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USAFE CAPEX 2019

Barrels are transported by forklift in a warehouse during the night operations of Combat Ammunition Production Exercise 2019 on Aug. 7, 2019, at Aviano Air Base, Italy. Airmen are able to learn and enhance their skills during exercises allowing for improved combat readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caleb House)

Barrels are transported by forklift in a warehouse during the night operations of Combat Ammunition Production Exercise 2019 on Aug. 7, 2019, at Aviano Air Base, Italy. Airmen are able to learn and enhance their skills during exercises allowing for improved combat readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caleb House)

An Airman straps containers together allowing for safe and secure movement of materials during Combat Ammunition Production Exercise 2019 on Aug. 7, 2019, at Aviano Air Base, Italy. Conducting exercises such as CAPEX enables Airmen to learn in a controlled environment, bolstering unit interoperability and refining their practice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caleb House)

An Airman straps containers together allowing for safe and secure movement of materials during Combat Ammunition Production Exercise 2019 on Aug. 7, 2019, at Aviano Air Base, Italy. Conducting exercises such as CAPEX enables Airmen to learn in a controlled environment, bolstering unit interoperability and refining their practice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caleb House)

Airmen test fins for the most up to date software before attaching them to munitions during Combat Ammunition Production Exercise 2019 on Aug. 7, 2019, at Aviano Air Base, Italy. Having the most up to date software ensures proper functionality of the fins allowing them to guide the munition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caleb House)

Airmen test fins for the most up to date software before attaching them to munitions during Combat Ammunition Production Exercise 2019 on Aug. 7, 2019, at Aviano Air Base, Italy. Having the most up to date software ensures proper functionality of the fins allowing them to guide the munition. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caleb House)

An Airman sprays lubricant on a suspension lug during Combat Ammunition Production Exercise 2019 on Aug. 7, 2019, at Aviano Air Base, Italy. Suspension lugs to attach munitions to aircraft allowing the 31st Fighter Wing to stay lethal and rapidly ready. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caleb House)

An Airman sprays lubricant on a suspension lug during Combat Ammunition Production Exercise 2019 on Aug. 7, 2019, at Aviano Air Base, Italy. Suspension lugs to attach munitions to aircraft allowing the 31st Fighter Wing to stay lethal and rapidly ready. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caleb House)

Airmen assist each other in loading munitions onto a trailer during Combat Ammunition Production Exercise 2019 on Aug. 7, 2019, at Aviano Air Base, Italy. Exercises such as CAPEX keep the Airmen of the munitions career field prepared and demonstrates USAFE’s ability to be rapidly ready for contingency operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caleb House)

Airmen assist each other in loading munitions onto a trailer during Combat Ammunition Production Exercise 2019 on Aug. 7, 2019, at Aviano Air Base, Italy. Exercises such as CAPEX keep the Airmen of the munitions career field prepared and demonstrates USAFE’s ability to be rapidly ready for contingency operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caleb House)

Brig. Gen. Ronald E. Jolly, Director of Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, is briefed by an Airman during Combat Ammunition Production Exercise 2019 on Aug. 7, 2019, at Aviano Air Base, Italy. USAFE is engaged, postured and ready with credible force to deter adversaries and defend European allies and partners against malign forces in an increasingly complex security environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caleb House)

Brig. Gen. Ronald E. Jolly, Director of Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, is briefed by an Airman during Combat Ammunition Production Exercise 2019 on Aug. 7, 2019, at Aviano Air Base, Italy. USAFE is engaged, postured and ready with credible force to deter adversaries and defend European allies and partners against malign forces in an increasingly complex security environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caleb House)

Airmen inspect munitions during Combat Ammunition Production Exercise 2019 on Aug. 7, 2019, at Aviano Air Base, Italy. Conducting exercises such as CAPEX enables Airmen to learn in a controlled environment, bolstering unit interoperability and refining their practice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caleb House)

Airmen inspect munitions during Combat Ammunition Production Exercise 2019 on Aug. 7, 2019, at Aviano Air Base, Italy. Conducting exercises such as CAPEX enables Airmen to learn in a controlled environment, bolstering unit interoperability and refining their practice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caleb House)

Airmen assist each other in loading munitions onto a trailer during Combat Ammunition Production Exercise 2019 on Aug. 7, 2019, at Aviano Air Base, Italy. Exercises such as CAPEX keep the Airmen of the munitions career field prepared and demonstrates USAFE’s ability to be rapidly ready for contingency operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caleb House)

Airmen assist each other in loading munitions onto a trailer during Combat Ammunition Production Exercise 2019 on Aug. 7, 2019, at Aviano Air Base, Italy. Exercises such as CAPEX keep the Airmen of the munitions career field prepared and demonstrates USAFE’s ability to be rapidly ready for contingency operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caleb House)

Airmen work to build munitions during CAPEX 2019 Aug. 6, 2019, at Aviano Air Base, Italy. Airmen are able to learn and enhance their skills during exercises allowing for improved combat readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caleb House)

Airmen work to build munitions during CAPEX 2019 Aug. 6, 2019, at Aviano Air Base, Italy. Airmen are able to learn and enhance their skills during exercises allowing for improved combat readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caleb House)

U.S. Air Force Col. Chris E. Boring, 31st Maintenance Group commander, inspects munitions with an Airman during CAPEX 2019 at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Aug. 6, 2019. Conducting exercises such as CAPEX enables Airmen to learn in a controlled environment, bolstering unit interoperability and refining their practice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caleb House)
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U.S. Air Force Col. Chris E. Boring, 31st Maintenance Group commander, inspects munitions with an Airman during CAPEX 2019 at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Aug. 6, 2019. Conducting exercises such as CAPEX enables Airmen to learn in a controlled environment, bolstering unit interoperability and refining their practice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caleb House)

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy --

Combat Ammunition Production Exercise, an exercise typically located at a Pacific Air Forces base, has been hosted by USAFE the last two years, most recently by the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano Air Base, Italy, from Aug. 5 through 9. 
“During USAFE’s 2019 CAPEX, the ammo community overcame all limiting factors that reared their ugly heads while showcasing our ability to take the fight to our nation’s adversaries,” said Master Sgt. David W. Hardy, a munitions operations section chief at the 31st Munitions Squadron. 
CAPEX tests the wartime munitions tactics, techniques, procedures and capabilities of the Airmen participating. Working day and night, Airmen from several bases around the globe teamed up to safely and efficiently demonstrate their abilities. Exercises such as CAPEX allow Airmen to learn in a controlled environment to refine their craft.
Evaluators also came from multiple major commands to spectate and provide feedback during the exercise. 
“Team Aviano and our partners, who were mobilized from installations throughout both USAFE and the continental United States, proved to our enemies that we are not only ready for war but also willing to do everything it takes to execute all conventional warfare missions ordered by our Commander in Chief,” said Hardy.
Through exercises such as CAPEX, the Air Force is able to demonstrate to allies the ability of Airmen to rapidly prepare for contingency operations as well as its ability to defend against malign forces.