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Morris, Lieutenant Colonel, U. However, the threat posed to the United States by the former Soviet Union has been replaced by a myriad of other threats around the world, large and small, but just as dangerous in their own way to our interests.
The primary reason the United States emerged as the winner of the Cold War was that the capabilities of the Strategic Air Command SAC were so evident and overwhelming that the Soviet Union realized they could not win a direct confrontation. This gave the world the breathing room it needed for the democracies to strengthen themselves and the internal contradictions and inefficiencies of the Soviet system to destroy it from within.
Even so, the time was not purchased cheaply. He and his successors relentlessly drove the men who flew and maintained them, modernizing as they went, to forge the most powerful fighting force the world has ever seen, one that convinced our enemies and friends alike that we could do everything we said we could do, and nothing could stand in our way.
What follows are some of my of remembrances of performing just one of the vital tasks required in this all out effort: For most of my time in the business, munitions meant the nuclear weapons of the bomber and missile wings. Although it was much more convenient for AFLC to maintain the complex nuclear weapons often referred to as special weapons at their few facilities, this arrangement was quite awkward for efficient SAC operations, and severely affected response times.
As world conditions tensed and the capabilities of the Soviet Union came closer to matching our own, SAC found it necessary to make major changes in the overall operation. This placed the special weapons on the same base as the aircraft that would carry them, and required significant changes in munitions storage, maintenance and loading operations.
When it came time to load a bomb onto an aircraft, it took an incredible amount of coordination to mate a bomb, a mission-ready aircraft, and a qualified bomb loading team at the necessary spot on the flight line to accomplish the task. This did not make for a very efficient operation.
Of course, world tensions and the improving Soviet capabilities did not sit back and wait for these conditions to iron themselves out. Each Alert bomber had to be loaded with the bombs and everything else necessary to go to war to match the EWO requirements, and Alert aircraft had to be capable of take-off within 15 minutes of receiving the launch order.
For various valid safety and security reasons, SAC would not allow aircraft to be serviced or otherwise worked on with nuclear weapons on board. Basically, the aircraft were loaded with nuclear weapons just before assuming Alert, and had to be downloaded when coming off Alert.
This greatly multiplied the number of bomb loading operations required over the previous period, when bombs were only loaded at the AFSs for maintenance proficiency and training. It also had a munitions supply officer X and four authorized positions for munitions officers X.
InSAC had an open position in one of those X authorizations, and dreamed up one more bright idea to improve its munitions maintenance operations! So started my new career, a most challenging, frustrating and rewarding career. But as far as I knew, they put the bomb into the aircraft at the factory where they built them both.
That lack of knowledge SAC was soon to correct. This proved too cumbersome, and it reverted to a 45 aircraft wing. Of course, loading, unloading, and maintaining nuclear weapons was very complex, and safety was very important.
Each MMS handled all sorts of munitions and explosives, and it was second nature to be alert and practice safety at all times. The series outlined nuclear safety and security, while the series covered all explosives.
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