07/06/2016: The ordering, assembling, and loading munitions is a full time job at Australia’s main air operating base in the Middle East region.
The assembly and loading of weapons is undertaken by Armament Technicians using the necessary ground support equipment.
This activity is usually conducted at night to avoid the high daytime temperatures.
The Air Task Group (ATG) of Operation OKRA is operating at the request of the Iraqi Government within a US-led international coalition assembled to disrupt and degrade Daesh operations in the Middle East Region (MER).
The ATG comprises six RAAF F/A-18A Hornet fighter aircraft, an E-7A Wedgetail airborne command and control aircraft, and a KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport air-to-air refuelling aircraft. Additionally, the ATG has personnel working in the Combined Air and Space Operations Centre, and embedded with the ‘Kingpin’ US tactical Command and Control Unit.
The ATG is directly supported by elements of Operation ACCORDION including the Theatre Communications Group, Air Mobility Task Group, and the Combat Support Unit, whose mission is to provide airbase and aviation operational support to sustain air operations in the MER.
There are up to 350 personnel deployed, at any one time, as part of, or in direct support of the ATG.
Credit: Australian Ministry of Defense:6/23/16