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    Staff Sgt. Erik Reichenbach and Tech. Sgt. Kenny Rogers, of the Maryland Air National Guard, discuss their work with munitions systems. Reichenbach keeps track of munitions and delivers them to the flight line so they can be loaded onto planes. Rogers, who is a load standardization crew chief, trains members of the munitions team and makes sure they follow proper procedures.

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Staff Sgt. Eric Reichenbach: My name is Eric Reichenbach, and I'm a Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force Maryland Air National Guard. My job here is I'm a munitions systems specialist. I work with inventory of our munitions, as well as align delivery of the munitions and storage of the munitions. Today out on the flight line, we were loading 25-pound BDU33 practice bombs, and those are little blue bombs that simulate the trajectory of a Mark 82 500-pound munition. They fly basically the same way a 500-pound bomb will fly. That is so the pilots can go train using dumb bombs, not GPS-guided bombs that they use in actual combat situations.

Tech Sgt. Kenneth Rogers: My name's Tech Sgt. Kenneth Rogers. I'm stationed here at Warfield National Guard Base. I am the load standardization crew chief. I set the standard for all of our crews on the procedures that they will follow, and the steps. Going out and performing the load that every other crew will follow. It will be a mirror image. Every step we do is a step that they will do, and we evaluate that in that term. While we were out there, we loaded the Mark 82 bomb, which is a 500-pound general purpose bomb, which has been converted into a GB38, which is a JDAM, Joint Direct Attack Munition, which is a new edition to the A10C. You have a 25-minute time standard to complete that load. Everything we do is on a time standard. As a trainer, it gives me a lot of pride to watch these guys perform — guys and gals, excuse me. And going out and knowing that what I've shown them how to do, and loading weapons and taking care of their aircraft, and then turning it around and deploying to Iraq and watching them produce what they've produced, it gives me a good feeling.

Staff Sgt. Eric Reichenbach: I think the best thing I take away from the Military is that I feel like I'm serving my part. Serving in the Guard is a wonderful way to give back to my country.