FRIDAY FOTO (August 24, 2012)
Here we see a supply chain of a different sort in Afghanistan. Airmen assigned to the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing have formed a kind of bucket-brigade to pass weapons from temporary storage to a new armory at Camp Cunningham at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, on Aug. 19, 2012.
According to the Air Force, about 50 airmen volunteered to move up to 1,000 M9 automatic pistols and M16 assault riles from an older armory to a new, better equipped and more secure armory which is climate-controlled. That’s good idea in a place where the temperature can soar well over 100 degrees. The weapons will be stored in the new hardened — meaning modern, secure and safe — facility permanently.
It seems an odd way to transport so many firearms. Wonder why they didn’t use a truck or loader? An Air Force news account of the move has some more photos showing the old facility and the benefits of the new one — as well as the folks who pitched in to get this job done quickly. There’s also a video that shows the team effort and gives a better idea of why the move was needed. Maybe it would take longer to load a truck, drive to the new facility and then unload. Maybe there’s a security reason for this low tech operation. (Click on the photo to enlarge the image).
If anyone can explain why the move was done this way, please send us a comment or email us at 4GWARBlog@gmail.com
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