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81st LRS aids 403rd Wing with deployment

Keesler personnel rest while in-processing for deployment at the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility Jan. 8, 2018, on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. Members of the 403rd Wing make preparations for an upcoming deployment to an undisclosed location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Keesler personnel rest while in-processing for deployment at the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility Jan. 8, 2018, on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. Members of the 403rd Wing make preparations for an upcoming deployment to an undisclosed location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Staff Sgt. Carolmesha Stewart, 81st Logistics Readiness Squadron passenger travel processor, in-processes Keesler personnel for deployment at the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility Jan. 8, 2018, on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. Members of the 403rd Wing make preparations for an upcoming deployment to an undisclosed location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Staff Sgt. Carolmesha Stewart, 81st Logistics Readiness Squadron passenger travel processor, in-processes Keesler personnel for deployment at the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility Jan. 8, 2018, on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. Members of the 403rd Wing make preparations for an upcoming deployment to an undisclosed location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Tech. Sgt. Sabrina Martin, 81st Logistics Readiness Squadron personal property passenger travel NCO in charge, weighs carry-on luggage as Keesler personnel in process for deployment at the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility Jan. 8, 2018, on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. Members of the 403rd Wing make preparations for an upcoming deployment to an undisclosed location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Tech. Sgt. Sabrina Martin, 81st Logistics Readiness Squadron personal property passenger travel NCO in charge, weighs carry-on luggage as Keesler personnel in process for deployment at the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility Jan. 8, 2018, on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. Members of the 403rd Wing make preparations for an upcoming deployment to an undisclosed location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

An Air Force deployment hat rests on luggage as Keesler personnel in process for deployment at the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility Jan. 8, 2018, on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. Members of the 403rd Wing make preparations for an upcoming deployment to an undisclosed location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

An Air Force deployment hat rests on luggage as Keesler personnel in process for deployment at the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility Jan. 8, 2018, on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. Members of the 403rd Wing make preparations for an upcoming deployment to an undisclosed location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Tech. Sgt. Sabrina Martin, 81st Logistics Readiness Squadron personal property passenger travel NCO in charge, briefs on anti- hijacking safety procedures to Keesler personnel as they in process for deployment at the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility Jan. 8, 2018, on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. Members of the 403rd Wing make preparations for an upcoming deployment to an undisclosed location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Tech. Sgt. Sabrina Martin, 81st Logistics Readiness Squadron personal property passenger travel NCO in charge, briefs on anti- hijacking safety procedures to Keesler personnel as they in process for deployment at the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility Jan. 8, 2018, on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. Members of the 403rd Wing make preparations for an upcoming deployment to an undisclosed location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Tech. Sgt. Sabrina Martin, 81st Logistics Readiness Squadron personal property passenger travel NCO in charge, briefs on anti- hijacking safety procedures to Keesler personnel as they in process for deployment at the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility Jan. 8, 2018, on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. Members of the 403rd Wing make preparations for an upcoming deployment to an undisclosed location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Tech. Sgt. Sabrina Martin, 81st Logistics Readiness Squadron personal property passenger travel NCO in charge, briefs on anti- hijacking safety procedures to Keesler personnel as they in process for deployment at the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility Jan. 8, 2018, on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. Members of the 403rd Wing make preparations for an upcoming deployment to an undisclosed location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Lt. Col. Keith Gibson, 746th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron commander, verifies and completes his deployment organizational paperwork at the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility Jan. 5, 2018, on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. Members of the 403rd Wing make preparations for an upcoming deployment to an undisclosed location. (U.S. Air Force photo by André Askew)

Lt. Col. Keith Gibson, 746th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron commander, verifies and completes his deployment organizational paperwork at the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility Jan. 5, 2018, on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. Members of the 403rd Wing make preparations for an upcoming deployment to an undisclosed location. (U.S. Air Force photo by André Askew)

Tech. Sgt. Tomika Strong, 81st Logistics Readiness Squadron personal property passenger travel NCO in charge, in-processes Keesler personnel for deployment at the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility Jan. 8, 2018, on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. Members of the 403rd Wing make preparations for an upcoming deployment to an undisclosed location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

Tech. Sgt. Tomika Strong, 81st Logistics Readiness Squadron personal property passenger travel NCO in charge, in-processes Keesler personnel for deployment at the Roberts Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Facility Jan. 8, 2018, on Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. Members of the 403rd Wing make preparations for an upcoming deployment to an undisclosed location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. --

The 81st Logistics Readiness Squadron enabled approximately 150 403rd Wing Airmen to deploy in support of operations Freedom’s Sentinel and Inherent Resolve early January.

“My staff and I were responsible for ensuring personnel and equipment processed quickly and efficiently to meet the needs of the combatant commander,” said Master Sgt. Andrea Penn, 81st LRS plans and integration section chief.

Assigned to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing based at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, aircrew from the 815th Airlift Squadron, maintainers from the 803rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and support personnel from the 403rd Wing will provide airlift, airdrop and aeromedical evacuation support to operations throughout the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.

To make sure every Airman was prepared for the deployment, the 81st LRS set up a deployment processing line designed to quickly process a large number of people at once.

“A deployment processing line entails pre-deployment briefings, final eligibility checks, issue of deployment orders, last minute personnel services and passenger manifesting just to name a few things,” said Penn.

This process is ideal in large scale operations rather than each Airman individually out-processing which could take days, according to Penn.

Although this process is ideal, the 81st LRS had to overcome a few challenges.

“Because of the complexity and the different people involved with different functions, the communication and coordination is very difficult,” said Lt. Col. Melissa Rativa, 81st LRS commander. “You are on a timeline you can’t bust; the Airmen that deployed had to be down range at a certain time and the aircraft had to be there at a certain time. It was all driven on a time requirement.”

The 81st LRS and the 403rd LRS work together in other areas, but this was the first time since Rativa has been at Keesler where they worked together on a joint deployment.

“Because we haven’t done it before, there were areas we had to work through and get better at,” said Rativa. “The hardest part was because we didn’t have that type of experience doing a joint deployment together.”

This was a an example of the 81st LRS and 403rd Wing working together to demonstrate total force readiness

“We see our job as making sure they have everything they need,” said Rativa. “We make sure they’re prepped, have the equipment and training they need to hit the ground and get the mission done.”