The U.S. Air Force’s (USAF) Andersen Air Force Base, Guam has received 1.5 million pounds of munitions during an annual in-shipment starting Aug. 21 through Sept. 30, 2017.
This shipment will replace expired munitions and support an overall growth of more than 10% of total munitions on hand on Guam. The munitions will increase the overall availability of day-to-day training assets and War Reserve Material stocks to support warfighting capabilities.
“Munitions stocks expire or are expended during the year so we continually receive new assets to supplement the lost munitions,” said Maj. Erik Schmid, 36th Munitions Squadron (MUNS) commander. “The inbound munitions ensure required assets are available in theater to support national objectives.”
On a “normal” year, Andersen receives approximately 110 20-ft containers of munitions annually to replace expired and expended assets. More than 90 dedicated Airmen worked 24/7 for the duration of the offload and restore, utilizing 34 trucks and trailers to move containers from Naval Base Guam port to Andersen.
A total of 816,393 munitions assets valued at over $95 million dollars were transported, inventoried and then stored by the Airmen as a part of this shipment.
The 36th Medical Group provided a critical assist as ammo troops required additional medical clearances. Their work ensured the 36th MUNS has a qualified pool of drivers to safely haul munitions from the port to Andersen.
Airman 1st Class Gerald R. Willis | 36th Wing