Airmen Bring the Thunder to Estonia

Since arriving in Estonia last month, Airmen from Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, work in three-person teams to load munitions on 12 A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft — also known as Warthogs — currently deployed to Amari Air Base, Estonia.

The Airmen and aircraft will spend the next several months working alongside their NATO allies to further develop interoperability, all part of the ongoing Operation Atlantic Resolve.

Bomb Dummy Units — known as BDU-33s — lay on the flightline at Amari Air Base, Estonia. The BDU-33s are loaded onto A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft deployed in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve and will be used in training with NATO allies to strengthen interoperability. (U.S. Air Force photos by Andrea Jenkins)

There are unique challenges operating in Estonia, according to Staff Sgt. Josh Stephenson, a weapons load crew team chief.  “The weather, having our equipment geographically separated, operating out of a unique airfield and just being in a foreign country in general bring a different set of stressors that you don’t experience at home station.”

You can read more about their mission HERE.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Austin Kobus, 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron weapons load crew member, removes the grounding strap from a Training Guided Missile to prepare for munition loading prior to the first A-10 Thunderbolt II attack aircraft sortie during a Theater Security Package deployment at Amari Air Base, Estonia, Sept. 23.
Senior Airman Tayrell Washington, weapons load crew team member, and Staff Sgt. Dayton Gravlee, weapons load crew team chief, move a power cart down the flightline at Amari Air Base, Estonia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Andrea Jenkins)

(Information courtesy of Andrea Jenkins, 23rd Wing Public Affairs, as posted on Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany’s website)