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General Brady visits MUNS sites

Posted 6/18/2008   Updated 6/21/2008 Email story   Print story


by Senior Airman Logan A. Tuttle
52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs

6/18/2008 - SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- USAFE Commander General Roger Brady recently visited Kliene Brogel Air Base, Belgium and Volkel Air Base, Netherlands to watch both of their Munitions Support Squadrons in action in light of recent issues with weapons safety found at other bases. Colonel Lee Wight, 52nd Fighter Wing Commander and Chief Master Sgt. Bruce Kenney, 52nd Fighter Wing Command Chief where also present to witness both units for the first time. 

"Both units are part of the team. This is a critical part of the 52nd Fighter Wing mission," said Colonel Wight, "It's interesting and important for us to see what they do and how they do it, and we were impressed by their professionalism," he added. 

Senior Airman Nicholas Marriott, a Security Forces member with the 701st Munitions Support Squadron at Kliene Brogal, felt that the General's visit was very important. "It's a huge spotlight on Kliene Brogel," he said. 

The security forces members there even had the chance to demonstrate a re-capture scenario to General Brady, an exercise to prepare them in the event one of the weapons facilities comes under enemy attack. Following the briefing, General Brady had this to add: "weapons are still weapons. Passing rate is 100 percent. Even though we don't have a Soviet Union anymore, there's still some weird people out there." 

Airmen from the host nation's Air Force at each site where also present, and General Brady stated he appreciated the friendship of the local nationals. "It is important that we continue to nurture, strengthen and foster relationships with our NATO partners. What our host nations know about Americans, they learn from you," he added. 

Colonel Wight and Chief Kenney were also both impressed with the Airmen's attitudes and enthusiasm, they said. 

The tour of both bases concluded with General Brady offering wisdom to the Airmen stationed at either site. 

" I have no questions about our security. I have concerns because of our mission, and I have concerns because it's humans beings doing it. We're still the best Air Force in the world, but there's always room for improvement." Among what General Brady said would help with day-to-day improvement where things like customs and courtesies, which he felt go all the way to the flight line, and taking care of each other. "We have to continue to care for our Airmen. Everyone that comes into this organization is a leader, trainer and mentor," he remarked. 

When asked, the Airmen at both sites stated they appreciated the advice the General offered as well as him coming to see what they do. 

"It's really important. A lot of people are seeing how important our mission is, now more than before," said Staff Sgt. Donald Carter, a load monitor with the 703rd Munitions Support Squadron at Volkel.

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