Testing limits; 86th MUNS pushes itself during exercise

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  • By Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer
  • 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
The 86th Munitions Squadron participated in an exercise Oct. 23-26, 2016, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

The training exercise tested Airmen’s flexibility by tasking them to increase the pace of their mission throughout the exercise.

Maj. Neal Wilson, 86th MUNS commander, said the exercise provided a look at how they would perform during higher-pace situations.

“The primary goal of this exercise is to measure our throughput capacity,” Wilson said. “We are validating training that we’ve received over time by putting Airmen to the test.”

Airmen throughout the 86th Logistics Readiness Group participated in the exercise, allowing multiple units to train together and build interoperability.

Airmen were broken up into several teams and tasked with a deployment schedule of events, providing the team’s goals to execute and the time limits for them. Some of these missions included stockpiling ammo boxes and bracing them inside International Organization of Standardization shipping containers.

Airmen were maintaining maximum mission readiness, said Wilson.

“This exercise gets to let us knock out the kinks we run into in a training environment, as opposed to a real-world scenario,” Wilson explained.

One of the Airmen that worked alongside the 86th MUNS, Airman 1st Class David Osborne, 86th Logistics Readiness Squadron traffic management journeyman cooperated alongside 86th MUNS Airmen, and enjoyed the opportunity to strengthen partnership ability with other units to complete the same mission.

“It’s always a good thing when you’re able to add variety to your career field,” Osborne said. “Working with other units allows me to help accomplish a large mission while professionally developing myself.”

Whether it was team chemistry, mission readiness or cooperative ability that they trained on, the Team Ramstein Airmen proved that it’s ready for the next test that comes their way through this exercise. The mission may demand more at times, but the results never falter under a culture of innovation and excellence.