From Build to Boom: Munitions Line Delivery

A 105mm round rests in a munitions trailer on Hurlburt Field, Fla., Dec. 6, 2013. Aircrew members rejected the round after a loose crimp was detected during the loading process. (U.S. Air Force Photo Illustration/Staff Sgt. John Bainter)

A 105mm round rests in a munitions trailer on Hurlburt Field, Fla., Dec. 6, 2013. Aircrew members rejected the round after a loose crimp was detected during the loading process. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Staff Sgt. John Bainter)

Senior Airman Marcus Montgomery, 1st Special Operations Equipment Maintenance Squadron munitions line delivery driver, inspects a 105mm round on Hurlburt Field, Fla., Dec. 6, 2013. Montgomery inspected each round and transported them to an aircraft once they were deemed undamaged and safe to load. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. John Bainter)

Senior Airman Marcus Montgomery, 1st Special Operations Equipment Maintenance Squadron munitions line delivery driver, inspects a 105mm round on Hurlburt Field, Fla., Dec. 6, 2013. Montgomery inspected each round and transported them to an aircraft once they were deemed undamaged and safe to load. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. John Bainter)

Senior Airman Marcus Montgomery, 1st Special Operations Equipment Maintenance Squadron munitions line delivery driver, inserts a 105mm round into a storage container on Hurlburt Field, Fla., Dec. 6, 2013. Montgomery checked each round for damage to the projectile or casing prior to taking them to the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. John Bainter)

Senior Airman Marcus Montgomery, 1st Special Operations Equipment Maintenance Squadron munitions line delivery driver, inserts a 105mm round into a storage container on Hurlburt Field, Fla., Dec. 6, 2013. Montgomery checked each round for damage to the projectile or casing prior to taking them to the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. John Bainter)

Senior Airman Marcus Montgomery, 1st Special Operations Equipment Maintenance Squadron munitions line delivery driver, removes the lid from a 40mm round container on Hurlburt Field, Fla., Dec. 6, 2013. The 40mm rounds come in several variations from armor piercing projectiles to highly explosive incendiary. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. John Bainter)

Senior Airman Marcus Montgomery, 1st Special Operations Equipment Maintenance Squadron munitions line delivery driver, removes the lid from a 40mm round container on Hurlburt Field, Fla., Dec. 6, 2013. The 40mm rounds come in several variations from armor piercing projectiles to highly explosive incendiary. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. John Bainter)

Senior Airman Patrick Beam, 1st Special Operations Equipment Maintenance Squadron munitions line delivery driver, secures a container of 40mm rounds to a munitions trailer on Hurlburt Field, Fla., Dec. 6, 2013. Line delivery drivers Properly secured containers to prevent damage during transport. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. John Bainter)

Senior Airman Patrick Beam, 1st Special Operations Equipment Maintenance Squadron munitions line delivery driver, secures a container of 40mm rounds to a munitions trailer on Hurlburt Field, Fla., Dec. 6, 2013. Line delivery drivers properly secured containers to prevent damage during transport. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. John Bainter)

A munitions trailer displays an explosives sign on Hurlburt Field, Fla., Dec. 6, 2013. The sign is displayed to warn personnel of its explosive contents.
(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. John Bainter

A munitions trailer displays an explosives sign on Hurlburt Field, Fla., Dec. 6, 2013. The sign is displayed to warn personnel of its explosive contents. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. John Bainter)

Senior Airman Marcus Montgomery, 1st Special Operations Equipment Maintenance Squadron munitions line delivery driver, does a final walk around of a munitions trailer on Hurlburt Field, Fla., Dec. 6, 2013. Line delivery drivers ensured all munitions are secured before transport. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. John Bainter)

Senior Airman Marcus Montgomery, 1st Special Operations Equipment Maintenance Squadron munitions line delivery driver, does a final walk around of a munitions trailer on Hurlburt Field, Fla., Dec. 6, 2013. Line delivery drivers ensured all munitions were secured before transport. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. John Bainter)

A munitions trailer sits on the flightline access road at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Dec. 6, 2013. Line delivery drivers waited for an AC-130U Spooky gunship to arrive. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. John Bainter)

A munitions trailer sits on the flightline access road at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Dec. 6, 2013. Line delivery drivers waited for an AC-130U Spooky gunship to arrive. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. John Bainter)

Hearing protection sits on the dashboard of a vehicle on Hurlburt Field, Fla., Dec. 6, 2013. Line delivery drivers wear hearing protection during ammo loading to prevent hearing damage. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. John Bainter)

Hearing protection sits on the dashboard of a vehicle on Hurlburt Field, Fla., Dec. 6, 2013. Line delivery drivers wear hearing protection during ammo loading to prevent hearing damage. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. John Bainter)

Line delivery drivers from 1st Special Operations Equipment Maintenance Squadron munitions pull up to an aircraft on Hurlburt Field, Fla., Dec. 6, 2013. Line delivery drivers loaded 105mm, 40mm ammunition, and special flares onto an AC-130U Spooky gunship. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. John Bainter)
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Line delivery drivers pull up to an aircraft on Hurlburt Field, Fla., Dec. 6, 2013. Line delivery drivers loaded ammunition and special flares onto an AC-130U Spooky gunship. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. John Bainter)

Senior Airmen Patrick Beam and Marcus Montgomery, 1st Special Operations Equipment Maintenance Squadron munitions line delivery drivers, push a munitions trailer with an aircrew member on Hurlburt Field, Fla., Dec. 6, 2013. Line delivery drivers handed 105mm rounds to aircrew members individually through a side door on the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. John Bainter)
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Senior Airmen Patrick Beam and Marcus Montgomery, 1st Special Operations Equipment Maintenance Squadron munitions line delivery drivers, push a munitions trailer with an aircrew member on Hurlburt Field, Fla., Dec. 6, 2013. Line delivery drivers handed 105mm rounds to aircrew members individually through a side door on the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. John Bainter)

Senior Airman Patrick Beam, 1st Special Operations Equipment Maintenance Squadron munitions line delivery driver, loads 40mm rounds onto an aircraft on Hurlburt Field, Fla., Dec. 6, 2013. Line delivery drivers loaded a full trailer of ammunition onto an AC-130U Spooky gunship. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. John Bainter)
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Senior Airman Patrick Beam, 1st Special Operations Equipment Maintenance Squadron munitions line delivery driver, loads 40mm rounds onto an aircraft on Hurlburt Field, Fla., Dec. 6, 2013. Line delivery drivers loaded a full trailer of ammunition onto an AC-130U Spooky gunship. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. John Bainter)

Munitions line delivery drivers with 1st Special Operations Equipment Maintenance Squadron leave the flightline on Hurlburt Field, Fla., Dec. 6, 2013. Line drivers delivered munitions for a training mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. John Bainter)
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Line delivery drivers leave the flightline on Hurlburt Field, Fla., Dec. 6, 2013. Line drivers delivered munitions for a training mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. John Bainter)

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- Those within earshot of Eglin Range, Fla., can hear the sound of freedom raining from the sky as 25, 40 and 105mm rounds strike targets with precise accuracy.

Airmen from the 1st Special Operations Equipment Maintenance Squadron munitions line delivery shop, deliver every round and retrieve every spent casing from missions originating at Hurlburt Field.

Line delivery drivers are responsible for ensuring every round fired from Hurlburt aircraft are delivered safely and checked for damage before handing them off to the aircrew.

"They shut down the two engines on the loading side, we pull munitions trailers up to the aircraft, hand them the rounds, they start the engines and take off as soon as we pull the trailer away," said Tech. Sgt. Steven Pinkerton, 1st SOEMS munitions line delivery assistant chief.

Loading 105mm rounds is physically demanding, said Pinkerton.

"You're lifting each 44 to 50 pound round above your head," he said. "And, and each load is 40 to 100 rounds."

The drivers' ability to deliver munitions quickly and safely enables missions here and around the globe.

"We get the munitions there as safely as possible," said Senior Airman Marcus Montgomery, 1st SOEMS line delivery driver. "The flightline understands we're not going to tow 30 mph because they need it as soon as possible. So, driving at 5 mph is just a precaution we take to get the munitions to the aircraft safely."

Once the munitions arrive, the line drivers and the aircrew inspect the rounds for signs of wear or damage. Any rounds rejected by the aircrew or line drivers returns to munitions maintenance for proper handling.

The line delivery shop is a vital link in the chain to overall mission success, according to Pinkerton.

"Munitions line delivery will continue to deliver aircraft ordnance and ammunition effectively and safely," said Pinkerton. "It's the dedication to mission, which makes the hard working team of line delivery drivers a crucial keystone in the 1st Special Operating Wing mission and effectiveness."