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A photo of munitions sitting on an A-10.

Munitions sit on a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, June 16, 2020. The 355th Maintenance Group Weapons Standardization Section evaluates and instructs weapons loading crews on proper procedures for handling munitions on A-10s. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kaitlyn Ergish)

A photo of an Airman working on munitions

An Airman assigned to the 355th Maintenance Group Weapons Standardization Section works on a munition on a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, June 16, 2020. Weapons standardization keeps flight line crews proficient on all munitions that are possible to load on the A-10. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kaitlyn Ergish)

A photo of an Airman working on munitions

An Airman assigned to the 355th Maintenance Group Weapons Standardization Section loads a munition on a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, June 16, 2020. Weapons standardization Airmen instruct weapons loading procedures so flight line crews maintain their weapons load certification. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kaitlyn Ergish)

A photo of Airmen working on munitions

An Airman assigned to the 355th Maintenance Group Weapons Standardization Section evaluates his troop’s weapon loading procedures on a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, June 16, 2020. The weapons standardization section is responsible for all weapons loading procedures on A-10s. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kaitlyn Ergish)

A photo of an Airman working on munitions

An Airman assigned to the 355th Maintenance Group Weapons Standardization Section places a munition cell under a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, June 16, 2020. The weapons standardization section is a 24-hour shop that responds to flight line emergencies that are weapon related. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kaitlyn Ergish)

A photo of an Airman working on munitions

An Airman assigned to the 355th Maintenance Group Weapons Standardization Section conducts a munition check on a U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, June 16, 2020. The weapons standardization section refines flight line crews’ skills by evaluating and instructing proper loading procedures. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kaitlyn Ergish)

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. --

U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs and HH-60G Pave Hawk IIs remain ready to deploy and deliver combat airpower anywhere and anytime due to critical training provided by the 355th Maintenance Group Weapons Standardization Section. 

The Weapons Standardization section certifies and evaluates flight line crews’ munitions loading abilities.

“We instruct weapons loading procedures so flight line crews obtain and maintain the weapons load certification to upload and download all munitions that are possible for these airframes,” said U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Joshua Terasas, 355th Wing lead standardization crew member.

Responsibility for all weapons loading procedures on A-10s and HH-60Gs belong to the instructors in this shop by them ensuring the proper training and certification of the 355th MXG Airmen who perform this mission.

“What it takes for us to accomplish the mission is our team of 15 to 20 personnel showing up every day ready to give 100 percent to these flight line load crews,” said Terasas. “At Weapons Standardization, we are the best load crews on base and it’s our job to pass on our knowledge and experience to the flight line crews so they can hone their skills and become the best loaders possible.”

This shop impacts not only the rescue and attack missions of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, but it also impacts the Airmen who support it.

“What keeps me motivated is the impact I have on the Airmen and weapons community as a whole,” said Senior Airman Sennelly Montalvo-Rosado, 355th MXG load crew evaluator. “If I can share the knowledge that I have to help Airmen become more proficient, I think that’s the greatest accomplishment any Airman can have.”

The 355th Wing relies on Weapons Standardization Airmen to be able to combat any circumstance that may arise by providing ready and lethal rescue and attack assets anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice.