HomeNewsArticle Display

Supply lines pumping, sorties rolling

OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM (AFPN) -- B-52 Stratofortresses keep rolling down the runway at a deployed location, carrying the fight and firepower to the Iraqi regime.

As the operators and maintainers of the 457th Air Expeditionary Group keep the Buffs flying, having parts and equipment at the ready is critical.

"The relationship between maintenance and supply is very important. We work hand in hand to make the mission happen," said Senior Master Sgt. Bill Bivins, production superintendent for the 5th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron.

Unlike the setup at home, this flightline supply element is configured for combat. The section is located right in the maintenance complex to get parts to aircraft without delay, according to flightline supply superintendent Master Sgt. Tracie Reece.

"We're right here with them. It makes it easy," she said. "They bring us the (request), it's processed, and the part is on its way to the aircraft -- all within the span of five minutes or less."

The supply section has more than $81 million of inventory ready for the fleet of Buffs deployed here. They replenish the inventory by reaching back to stateside depots or home station for replacements.

There are some parts or equipment not contained in the 1,795-piece inventory, Reece said. Additional items may be ordered direct from the depot. Requirements for aircraft engaged in combat operations, like B-52s, have top priority.

Reece and her comrades have had to stay on top of the in-country delivery process, setting up a supply computer system and making adjustments to accommodate the increasing number of incoming items.

"Getting the ... process rolling took a bit of ironing out, but now it's running great," Reese said. "Every day we find something we can improve on."

The large number of customers is demanding, according to Senior Airman Nichole Howard, one of two combat supply representatives here. A spirit of teamwork and camaraderie has emerged.

"There are 124 maintainers who can order parts and only two of us," Howard said. "They need the parts to keep the aircraft flying. I now see the bigger picture. I see how we have an essential role."

Instead, the availability of parts is immediate, and as the supply lines keep flowing, so do the sorties.

Engage

Facebook Twitter
To all those who helped establish the long blue line past, present and future, we honor you and we remember with th… https://t.co/teymF7proy
#ASC19: "We’re all in this together trying to make your service to country the best experience on the planet. We w… https://t.co/rdbCDBJr2c
#VCSAF Gen. Stephen Wilson speaks on what makes the #AirForce unique. #ASC19 https://t.co/gStwUZoaQC
RT @AFSpace: @AstroHague takes #aimhigh to the extreme by celebrating the @usairforce's birthday from the @Space_Station! #FrontiersofBlue
RT @VP: Happy 72nd birthday to the @usairforce! On behalf of a grateful nation, thank you to the amazing men and women of the Air Force for…
#ASC19: There's a challenge to maintain warfighting capabilities until new bombers and missiles arrive. Hear more f… https://t.co/SWB3VjNod8
#ASC19: Want to know which three acquisition trends #AirForce acquisition experts believe should "go viral?" Click… https://t.co/hsiH3oQXOX
RT @NSAGov: Happy Birthday to the @usairforce! For 72 years you've taught us to aim high. We look forward to continuing to fly, fight, and…
RT @AFGlobalStrike: The Air Force is celebrating 72 years of service, so here is 72 seconds of Global Strike Command! #USAFBday #ThisIs72 h…
Moments like this one between @GenDaveGoldfein and retired Col. Charles McGee remind us of where we've been as we f… https://t.co/LlhJhfdHQb
ICYMI: @ActingSecAF Matthew Donovan announced Sept. 16 at #ASC19 that the B-21 Raider is being produced in Northrop… https://t.co/XTsOnLwrTw
ICYMI: @ActingSecAF Matthew P. Donovan announced on Sept. 16 at #ASC19 that the Air Force’s all-new advanced traine… https://t.co/9MULuV7vFN
RT @USNavy: To be young again... #HappyBirthday, @usairforce! Congrats on 72 years playing a key role in the National Defense Strategy. He…
RT @USArmy: Join us in wishing the @usairforce a #happybirthday! They may have separated from the Army in 1947, but they have been trail br…
RT @ActingSecAF: Thanks @EsperDoD for speaking at @AirForceAssoc #ASC19 & chatting with our exceptional #Airmen who are dedicated to sharpe…
.@CMSAF18: Be a good human being... https://t.co/mxT3sLg4fp
.@CMSAF18: The RTP was a call to action for all of us to be leaders of conviction. Provide Airmen hope. Provide the… https://t.co/FEdmldGHXj
.@CMSAF18: Persistence, passion, perseverance. Being an #Airmen is tough. We must have grit in us. We can't quit wh… https://t.co/iPj3wRx0fl
.@CMSAF18: Lead with conviction, stand up for what you believe in.