Cannon Air Force Base. Ever heard of it? I didn’t know of it until recently. But from what I’ve gathered, it hosts a variety of America’s most lethal aircraft and has quite an impressive inventory of ammunition, ranging from 9 mm and .50 cal rounds to huge bombs. DVIDS recently released an article, detailing Cannon Air Force Base and the aircraft that are assigned there.

One of the most notable aircraft is the AC-130W Stinger II gunship. Having a 105 mm M102 Howitzer, a 30 mm GAU-23 cannon, along with the ability to be modified with additional weapons platforms, this aircraft packs a big punch. Next in line is the MQ-9 Reaper. The MQ-9 is a remotely operated aircraft, carrying a wide array of missiles and bombs. Cannon is also home to the CV-22 Osprey. While the CV-22 is not considered a weapons platform, it does have .50 cal machine gun mounted on the ramp to provide a layer of protection for combat operations.

A U.S. Air Force AC-130W Stinger II returns from a training mission during Red Flag-Alaska 19-3 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 9, 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Westin Warburton)

Of course aircraft with so much firepower, along with having a high training and deployment tempo, require a lot of ammunition. This is where the 27th Special Operations Maintenance Squadron munitions flight — better known as the 27 SOMXS MUNS flight — comes into play. They are in charge of every single piece of ammunition on Cannon’s base.

Senior Airman Samuel Bartolotto, a member of the 27 SOMXS MUNS flight said it well: “We support all of the combat training here by supplying the ammo needed, and then when the need arises to use that training, we have pallets of all of the same munitions ready to go at a moment’s notice. Everything from small 9 mm rounds to massive bombs, we have it.”