TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida —
The 325th Logistics Readiness Squadron Personal Protective Equipment Flight provides combat-ready support and operational readiness by helping Airmen prepare for deployments, training and TDYs.
IPE Flight maintains and issues protective equipment to Airmen, monitors expiration dates, coordinates disinfection, and ensures adequate supplies and proper handover procedures.
“Customers come for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) deployments [gear] and annual training,” said Senior Airman Caron Edouard, mobility specialist for the 325th LRS IPE. “We provide them with the clothing sizes they need, like coats and pants.”
The IPE flight also delivers prepackaged kit bags. Mobility specialists prepare kits with the necessary items, which may include a chemical protective vest, pants, gloves, boot covers, gas mask, sling belt and canteen. Other items the IPE can issue also include security forces armored vests and plates, weapons, cold weather gear, sleeping bags and more.
“Different squadrons have different formations and [IPE] distributes their material because our stock is more abundant,” said Edouard.
This mobility at Tyndall has a direct impact on efforts at TDY sites across the country and emergency operations overseas.
“We help keep the deployment pipeline running smoothly,” said Master Sgt. Kenneth Walker, 325th LRS PEI Mobility Supervisor. “It is possible that the (deployment location) does not have all the required equipment and Airmen have had to make multiple stops at different facilities in the past.”
From a logistical perspective, maintaining and organizing a solid supply out of home station reduces lost or misplaced equipment downstream. Controlling the issue process also helps the Wing and higher headquarters save money, since the Air Force does not continually fund replacement equipment.
The IPE Flight works together to effectively support missions both at home and abroad by providing essential equipment and ensuring service members are ready to fight.
“We see everyone on base,” Walker said. “I love that we are Airmen taking care of Airmen.”