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,
store, and maintain 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, between 10 and 20 of them (unconfimed), were of the B61
type. News reports say they will be replaced by the newer B61-12 (unconfirmed).
These weapons, between 10 and 20 of them (unconfimed), were of the B61 type. News reports say they will be replaced by the newer B61-12 (unconfirmed).
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.
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