By Staff Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
“Logistics is a very broad term, but it is extremely important.”
This is how Staff Sgt. Dionisio Bowen described the 50th Logistics Readiness Flight. As a logistics planner, also called “loggies,” he would know. He has been in the career field for more than nine years.
The 50 LRF’s mission is to conduct deployment planning, training and execution; base support planning, and logistics command and control in support of the Aerospace Expeditionary Force and Global Force Management construct. The flight performs logistics planning; manages the wing support agreements, mobility bags, deployment small-arms weapons, ammunition and transportation programs.
The 50 LRF mobility and weapons section provides equipment support to 50th Space Wing Airmen deploying to various locations, including Afghanistan and Djibouti, as well as those supporting the presidential inauguration.
“We provide them with anything that they may need for their deployment,” said Robert Ness, 50 LRF mobility and weapons section lead. “This may include body armor, plates, helmets, cold-weather gear and weapons.”
The 50th LRF not only supports 50 SW Airmen with their deployment missions, but also with training, weapons qualification, Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear and high-yield Explosives training as well as gas mask fielding. The mobility and weapons shop maintains more than 600 deployment bags, including A, B and C bags, 400 sets of body armor, 400 gas masks and 450-plus weapons.
While the shop arms the Airmen, the flight’s installation deployment readiness cell ensures they are ready for deployment. The IDRC serves as the technical advisors to the wing pertaining to logistics readiness and the AEF concept for deployments.
“Our section is a little unique; it’s a new concept,” Bowen said. “I work in a hybrid shop. We have other personnel such as personnelists, supply and more. It creates a one-stop shop for deployers. We have the personnel who ensure the taskings go out and we have logistics personnel who do the coordination of the deployments.”
Their main focus is performing logistics planning along with conducting deployment planning, training and execution for both real-world and local exercises in support of the AEF concept and combatant commanders down-range and abroad. They also train the unit deployment managers.
“Basically, we make sure all the deployers and the equipment are ready to meet their mission requirements downrange,” Bowen said. “As ‘loggies’ we directly contribute to making logistics happen. Logistics provide the foundation of our combat power and is a bridge that connects the United States economy to our expeditionary forces.”
As both sections deal with deployment, the cargo screening and transportation section protect the assets in the restricted area by screening all incoming freight and small parcels through the use of X-ray and chemical detectors.
“On a day-to-day basis, we process 150 to 200 small parcels and five to 10 pallets,” said Earl Owens, 50 LRF cargo screening and transportation supervisor.
Though the sections seem separated, they still assist each other. Every section at the 20-member flight supports other sections.
“We spend so much time learning other section’s jobs because we only have 20 people,” Owens said. “Everybody has to be able to step in.”
These supports may also include additional duties as well as helping with deployment lines, moving cargo and more.
According to David Collins, 50 LRF director, although the 50 LRF is designated as a flight, their mission is often performed at a squadron level operations tempo. Having been identified by AFSPC as deploying the third largest amount of personnel with the smallest deployment section, they set the pace for other like-type logistics readiness squadrons within the command.
“The military and civilian personnel within the 50 LRF are proud of the mission we support whether it’s training, equipping and deploying personnel downrange; capturing the savings to the installation in millions of dollars through agreements; ensuring our mission warfighters within the restricted area remain secure by screening all deliveries; ensuring accountability of hazardous materials present in work centers or entering the installation through contracts to finally meeting the clean-air act by providing an avenue for Schriever personnel to Ride-Share to and from work,” said Collins. “All of the 50 LRF missions are done to ensure that Team Schriever remains resilient now, and in the future.”