Senior Airman Taylor Leach, 2nd Logistics Readiness Squadron mobility flight, inspects a box of gas mask carriers on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., July 30. The mobility flight is responsible for issuing and maintaining mission essential equipment to deploying Airmen, such as gas masks, weapons and body armor. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Andrew Moua)(RELEASED)
Senior Airman Taylor Leach, 2nd Logistics Readiness Squadron mobility flight, dons an Improved Outer Tactical Vest on Barksdale Air Force Base, La., July 30. The IOTV is just one of many pieces of equipment the 2 LRS mobility flight issues to deploying Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Andrew Moua)(RELEASED)
by Airman 1st Class Andrew Moua
2nd Bomb Wing Public Affairs
8/1/2012 - BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La.-- -- For Airmen about to deploy there are many things they must do before boarding the aircraft that takes them into the wild blue yonder. Tasks such as weapons issue, medical appointments and a gas mask fitting are just a few of the items on an Airmen's pre-deployment checklist.
The 2nd Logistics Readiness Squadron mobility flight is responsible for outfitting deploying Airmen, maintaining the equipment issued to them, and keeping track of a multitude of mission essential items.
"We're responsible for keeping track and issuing 12.6 million dollars worth of equipment that Barksdale's Airmen deploy with," said Senior Airman Taylor Leach, 2nd Logistics Readiness Squadron mobility flight. "We work with the Airman's unit deployment manager to make sure we're issuing out the right gear to the correct person."
The equipment Airmen bring with them on deployments largely depends on where they will be going and what they will be doing once they arrive at their deployed location.
"There are three different kits of equipment which are split into A, B and C bags; the A-bag includes a mess kit, sleeping bag, and first aid kit; B-bags have cold weather gear; and C-bags have your chemical defense gear such as a mission oriented protective posture suit and gas mask," said Tech. Sgt. Tommie Miers, 2 LRS mobility flight NCO in charge of individual protective equipment. "Airmen could possibly receive all three bags, depending on where they are headed and what they will be doing; it's really up to what is in their orders."
With all the gear and equipment the flight must issue, they must also manage all assets under their watch, which is not just limited to the 2nd Bomb Wing.
"As well as maintaining the 2nd Bomb Wing's equipment, we also watch over equipment from other squadrons," said Leach. "We have all the equipment on base, meaning we have equipment from the 307th Security Forces Squadron, 917th Fighter Group and Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers, also known as RED HORSE."
Having to watch over so many different squadron's gear would seem impossible but with the Mobility Inventory Control Accountability System, the flight ensures every helmet, weapon and mess kit is accounted for.
"The MICAS system helps us keep track of every single piece of equipment we have out there," said Miers. "It keeps track of what's been issued out and what is due to be turned in. Without it, I would say having to manually keep track of every piece of equipment would slow us down 75 percent, we'd have to revert to filing receipts and having to start scheduling when people can come in. If we had to do that Barksdale's mission could suffer."
Overall, the 2 LRS mobility flight ensures equipment is ready to be issued on the fly to deploying Airmen to complete their mission of supporting combatant commanders, anytime and anywhere.