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61st AMU uses live GBUs enhancing combat readiness

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Justin Williams, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit maintainer, finishes loading a GBU-31 joint direct attack munition on an F-35A Lightning II Aug. 9, 2021, at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Justin Williams, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit maintainer, finishes loading a GBU-31 joint direct attack munition on an F-35A Lightning II Aug. 9, 2021, at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. Two F-35s from the 61st Fighter Squadron completed missions with live GBU-31s, a 2,000-pound class munition that uses a GPS-guided tail kit to provide pilots with combat training experience. Through realistic training experiences, the 61st AMU and 61st FS develop combat ready pilots and mission enhancing lethality and readiness within the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Leala Marquez)

U.S. Air Force maintainers from the 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit load a GBU-31 joint direct attack munition on an F-35A Lightning II Aug. 9, 2021, at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona.

U.S. Air Force maintainers from the 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit load a GBU-31 joint direct attack munition on an F-35A Lightning II Aug. 9, 2021, at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. While using live GBU-31s is not a requirement in their syllabus, 61st Fighter Squadron pilots employ live munitions as a capstone for finishing their surface attack phase of training, adding an additional level of focus for student pilots already completing a rigorous training curriculum. Through realistic training experiences, the 61st AMU and 61st FS develop combat ready pilots and mission enhancing lethality and readiness within the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Leala Marquez)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Nikolas Ramirez and Airman 1st Class Justin Stockdill, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit maintainers, guide a GBU-31 joint direct attack munition to an F-35A Lightning II Aug. 9, 2021, at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Nikolas Ramirez and Airman 1st Class Justin Stockdill, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit maintainers, guide a GBU-31 joint direct attack munition to an F-35A Lightning II Aug. 9, 2021, at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. While using live GBU-31s is not a requirement in their syllabus, 61st Fighter Squadron pilots employ live munitions as a capstone for finishing their surface attack phase of training, adding an additional level of focus for student pilots already completing a rigorous training curriculum. Through realistic training experiences, the 61st AMU and 61st FS develop combat ready pilots and mission enhancing lethality and readiness within the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Leala Marquez)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Nikolas Ramirez, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit maintainer, secures a GBU-31 joint direct attack munition onto a munition jammer Aug. 9, 2021, at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Nikolas Ramirez, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit maintainer, secures a GBU-31 joint direct attack munition onto a munition jammer Aug. 9, 2021, at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. Two F-35s from the 61st Fighter Squadron completed missions with live GBU-31s, a 2,000-pound class munition that uses a GPS-guided tail kit to provide pilots with combat training experience. Through realistic training experiences, the 61st AMU and 61st FS develop combat ready pilots and mission enhancing lethality and readiness within the Air Force (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Leala Marquez)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Justin Williams, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit maintainer, finishes loading a GBU-31 joint direct attack munition on an F-35A Lightning II Aug. 9, 2021, at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. Two F-35s from the 61st Fighter Squadron completed missions with live GBU-31s, a 2,000-pound class munition that uses a GPS-guided tail kit to provide pilots with combat training experience. Through realistic training experiences, the 61st AMU and 61st FS develop combat ready pilots and mission enhancing lethality and readiness within the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Leala Marquez)