The US Air Forces in Europe’s 702nd Munitions Support Squadron—a collection of some 140 military and civilian personnel stationed on a German air base performing a NATO mission—recently passed a “challenging” NATO Strike Evaluation, reports Lt. Col. Max Dubroff, the 702nd MSS commander. The unit comprises not only specialists in munitions maintenance and operations but also communications, support, and security forces and more—all of which joined with German counterparts, working in teams to ensure “100 percent aircraft generation” and maintain security access control. Next up is the USAFE Nuclear Surety Inspection.
The Air Force overall reduced its size by 120 aircraft in fiscal year 2021, but kept about the same number of fighter, bomber and attack aircraft, according to data supplied by the service. The F-35 fleet saw the biggest increase while the B-1B bomber fleet saw the largest decline.