News | Aug. 10, 2018

48th LRS enables IAS mission

By Airman 1st Class Christopher S. Sparks 48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Over 280 Airmen and 14 F-15C/D Eagles from the 493rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron deployed to Keflavik Air Base, Iceland in support of the Icelandic Air Surveillance mission, NATO alliance commitments and training. 

The operation promotes regional stability and security, while fostering partner capabilities and strengthening trust with Iceland. The U.S. presence serves as a symbol of reassurance to European allies of its commitment to peace and regional security. 

The 48th Logistics Readiness Squadron tackled the challenge of delivering the aircraft and equipment required to execute the IAS mission. Without the proper equipment and aircraft, the 493rd EFS could not deliver this regional security.

“We move the wing,” said Airman 1st Class Dane Johnson, 48th Logistics Readiness Squadron air transportation journeyman. “If anyone wants to deploy or go on temporary duty, they go through us.” 

However, the task wasn’t as simple as loading up cargo and flying it over to Iceland. The process required different components within LRS to work together. 

Logistics planners began coordinating and distributing directives months before movement and operations. The team closely followed Department of Defense directives to ensure all transported equipment arrives in compliance with the customs policy of Iceland.

Missions such as IAS help LRS Airmen maintain currency and training requirements essential to readiness standards. If shipping regulations are not met, the shipment will be rejected, resulting in a detrimental operational delay of the mission.

Once the planning stage was completed, Airmen assigned to the Cargo Deployment Function of LRS, also known as the CDF, immediately started coordinating and sequencing all cargo coming through their facility to transport to Iceland within a two-day period. It was then shipped to an advance team comprised of 48th LRS Airmen waiting at Keflavik Air Base to receive it. 

Successful international operations like these are a testament to the cooperative efforts and enduring relationship between the U.S., allies and partner nations. The 48th LRS plays an important role in those operations by ensuring Airmen have what they need, when they need it.


Editor's note: The original story can be viewed on the Royal Air Force Lakenheath website.