Armory: A home for weapons

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  • By Airman 1st Class Mikaley Towle
  • 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
Before members of the 99th Security Forces Squadron report for duty, they must receive all the weapons, munitions and any other gear they may need for the duration of their shift.

The 99th SFS armory is charged with keeping accountability of weapons and munitions and ensuring that its members are prepared to do their job.

Each day, armorers take accountability and monitor the location of every weapon, munition and other equipment a 99th SFS member uses throughout the day, as well as, maintain accurate records of all privately-owned weapons, said Senior Airman Ian Bonilla, 99th SFS armorer.

The armory manages multiple programs and keeps records of all necessary program requirements, in addition to maintaining strict accountability of more than $5 million worth of equipment.

"I supervise the armorers and manage the various programs that affect the armory," said Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Simmons, 99th SFS assistant NCO in charge of the armory. "The NCOIC and I manage two ammunition accounts, two equipment accounts, two facilities, a hazardous materials and initial accumulation point, one radio account and the unit's Weapons and Explosives Safety Program."

In order to sustain their responsibilities, armorers work 12-hour shifts to ensure the armory is a 24/7 facility, which helps security forces members stay mission ready and able to carry out the Nellis Mission.

"The armorers supply on-duty security forces members with the necessary weapons and equipment for daily operations, as well as, provide courtesy storage of weapons for security forces and non-security forces Airmen en route to deployment, conducting regional training, or returning from deployments," said Simmons. "The armory also manages the installation's Privately Owned Weapons Program, supporting dorm and base-housing residents as well as Airmen on temporary duty status and guests staying at the Nellis Inn or other temporary lodging."

In addition, the armory directly supports installation defense and the air and space expeditionary force mission requirements by providing equipment and security for the installation and TDY personnel.

Although challenging, Simmons said it can be a rewarding experience as well.

"Being able to support the mission in such a unique and specific way is a reward in itself," he said.