Logistics Plans - Ready and Prompt
By Senior Airman Samuel Becker
/ Published September 13, 2022
PATRICK SPACE FORCE BASE, Fla. --
Every year, members of the U.S. Air and Space Force deploy to locations all over the world in support of the National Defense Strategy. Behind the scenes is the 45th Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) Logistics Plans Office (LPO), who plays a crucial role in making sure everything goes smoothly for all deployments out of Space Launch Delta 45 (SLD 45).
“The Logistics Plans Office is where the program managers manage all deployment requirements for the installation,” said U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Mitchell Sapp, 45 Logistics Readiness Squadron Deployment & Distribution flight superintendent. “We ensure that all of the unit's requirements are met by the deadlines set to satisfy Combatant Commanders' (CCDR) criteria by working with the designated unit representatives known as Unit Deployment Managers (UDM).”
“Every unit has a UDM, and we help them make sure the deployers are ready to go ,said U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Eli Haley, 45 LRS non-commissioned officer In charge of plans and programs. We provide basic and ongoing training for them while we have contact with nearly every profession through them.”
Deployments in the form of taskings are transmitted through logistics plans before reaching the individual units to guarantee that the necessary personnel and equipment reach the appropriate Combatant Command (COCOM).
“We receive a tasking that can either be personnel or a cargo tasking, from the United States Space Force (USSF) or Air Force Material Command (AFMC),” said Sapp. “The units receive the task and prepare either Airmen and Guardians or cargo to deploy.”
Sapp continued to say that cargo is prioritized and delivered in accordance with that priority. Installation Personnel Readiness (IPR) will check all personnel items and guarantee that all supplies are available to the members.
“Our office works directly with medical, security forces, legal, civil engineering, and other delta agencies to formulate a process,” said Haley. “Out-processing for a deployment is almost like a Permanent Change of Station (PCS), which shows how many organizations have a part in the deployment process.”
“The most difficult part of the job is ensuring all members deploy to the right place at the right time,” said Haley. “There is a chain of actions required, and the Installation Deployment Readiness Cell (IDRC) has to plan logistically to ensure Airmen and Guardians can safely arrive and depart.”
Logistic Plan’s job doesn't end after Airmen and Guardians have deployed, they also set up shop downrange in the form of a Reception Deployment Function (RDF) for large groups of inbound deployers.
“This function serves to track and in-process every inbound member to the base as well as set them up with the unit they will be assigned to,” Said U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Nyisha Glenn, 45 LRS non-commissioned officer in charge of deployment execution. “It’s essentially a one stop shop for both unit leaders to track and welcome their newest members to their squadron, setting them up billeting, and acquiring gear.”
While managing all incoming Airmen and Guardians downrange, Logistic Plans also coordinate the movement of deployed personnel back to their home station.
“One way we do this is by determining when their replacement should arrive to ensure there is enough time for turnover,” said Glenn. “It’s imperative that we figure out exactly when the currently deployed member must leave the Area of Responsibility (AOR) so that they do not overstay.”
The logistic plans office plays a crucial role at Space Launch Delta 45, keeping us prepared to carry out our work both domestically and internationally thanks to their knowledge and expertise.