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In the shoes of an ammo troop

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Thomas Knight, 325th Maintenance Squadron stockpile surveillance crew chief, shows Col. Brian Laidlaw, 325th Fighter Wing commander, how munitions are organized at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, July 17, 2019.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Thomas Knight, 325th Maintenance Squadron stockpile surveillance crew chief, shows Col. Brian Laidlaw, 325th Fighter Wing commander, how munitions are organized at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, July 17, 2019. Tyndall’s ammo troops handle, inspect, store and transport munitions and weapons systems to ensure lethality and mission readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Anthony Nin Leclerec)

(Right) U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Thomas Knight, 325th Maintenance Squadron stockpile surveillance crew chief, gives Col. Brian Laidlaw, 325th Fighter Wing commander, a safety briefing at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, July 17, 2019.

(Right) U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Thomas Knight, 325th Maintenance Squadron stockpile surveillance crew chief, gives Col. Brian Laidlaw, 325th Fighter Wing commander, a safety briefing at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, July 17, 2019. Knight was chosen for the Airman Shadow Program to showcase his job to Laidlaw. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Anthony Nin Leclerec)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Thomas Knight, 325th Maintenance Squadron stockpile surveillance crew chief, talks into the walkie-talkie at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, July 17, 2019.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Thomas Knight, 325th Maintenance Squadron stockpile surveillance crew chief, talks into the walkie-talkie at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, July 17, 2019. The 325th MXS performs 100 percent inventory accountability for munitions assets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Anthony Nin Leclerec)

U.S. Air Force Col. Brian Laidlaw, 325th Fighter Wing commander, carries a box of munitions at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, July 17, 2019.

U.S. Air Force Col. Brian Laidlaw, 325th Fighter Wing commander, carries a box of munitions at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, July 17, 2019. Laidlaw and the Airmen picked up TNT and blast caps to transport to the inspection bay. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Anthony Nin Leclerec)

U.S. Air Force Col. Brian Laidlaw, 325th Fighter Wing commander, straps a box of munitions to a flatbed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, July 17, 2019.

U.S. Air Force Col. Brian Laidlaw, 325th Fighter Wing commander, straps a box of munitions to a flatbed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, July 17, 2019. The boxes were strapped to a flatbed for transport to the inspection bay. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Anthony Nin Leclerec)

U.S. Air Force Col. Brian Laidlaw, 325th Fighter Wing commander, straps a box of munitions to a flatbed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, July 17, 2019.

U.S. Air Force Col. Brian Laidlaw, 325th Fighter Wing commander, straps a box of munitions to a flatbed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, July 17, 2019. The boxes were strapped to a flatbed for transport to the inspection bay. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Anthony Nin Leclerec)

(Right) U.S. Air Force Col. Brian Laidlaw, 325th Fighter Wing commander, ‘shadows’ U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Thomas Knight, 325th Maintenance Squadron stockpile surveillance crew chief, and labels a box of munitions for inspection at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, July 17, 2019.

(Right) U.S. Air Force Col. Brian Laidlaw, 325th Fighter Wing commander, ‘shadows’ U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Thomas Knight, 325th Maintenance Squadron stockpile surveillance crew chief, and labels a box of munitions for inspection at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, July 17, 2019. The Airman Shadow Program allows the base commander to get hands on understanding of the different duties around the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Anthony Nin Leclerec)

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --

A Tyndall Air Force Base Airman from the 325th Maintenance Squadron displayed his daily duties to the 325th Fighter Wing commander, here, July 17, 2019.

As part of the Airman Shadow Program, U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Thomas Knight, 325th MXS stockpile surveillance crew chief, showcased part of the munitions flight mission to Col. Brian Laidlaw, 325th FW commander.

“This is a great experience,” Knight said. “Col. Laidlaw actually shows that he cares about the Airmen and wants to come down and see what we’re doing, what we’re going through and if there is anything we need to accomplish the mission.”

Tyndall’s ammo troops handle, inspect, store and transport munitions and weapons systems across the installation to ensure lethality and mission readiness.

In a job where almost everything around is designed to go bang or boom, safety is paramount. Anyone walking into ammo territory is met by a safety brief before they can go any further and for Laidlaw was no exception.

The commander was able to go to different buildings and experience safety and security protocols first hand. As the stewards of Tyndall’s munitions, the munitions flight must have everything accounted for.

They picked up TNT and blast caps at different locations, safely strapping the boxes on to a flatbed for transport to the inspection bay. Every day, different lots of munitions are inspected to make sure all munitions are in proper working order—ready to be employed.

“Air Force people are responsible for the success of our mission," said Laidlaw. "We have some of the best and most highly trained people in the world. People like A1C Knight are the cornerstone of Team Tyndall.”