The 114th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (AMXS) weapons shop is a multi-faceted unit that ensures the wing’s F-16 Fighting Falcons are ready to take the fight to the enemy at any time.

The 114th Fighter Wing’s combat mission involves air-to-air and air-to-ground operations designed to support ground forces and gain control of enemy airspace.

“Weapons is a lot more than just going out and putting a bomb on a jet. It’s the complex troubleshooting of the weapons systems to give pilots the confidence to pull the trigger,” said Chief Master Sgt. Michael Peterson, 114th Fighter Wing weapons manager.

The weapons shop is broken down into four areas: loading munitions on the flight line, repairing and inspecting weapons launchers, the 20 mm gun, and maintaining the aircraft itself.