Members of the 445th Logistics Readiness Squadron supply shop have been working overtime in the last few months to ensure that all 445th Airlift Wing Airmen have the uniforms and supplies needed to perform training and deployment missions.
As members of the wing conducted training throughout the year, the LRS supply shop provided all supplies and gear needed.
LRS ensures deploying Airmen have the required uniforms and specialty equipment.
Inside the warehouse is a highly organized uniform distribution system that rivals any department store. The Airmen take pride in their work space and manage the wing’s uniforms with utter care and efficiency.
Master Sgt. Mark Reel, the shop’s logistics supply manager, is proud of the way his team has banded together during an extremely busy time.
“The LRS supply shop has done a tremendous job working together with deployers and unit deployment managers during the recent deployment window,” he said.
For deployers, the shop fills suitcases with needed uniform items such as Army Combat Uniforms (ACUs) or Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCPs), cold weather gear, wet weather gear, patches, rank, and either regular or steel-toed boots. The list is not exhaustive and needs to be catered to each individual Airman depending on Air Force Specialty Code, uniform size, and deployment location.
“Airmen assigned here have exemplary enforced supply discipline. We set up a basis of issue with clear reporting instructions to provide everyone the needed amount of uniforms and equipment items,” said Reel.
During the current deployment window, the Airmen handled more than 10,000 pieces of equipment and are preparing for the upcoming Air Force-wide adoption of the new uniforms.
In a surprise visit, Chief Master Sgt. Paul Stewart, 445th AW command chief, congratulated the shop’s Airmen for the excellent and seamless job they performed to ensure 445th deployers are taken care of. Chief Stewart coined Reel and his shop as a token of gratitude.