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Ramstein receives largest munitions shipment in over 20 years

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Matt Amato, 86th Munitions Squadron munitions stockpile management technician, operates a forklift while moving crates of munitions into a storage facility at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Feb. 6, 2020. Approximately 200 containers have been downloaded and stored in the MUNS area to further strengthen the firepower that can be delivered to the three combatant commands in the area of operation.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Matt Amato, 86th Munitions Squadron munitions stockpile management technician, operates a forklift while moving crates of munitions into a storage facility at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Feb. 6, 2020. Approximately 200 containers have been downloaded and stored in the MUNS area to further strengthen the firepower that can be delivered to the three combatant commands in the area of operation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Nothstine)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Matt Amato, 86th Munitions Squadron munitions stockpile management technician, ensures proper placement of crates containing inert munitions in a storage facility at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Feb. 6, 2020. The 86th MUNS provides support to generate and employ air mobility enabling air and space power projection by storing, packaging and shipping the munitions to three combatant commands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Nothstine)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Matt Amato, 86th Munitions Squadron munitions stockpile management technician, ensures proper placement of crates containing inert munitions in a storage facility at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Feb. 6, 2020. The 86th MUNS provides support to generate and employ air mobility enabling air and space power projection by storing, packaging and shipping the munitions to three combatant commands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Nothstine)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Autumn Gregory, 86th Munitions Squadron munitions stockpile management technician, poses for a photo in front of a stockpile of munitions at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Feb. 6, 2020. The 86th Munitions Squadron received more than 200 crates of various munitions and inert components to be distributed to combatant commands in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Nothstine)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Autumn Gregory, 86th Munitions Squadron munitions stockpile management technician, poses for a photo in front of a stockpile of munitions at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Feb. 6, 2020. The 86th Munitions Squadron received more than 200 crates of various munitions and inert components to be distributed to combatant commands in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Nothstine)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 86th Munitions Squadron unload containers of inert munitions inside the 86th MUNS compound at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Feb. 6, 2020. The 86th MUNS received truckloads of munitions daily in the span of one week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Nothstine)

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 86th Munitions Squadron unload containers of inert munitions inside the 86th MUNS compound at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Feb. 6, 2020. The 86th MUNS received truckloads of munitions daily in the span of one week. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Nothstine)

A U.S. Airman assigned to the 86th Munitions Squadron operates a “super stacker” forklift while transporting munitions at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Feb. 6, 2020. The super stacker forklift allows Airmen to unload crates of munitions from semi-trucks safely and efficiently. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Nothstine)

A U.S. Airman assigned to the 86th Munitions Squadron operates a “super stacker” forklift while transporting munitions at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Feb. 6, 2020. The super stacker forklift allows Airmen to unload crates of munitions from semi-trucks safely and efficiently. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Nothstine)

A U.S. Airman assigned to the 86th Munitions Squadron ensures the proper transport of serial numbered containers by verifying and accounting for them inside the 86th MUNS compound at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Feb. 6, 2020. The 86th MUNS received their largest shipment of munitions in 20 years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Nothstine)

A U.S. Airman assigned to the 86th Munitions Squadron ensures the proper transport of serial numbered containers by verifying and accounting for them inside the 86th MUNS compound at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Feb. 6, 2020. The 86th MUNS received their largest shipment of munitions in 20 years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Nothstine)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Matt Amato, 86th Munitions Squadron munitions stockpile management technician, operates a forklift while moving containers of inert munitions components into a storage facility at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Feb. 6, 2020. The 86th MUNS received their largest shipment of munitions in 20 years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Nothstine)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Matt Amato, 86th Munitions Squadron munitions stockpile management technician, operates a forklift while moving containers of inert munitions components into a storage facility at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Feb. 6, 2020. The 86th MUNS received their largest shipment of munitions in 20 years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Nothstine)

A stockpile of munitions is stored in a secured facility at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Feb. 6, 2020. The 86th Munitions Squadron received more than 200 containers of various munitions and inert components to be distributed to combatant commands in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Nothstine)

A stockpile of munitions is stored in a secured facility at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Feb. 6, 2020. The 86th Munitions Squadron received more than 200 containers of various munitions and inert components to be distributed to combatant commands in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Devin Nothstine)

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- Ramstein receives largest munitions shipment in over 20 years
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Staff Sgt. Devin Nothstine

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany – The 86th Munitions Squadron received the largest shipment of intermodal or more commonly known as ISO containers Feb. 6-12.

Airmen downloaded and stored more than 200 containers in the 86th MUNS area to further strengthen and generate rapid outflow of munitions to support three combatant commands.

The 86th MUNS Airmen are charged with packaging these components which enable the ability to generate and quickly ship packages throughout Europe and Africa.

“We will ship the components out and [Airmen in the] area of responsibility will build them up,” said U.S Air Force Master Sgt. Dustin Fish, 86th MUNS systems flight chief.

Once a munitions request comes to Ramstein, we will ensure the MUNS Airmen on the receiving end gets all the tail kits and components necessary to fulfill their unit task codes, Fish added.

With such a large shipment of munitions, the Airmen worked around-the-clock to verify, download and store dozens of containers over the course a week. The unit divided into crews and worked multiple shifts in order to keep up with the increased pace of inbound components being delivered.

“One crew received the delivery while another crew downloaded the ISOs,” Fish said. “The third crew unloaded the ISOs and placed the components in the storage buildings and the last crew picked up the empty containers and stacked them.”

The scheduled shipments of munitions increased support for Ramstein’s posture to respond to any emerging theater operations resulting from an increased presence of Department of Defense’s European Deterrence Initiative.

The munitions crews accounted for all components serial numbers, and placed them within their respective containers in a specified storage building. Each building is built to safely store munitions components and bombs on each installation based on the Air Force Weapons Safety Division at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico.

Research and planning is critical when receiving shipments. MUNS Airmen have to figure out the munition component compatibility, type of munition, and where it can be safely stored.

“Precise planning allows MUNS to streamline munitions movements in support of the 86th Airlift Wing’s primary mission of generating air mobility and air power projection,” Fish said.