In 1962, the first USAF custodial unit "Detachment
0600" was activated at Kleine-Brogel to support the 10th Wing. Detachment 0600 came under the 306th Munitions
Maintenance Squadron and was the first American military unit with a combat mission
assigned to Belgium since the end of World War II.
The unit is a Geographically Separated Unit responsible to receive,
indentify, inspect, store, recondition, ship, issue, deliver, maintain,
test and assemble guided and unguided US munitions, and to provide custody and control of
those munitions until receipt of proper authority to release them to the
Belgian Air Force 10th Wing in support of NATO's Strike Mission. These weapons, 20 of them (unconfimed),
are of the B61
type. Unconfirmed news reports say they will be replaced by the
newer B61-12 that has .
These weapons, 20 of them (unconfimed), are of the B61 type. Unconfirmed news reports say they will be replaced by the newer B61-12 that hasincreased accuracy and earth-penetration capability
In July 1964, Det 0600 fell under the 7232nd Munitions
Maintenance Group until it became Det. 1 under the 36th Tactical Fighter Wing
(Bitburg AB, Germany) in 1967.
On April 1 1972, Det. 1 was assigned the 7361st
Munitions Support Sqn. (MUNSS). The squadron was transferred to
the 52nd Tactical Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem, Germany in July 1976.
In October 1992, the 32nd Fighter Group at Soesterbeg
AB in the Netherlands took command as the support base for Kleine-Brogel.
A year later, in October 1993, support reverted back to
the 52nd at Spangdahlem.
July 1993 the 7361st was redesignated the 601st MUNSS;
to be further designated the 617th MUNSS in July, 1994.
At that time, probably because of some USAF-rule, the name
KLEINE-BROGEL disappeared from the patch and was replaced with LEADING
In July 1996 the 52nd Munitions Support Squadron was activated, reflecting direct subordination to the U.S. 52nd Wing under the post-Cold War nuclear weapons regional basing scheme.
It was at that time that the crowned lion of 10 W TAC was replaced
with a generic one and the tabs became green.
Currently the 701st MUNSS is charged with safeguarding the ammunition.
Like other branches of the military, the United States Air Force maintains nuclear weapons systems. Its nuclear weapons specialists are tasked with inspecting, repairing and storing such weapons and equipment. They keep sensitive nuclear materials stable and secure and are among the most rigorously screened members of the U.S. military. The Air Force categorizes this job as Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC) 2W2X1 Air Force Nuclear Weapons Specialists. These airmen perform a wide array of duties around nuclear weapons; they inspect, maintain and assemble and disassemble bombs, missiles, launchers, bomb racks, and other related equipment and components. They also conduct testing on alarm systems, develop rotation schedules for high-security locks and keys, and if conditions ever warrant, perform emergency disablement or evacuation of nuclear weapons and components. Nuclear weapons specialists make sure all parts and components are regularly tested and updated to ensure maximum safety for military and civilian personnel. In addition, these airmen are tasked with performing escort duties and limited conventional munitions functions associated with NATO's custodial detachments. There are 3 levels : basic, senior and master.
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