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    AFCOMAC Implements ACE in New Curriculum; Assembles Air Force’s Newest Munition

    GBU-56 Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM)

    Courtesy Photo | The Air Force Combat Ammunition Center Class implemented a new curriculum that...... read more read more



    Story by Tech. Sgt. Samuel Burns 

    9th Reconnaissance Wing

    BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - In the modern world of military tactics, technology and relations, Agile Combat Employment (ACE) is the key to maintaining a lead over near-peer adversaries. The Air Force Combat Ammunition Center (AFCOMAC) course has existed since 1986 and continues to develop in the face of Great Power Competition (GPC).

    On March 4, 2024, AFCOMAC class 24-004 was the first to experience the new curriculum that was established to modernize the training of munitions troops Air Force-wide. This course overhaul meets updated combatant command and operation plan requirements.

    “The curriculum is reviewed and modified every year with the input from every Major Command’s munition functional manager,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Christopher Parmer, 9th Munitions Squadron director of operations. “The adjustments assist in preparing the ammo troops for the next conflict utilizing techniques, tactics, and procedures taught at AFCOMAC.”

    This class was the first to be tasked with assembling Guided Bomb Unit (GBU)-56 bombs, the Air Force’s newest munition. The GBU-56 Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) adds more flexibility to the Air Force’s arsenal alongside the adverse weather Global Positioning System/Inertial Navigation System guided JDAM.

    Air cargo palletization builds were also added to the course to enhance ACE operations. This addition provided ammo troops experience which could be vital when shipping assets are required.

    While enduring the new course additions, AFCOMAC class 24-004 displayed excellence as they met each Fragmentation Order (FRAG) requirement, becoming only the third class with that accomplishment in the last 13 years. They also maintained a 96.5% build accuracy rate with no duds. That accuracy rate was the highest rate ever recorded in the history of the AFCOMAC schoolhouse.

    “The success of this class serves as a testament to the preparation and readiness of our force in defense of our nation as we look toward the next conflict,” said Parmer. “Our motto, ‘To keep the peace, prepare for war’, underscores the importance of readiness and capability as a deterrent for conflict.

    Integrating new capabilities and experiences into an ever-evolving curriculum reflects the ever-evolving nature of the world and conflict. Employing munitions troops with cutting edge training and skills ensures the technical proficiency needed to support an Air War in dynamic environments, readying the Total Force for the challenges of any potential future conflict, and bolstering our nation's war-fighting capability.


    Date Taken: 03.04.2024
    Date Posted: 04.12.2024 14:30
    Story ID: 468450

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