AF readiness for global combat power

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U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby
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DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz.— The 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron logistics planners, a shop of 14 Airmen, coordinate and direct Airmen and cargo from Davis-Monthan.

They control and direct everything having to do with the process of deployments and exercises in order to support operations around the globe.

“We may be small, but we have a very big impact,” said Airman 1st Class Joice Dominguez, 355th LRS logistics planner. “We’re the focal point. We just kind of put everybody together.”

This year the logistics planners, also known as “loggies,” have deployed approximately 1,000 personnel and 40 percent of that happened this past July. Of that 40 percent, four units were supporting OPERATION INHERENT RESOLVE, furthering the Air Force’s mission to fly, fight and win in air, space and cyberspace.

July is the first month of the P2 band, D-M’s largest deployment window.

The loggies have also coordinated four exercises, one of them being Green Flag-West, a joint exercise between the U.S. Army, Marine Corps and Air Force, administered by the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center.

D-M’s personnel not only play a hand in exercises and operations, but they support five combatant commands, implementing their global effect.

“We support the fight,” said Staff Sgt. Brian Bober, 355th LRS NCO in charge of deployments. “We deploy personnel to the areas of responsibility, we make sure the A-10 pilots and maintainers and all the support personnel get the proper training for real-world missions.”

The key to being a logistics planner is coordinating, making them crucial to generate priorities of supporting combat air power and agile combat support.

The Airmen act as the nucleus of the cell, controlling how things happen by correlating with all agencies from unit deployment managers to air transportation, to get deployments in motion and personnel out the door.

Whether it’s a deployment, exercise or making sure that D-M is ready for any given scenario, the loggies are prone to readiness to fulfill the mission.

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