U.S. Airmen Build Bombs

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • U.S. airmen gather to review safety procedures before building 10 GBU-38 bombs on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 14, 2014. The GBU-38s are part of the weapon system used on F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft. The airmen are munitions systems technicians assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron.  U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Cohen A. Young
  • U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Casey Cain reviews technical data before building a GBU-38 bomb on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 14, 2014. Cain is a munitions systems technician assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Cohen A. Young
  • U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Casey Cain connects an FMU-152 tail fuse during a GBU-38 bomb build on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 14, 2014. Cain is munitions systems technician assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Brandon Lingle
  • U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Matthew Garrett, left, and U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Terrin Love guide GBU-38s as they are hoisted during a bomb build on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 14, 2014. Garrett and Love are munitions systems technicians assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Brandon Lingle
  • U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. John Pomilin spray paints identification numbers on GBU-38 bombs on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 14, 2014. Pomilin is a munitions systems technician assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Cohen A. Young
  • A U.S. airman installs an FMU-152 tail fuse into the end of a GBU-38 bomb on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 14, 2014.  U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Cohen A. Young
  • U.S. Air Force Senior Airmen Christopher Reed and Brandon Graves string connection wire through a bomb conduit to an initiator as they build a GBU-38 bomb on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 14, 2014. Reed and Graves are munitions systems technicians assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron.  U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Cohen A. Young
  • A U.S. airman coats the top of an FZU-55A initiator with a silicon sealant during a bomb build on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 14, 2014. U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Brandon Lingle
  • U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Christopher Reed, left, and U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Mark Mayeaux install the power cable that connects the initiator to the fuse in a GBU-38 bomb on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 14, 2014. Reed and Mayeaux are munitions systems technicians assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Brandon Lingle
  • U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Tony Chatman aligns the front strike of the bomb lugs of a GBU-38 bomb on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 14, 2014. Chatman is munitions systems technician assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Cohen A. Young
  • U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Casey Cain, left, and U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Patrick Williams tighten the screws on a GBU-38 bomb during its construction on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 14, 2014. Cain and Williams are munitions systems technicians assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Cohen A. Young
  • U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Casey Cain, left, and U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Christopher Reed slide a GBU-38 bomb onto a conveyor during a bomb build on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 14, 2014. Cain and Reed are munitions systems technicians assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Brandon Lingle
  • U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Terrin Love and U.S. Air Force Senior Airman William Spencer work together to tighten the tail end of a GBU-38 bomb on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 14, 2014. Love and Spencer are munitions systems technicians assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Cohen A. Young