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Downloading means to fill all the shell casings in the machine and make sure it is empty before sending it out for inspection.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Riki King, 52nd Maintenance Squadron conventional maintenance technician, downloads a universal ammunition loader at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Nov. 30, 2018. Downloading means to fill all the shell casings in the machine and make sure it is empty before sending it out for inspection. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jovante Johnson)

If there are complications with the UAL during the emptying process the machine must be stopped and fixed in order to continue. The UAL prepares ammunition for target practice and any real-life situations that may occur.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Riki King, left, 52nd Maintenance Squadron conventional maintenance technician, and Senior Airman Kaitlyn Flack, right, 52nd MXS conventional maintenance crew chief, inspect the universal ammunition loading machine at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Nov. 30, 2018. If there are complications with the UAL during the emptying process the machine must be stopped and fixed in order to continue. The UAL prepares ammunition for target practice and any real-life situations that may occur. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jovante Johnson)

Practice rounds can be identified by the blue tips on the shell casing

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Walter Burkart, 52nd Maintenance Squadron conventional maintenance technician, waits for 20 millimeter target practice rounds to make their way through the universal ammunition loader at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Nov. 30, 2018. Practice rounds can be identified by the blue tips on the shell casing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jovante Johnson)

The UAL must be sent to an arms shop for inspection, but must be emptied before the inspection can be performed.

Team members of the 52nd Maintenance Squadron conventional maintenance flight prepare to empty a universal ammunition loading machine at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Nov. 30, 2018. The UAL must be sent to an arms shop for inspection, but must be emptied before the inspection can be performed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jovante Johnson)

The UAL holds three belts of munitions each containing 515 rounds of ammunition. This prepares ammunition for target practice and any real-life situations that may occur.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Riki King, 52nd Maintenance Squadron conventional maintenance technician, uses an air gun to rotate a universal ammunition loader at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Nov. 30, 2018. The UAL is used to make 20 millimeter rounds. The UAL holds three belts of munitions each containing 515 rounds of ammunition. This prepares ammunition for target practice and any real-life situations that may occur. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jovante Johnson)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany --