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Explosives safety personnel gather at AFSEC for education on NATO standards for safe storage of ammunition

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  • By AFSEC Public Affairs
  • Air Force Safety Center

Twenty-five students from the United States, Canada, and Germany gathered on August 28 at the Air Force Safety Center for a week of training on NATO standards for safe ammunition storage. The Allied Ammunition Storage and Transport Publication course covers the NATO guidelines for safe storage of ammunition and NATO guidelines for deployed environments.

During the course, students were taught theoretical knowledge, as well as, hands-on exercises to codify what they learned. The week-long NATO course was developed and taught by instructors from the Munitions Safety Information Analysis Center in Belgium, in conjunction with Canadian Forces.

“The course is designed to teach the criteria and guidelines relating to the storage and handling of explosives,” said Sean Gardner, Senior Inspector Explosives, Canadian Department of National Defence. “Its goal is to ensure that munitions used by NATO forces are safe. Safe munitions ensure high user confidence, enhancing military operations and especially, interoperability between national forces participating in NATO-multinational operations.”

The lecture series was hosted by AFSEC’s Weapons Safety Division located at Kirtland AFB, N.M.  The SEW division establishes Department of the Air Force safety policy for the development and operational use of all nuclear, conventional, and directed energy weapons systems.

“It was important to us that we host this course in order to enhance member-nation interoperability, application, and compliance with NATO Explosives Safety Criterion,” said Allen Kelly, Chief, Explosives Safety Policy, AFSEC Weapons Division. “This is especially important for ensuring mission success during multinational training and contingency operations."

Both the SEW division and MSIAC strive to provide explosives safety professionals and others with the tools necessary to ensure mission success while collaborating with some of our most important allies. 

To learn more about the Weapons Safety Division at the Air Force Safety Center, please visit its webpage,