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COVID-19 can’t stop 50th Logistics Readiness Flight’s mission

The 50th Logistics Readiness Flight now contains much more floor space in the LRF Warehouse than it had in the past after a four-month long process on Jan. 16, 2020. With the updates, LRF warehouse is now meeting the wing’s mission of being mission ready. Also, we’re Air Force Instruction guidelines [U.S. Air Force photo by Marcus Hill]

The 50th Logistics Readiness Flight optimized the space in its warehouse Jan. 16, 2020 to allow several Airmen conduct a deployment inventory retrieve required equipment. On April 3 and 8, 50th Contracting Squadron used the warehouse to distribute medical supplies to battle COVID-19. [U.S. Air Force photo by Marcus Hill]

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

As COVID-19 continues to alter workflow and life at Schriever Air Force Base, the 50th Logistics Readiness Flight works to ensure the safety of the base and to assist Airmen in completing their missions.  

The 50th LRF normally provides support through deployment and training notifications as well as final out-processing actions. They also issue and track critical mobility readiness equipment for deployers including weapons and mobility bags.

On March 25, though, the Pentagon halted overseas travel for military members for 60 days to slow the spread of COVID-19. The halt previously expected to end May 11 but was extended to June 30.

The order altered part of the 50th LRF’s mission and affected about 35 Schriever Airmen.  Much of the 50th LRF’s mission, however, remained intact.  

“[The Department of Defense] directed stop-movement on all [outside continental U.S.] deployments; however, downrange [combatant commands] may approve exceptions to policy movements on a case-by-case basis,” said David Collins, 50th LRF director. “Tasked deployers will continue pre-deployment actions/training in order to be prepared to move upon termination of the current stop-movement or approved exceptions to policy. 

“If pre-deployment training involves [temporary duty travel] to another location, deployers are required to comply with applicable reporting instructions and/or quarantine requirements at both the forward location as well as for returning to home station or to their port of embarkation.”

Collins said the “workload has actually increased” as they continue to advise commanders on actions required for deployed Airmen during the 60-day stop-movement order.     

“[Airmen] can’t just get on an airplane and move to their final destination,” said Cynthia Shuff, 50th LRF assistant installation deployment officer. “Deployment taskings are still coming in and out, so we still have to send any changes to commanders. We’ve had to notify all the deployers who still have to do deployment training. They still have to do their [chemical] warfare training and their pre-deployment training, their firing and more.”

While 50th LRF completed its own mission, it also assisted 50th Contracting Squadron earlier this month. On April 3 and 8, the 50th CONS used 50th LRF’s warehouse to distribute cleaning supplies to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“You can always count on the 50th LRF to continue support for the mission during normal day-to-day operations, or adjust to the unknown,” Collins said. “What we provide to the installation is vital – just ask those personnel who received the critical mission items they ordered, or the deployer who received all of their readiness equipment to protect them in a hostile environment.”

The 50th LRF plans to assist 50th CONS in future medical item distributions during COVID-19.

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