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48th MUNS trains for AFCOCOMP

Airmen from the 48th Munitions Squadron attach the hardback assembly of an inert ordnance at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 23, 2019. The Airmen were training for the Air Force Combat Operations Competition, an annual munitions-building competition designed to test participants on all of the aspects used by ammo personnel in wartime operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Madeline Herzog)

Airmen from the 48th Munitions Squadron attach the hardback assembly of an inert ordnance at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 23, 2019. The Airmen were training for the Air Force Combat Operations Competition, an annual munitions-building competition designed to test participants on all of the aspects used by ammo personnel in wartime operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Madeline Herzog)

Staff Sgt. Deion Montana-Graham, 48th Munitions Squadron conventional maintenance supervisor, installs the front collar of an inert weapon at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 23, 2019. The 48th MUNS team will be evaluated by a team from USAFE-AFAFRICA headquarters here Feb. 6.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Madeline Herzog)

Staff Sgt. Deion Montana-Graham, 48th Munitions Squadron conventional maintenance supervisor, installs the front collar of an inert weapon at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 23, 2019. The 48th MUNS team will be evaluated by a team from USAFE-AFAFRICA headquarters here Feb. 6. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Madeline Herzog)

A 48th Munitions Squadron Airman fastens parts together on an inert weapon at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 23, 2019. MUNS Airmen have been training and preparing for the Air Force Combat Operations Competition scheduled for May at Beale Air Force Base, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Madeline Herzog)

A 48th Munitions Squadron Airman fastens parts together on an inert weapon at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 23, 2019. MUNS Airmen have been training and preparing for the Air Force Combat Operations Competition scheduled for May at Beale Air Force Base, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Madeline Herzog)

Airman 1st Class Cody Roach, 48th Munitions Squadron specialist, secures the hardback assembly on an inert ordnance at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 23, 2019. Participants were hand selected by section noncommissioned officers in charge and shop chiefs to represent the squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Madeline Herzog)

Airman 1st Class Cody Roach, 48th Munitions Squadron specialist, secures the hardback assembly on an inert ordnance at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 23, 2019. Participants were hand selected by section noncommissioned officers in charge and shop chiefs to represent the squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Madeline Herzog)

An Airman from the 48th Munitions Squadron drills parts on an inert weapon at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 23, 2019. The squadron that wins the competition will get the opportunity to represent USAFE-AFAFRICA at Beale Air Force Base, California. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Madeline Herzog)

An Airman from the 48th Munitions Squadron drills parts on an inert weapon at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 23, 2019. The squadron that wins the competition will get the opportunity to represent USAFE-AFAFRICA at Beale Air Force Base, California. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Madeline Herzog)

Staff Sgt. Deion Montana-Graham, 48th Munition Squadron conventional maintenance supervisor, uses a speed handle wrench to install the front strakes on an inert ordnance at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 23, 2019. Practicing for the Air Force Combat Operations Competition provides a training opportunity for noncommissioned officers and Airmen they don’t normally get during day-to-day operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Madeline Herzog)

Staff Sgt. Deion Montana-Graham, 48th Munition Squadron conventional maintenance supervisor, uses a speed handle wrench to install the front strakes on an inert ordnance at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, Jan. 23, 2019. Practicing for the Air Force Combat Operations Competition provides a training opportunity for noncommissioned officers and Airmen they don’t normally get during day-to-day operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Madeline Herzog)

ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England --

48th Munitions Squadron Airmen conducted training here, Jan. 23, to prepare for the upcoming Air Force Combat Operations Competition.

AFCOCOMP is an annual munitions-building competition designed to test participants on all of the aspects used by ammo personnel in wartime operations.

RAF Lakenheath is one of three bases in U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces in Africa competing and will be judged on three main aspects: building and loading preparedness, safety and time.

“This is RAF Lakenheath’s first time participating in this event and we’re hoping to have the honor of representing U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces in Africa,” said Master Sgt. Brian Shoemaker, 48th MUNS assistant production flight chief.

Shoemaker said it provides a training opportunity for noncommissioned officers and Airmen they don’t normally get during day-to-day operations.

Participants were hand-selected by section noncommissioned officers in charge and shop chiefs to represent the squadron and, potentially, USAFE-AFAFRICA.

Airman 1st Class Cody Roach, 48th MUNS specialist, said it’s a blessing to have the opportunity to work and learn from Airmen who have so much experience.

“It’s definitely enlightening because I’m gaining experience from all these Airmen, and it really opens my eyes,” said Roach.

According to Roach, it gives the 48th MUNS Airmen a chance to prove they are combat capable, and to assess how mission-ready they are as a team.

“These guys have been working every day so they’re ready to go,” said Shoemaker.

A team from USAFE-AFAFRICA headquarters will evaluate the 48th MUNS teams here on Feb. 6th.  

The squadron that wins the command competition will get the opportunity to compete against Air Force wide teams and represent USAFE-AFAFRICA during AFCOCOMP at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., in May.