Welcome aboard. You'll find lots of friendly folks here to answer your questions.
Also retired AF -- had 42 years continuous active duty. Munitions/Aircraft Maintenance Officer. Commanded two different B-52 Aircraft Maint squadrons, and was Log Group Commander at Barksdale. When I retired I was the AF's Chief of Munitions and Nuclear Weapons.
As any good aircraft maintenance officer would know -- never attempt any maintenance task without the checklist. Here is a link to one I wrote for the Vegas/Axis to supplement the anemic one provided by Thor: https://1drv.ms/w/s!AiYx6DLSeiiP53x246awlGrg8B-I