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News | Aug. 1, 2022

Reserve, Active Duty partner to enhance unit readiness

By Michelle Gigante 919th Special Operations Wing

Working together with a worldwide expeditionary combat logistics squadron at one of Air Combat Command’s largest fighter wings is proving to be a cost-effective approach for both active duty and the 919th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron.

Several dozen members of the 919th SOLRS recently traveled to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia to train with the 633rd Logistics Readiness Squadron and the 710th Combat Operations Squadron Reserve component to integrate capabilities for their annual tour training.

“Our training entwines our leadership with theirs to report directly to them, while they are reporting directly to our commander,” said Senior Master Sgt. Brian Applegate, 919th SOLRS quality assurance manager. “We received tremendous support from the active duty while we were there.”

An Airman connects a “pantograph” hot-pit re-fueling vessel to an underground pipeline.
Senior Airman Jason Garcia, 919th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels management flight journeyman, connects a “pantograph” hot-pit re-fueling vessel to an underground pipeline that services the F-22 aircraft during live engine runs at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, July 12, 2022. This real-world opportunity provided refresher training for Garcia and his fellow Reservists. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jordan Harris)
An Airman connects a “pantograph” hot-pit re-fueling vessel to an underground pipeline.
Reserve, Active Duty partner to enhance unit readiness
Senior Airman Jason Garcia, 919th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels management flight journeyman, connects a “pantograph” hot-pit re-fueling vessel to an underground pipeline that services the F-22 aircraft during live engine runs at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, July 12, 2022. This real-world opportunity provided refresher training for Garcia and his fellow Reservists. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jordan Harris)
Photo By: Master Sgt. Jordan Harris
VIRIN: 220712-F-XXXXX-1001
The combined mission to operate together maintains readiness, continuity and expertise to augment the active-duty air operations center force. Additionally, the Reserve components of 919th SOLRS and 710th COS contribute their capabilities to plan, task, execute, and assess air power and space power for the air operations center.

“Our team embodied the training we received at Langley AFB and gathered significant education not available at Duke Field,” said Senior Airman Jason Garcia, 919th SOLRS fuels management flight mechanic.

Some of the specific projects the 919th SOLRS worked on to support their military counterparts included training on the storage and transfer of liquid oxygen utilized by pilots during flight; setting up a pantograph, a refueling mechanism used to service fighter jets while the jet engines are still running; conducted lab sampling to verify the quality of fuel received during a fuel delivery of approximately 700,000 gallons aboard a floating barge; and tested all emergency E-stops on fuel equipment, an action critical to the safety of Airmen and assets. 

A mechanic works on a hot-pit refueling vessel.
Staff Sergeant Luke Schick, 919th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels management flight mechanic, dismantles a helper cylinder on a 25K cargo loader during ad hoc training at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, July 19, 2022. The repair was one of almost a dozen repairs facilitated by the 919th SOLRS vehicle maintenance flight during their tour. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kenneth Jackson)
A mechanic works on a hot-pit refueling vessel.
Reserve, Active Duty partner to enhance unit readiness
Staff Sergeant Luke Schick, 919th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels management flight mechanic, dismantles a helper cylinder on a 25K cargo loader during ad hoc training at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, July 19, 2022. The repair was one of almost a dozen repairs facilitated by the 919th SOLRS vehicle maintenance flight during their tour. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kenneth Jackson)
Photo By: Tech. Sgt. Kenneth Jackson
VIRIN: 220719-F-XXXXX-1002

The training provided the hands-on experience with maintenance equipment and the opportunity to learn from other personnel in the career field, which otherwise would not be available without the joint effort. For many 919th SOLRS Airmen, this was also the first time to deploy in any kind of military fashion or ride on a military aircraft.

 “Working with the active duty has been extremely helpful and allowed us to teach each other skills from a variety of career fields,” said Garcia. “The tour has given me new experiences and training I can bring back [to Duke Field].”

 

Editor's note: The original story can be viewed on the 405th Army Field Support Brigade website.