Last year, the Liberty Wing made history after becoming the first U.S. fighter wing and operational base to receive a “Full Assurance” rating from the RAF Inspector of Explosives during its annual inspection July 18-21, 2022, at RAF Lakenheath, England.

The Explosive Safety Inspection Team’s (ESIT) visit was to validate adherence to the United Kingdom’s safety regulations, which the Liberty Wing must manage and abide by in addition to U.S. standards.

The ESIT has been conducting inspections for more than 40 years, in which the UK has become known as being one of the most strict in the world when it comes to explosives safety, said Master Sgt. Kevin Cantrell, 48th Fighter Wing Weapons Safety superintendent. In order to achieve the Full Assurance rating, units must have zero findings, something simple as forgetting to spray nomenclature off of an empty box can cost that rating to go down.

“No other weapons safety managers in the world have to go through as much training just to do the day-to-day mission that we do here,” said Cantrell. “Our WSMs not only go through the rigorous U.S. explosives safety school but also through the UK’s explosive safety school and train under NATO guidelines on top of that.”