining launching and releasing munitions on aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chester Mientkiewicz)

Senior Airman Eric O’Connor, 366th Equipment Maintenance Squadron armament technician, repairs a launcher adapter unit at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Jan. 23, 2018. The 366th EMS armament unit is responsible for maintaining launching and releasing of munitions on aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chester Mientkiewicz)

Staff Sgt. James Poole, 366th Equipment Maintenance Squadron armament supervisor, repairs a pylon suspension utility unit at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Jan. 23, 2018. From testing and evaluating new weapons systems to loading ordinance, the 366th EMS armament unit makes sure that when a pilot pulls the trigger, the munitions successfully launch and strike the target. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chester Mientkiewicz)

Airman 1st Class Eric Verharst, 366th Equipment Maintenance Squadron armament member, repairs a bomb rack unit at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Jan. 23, 2018. 366th EMS armament unit is responsible for maintaining launching and releasing of munitions on aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chester Mientkiewicz)

Members of the 366th Equipment Maintenance Squadron armament unit repair weapon systems at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Jan. 23, 2018. From testing and evaluating new weapons systems to loading ordinances, the 366th EMS armament unit makes sure that when a pilot pulls the trigger, munitions successfully launch and strike the target. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Chester Mientkiewicz)

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- 366th Equipment Maintenance Squadron armament Airmen fix and repair weapon systems to keep the gunfighters ready to fight.

The 366th EMS support the 389th and 391st Fighter Squadron, weapons personnel. They maintain bomb racks, launchers and gun systems. Their duties also include loading, unloading and positioning munitions on aircraft; and adjusting or installing fuses, boosters, and delay elements in conventional munitions.

“We feel real close to the mission,” said Staff Sgt. James Poole, 366th EMS armament supervisor. “Our own hands have a role in fixing these parts.”

When a mission involves dropping bombs, everything needs to be in perfect working order. Staff Sgt. Ayla Bermudez, 366th EMS armament support supervisor, explained the importance of precision in her job.

“It’s a very detailed oriented job,” Bermudez said, “You can’t miss a step or it could potentially cause a disaster.”

These specialists ensure that explosive devices can be accurately delivered to a target.

“I have a real sense of pride in what I do,” Poole said. “It’s hard, not everyone can be a weapons crew member.”

Bermudez said she is honored to do her part in supporting Air Force operations.

“Supporting the shop that fixes the equipment that help the pilots drop bombs is fulfilling,” Bermudez said.

One of the 366th EMS armament’s missions is to ensure the bombs they prepare safely and accurately launch from an aircraft when a pilot pulls the trigger.

“We have a great impact on the Air Force,” Poole said. “Without weapons it’s just another aircraft.”

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