Career Spotlight: the doors open in the bomb dump

Did you watch the video last week?  If so, did you figure out what was behind those closed doors?!

To give you a hint, those doors, along with many others, are located in an area called the “bomb dump!” In all honesty, before I got the chance to visit the Airmen and write this blog – I didn’t even know this area existed. They are kind of in their own space and not many people mess with them because you need their special access to get inside the gate!

Once inside, it’s like a whole new world. Each building takes care of different things. One area that I visited took care of packaging extra explosives. Because of our location, there’s a limit as to how many explosives we can have on base. So, Airmen in that area are responsible for packaging the extras up and getting them shipped up to Volk Field for storage.

Here are some photos of the Airmen packaging those explosives:

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The next area I got to spend time in was behind those doors in last week’s video. There, the Airmen were building bombs! They aren’t live bombs-they’re inert-but they still play an important part in our mission here at the 115th. Those bombs give the pilots a chance to practice hitting various targets. The more practice they get, the better prepared they’ll be if they get called up in real-world scenarios.

Here they are packing up their day’s build:

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Another important aspect of this bomb building is painting!  The paint they use on the bombs is actually a way they can identify them. The bombs are only good for a limited amount of time, so by using paint to keep track of their ages, they are able to reduce waste and ensure taxpayer money is used to it’s fullest potential. In their recent deployment to Japan, our Airmen were actually able to use the active duty’s bombs that were about to expire and replace them with our newer bombs-reducing waste!

There’s a lot more to explore in the bomb dump, but that’s all I’ve learned so far!  I also now know if I were to ever cross train, that’s were I’d want to go. The Airmen I met there were very positive, they enjoyed their jobs immensely (evident by their excitement explaining the deployments and adventures they’ve been on) and they spoke about looking out for each other in various scenarios!

Interested in working in the ‘bomb dump?’ Visit goang.com or call 1-800-TOGOANG to get prequalified. From there you’ll be connected with one of our recruiters.

About Tech. Sgt. Andrea F. Rhode

Tech. Sgt. Andrea F. Rhode is a photojournalist for the 115th Fighter Wing in Madison, Wisconsin.