AF readiness for global combat power

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Joice Dominguez and Dejah Grant, 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron logistics planners, communicate on deployment details at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug. 18, 2016. The logistics planners deploy Airmen in support of five combatant commands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Joice Dominguez and Dejah Grant, 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron logistics planners, communicate on deployment details at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug. 18, 2016. The logistics planners deploy Airmen in support of five combatant commands. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Corina Delgado, 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron logistics planner, responds to an incoming call at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug. 16, 2016. In the year of 2016, the 355th LRS logistics planners have deployed approximately 1,000 personnel and have deployed roughly forty percent of that within this past July, resulting in 422 personnel and 3.7 tons of cargo.  (U.S. Air Force photo Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Corina Delgado, 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron logistics planner, responds to an incoming call at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug. 16, 2016. In the year of 2016, the 355th LRS logistics planners have deployed approximately 1,000 personnel and have deployed roughly forty percent of that within this past July, resulting in 422 personnel and 3.7 tons of cargo. (U.S. Air Force photo Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby)

U.S. Staff Sgt. Brian Bober, 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron NCO in charge of deployments, checks his email at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug. 16, 2016. Logistics planners are responsible for supervising deployments, redeployments and maintaining a close relationship between operations, logistics and support organizations to enhance support of the combat mission and develop crisis action procedures. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby)

U.S. Staff Sgt. Brian Bober, 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron NCO in charge of deployments, checks his email at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Aug. 16, 2016. Logistics planners are responsible for supervising deployments, redeployments and maintaining a close relationship between operations, logistics and support organizations to enhance support of the combat mission and develop crisis action procedures. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby)

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- The 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron logistics planners, a shop of 14 Airmen, coordinate and direct Airmen and cargo from D-M.

They control and direct everything having to do with the process of deployments and exercises in order to support operations around the globe.

“We may be small, but we have a very big impact,” said Airman 1st Class Joice Dominguez, 355th LRS logistics planner. “We’re the focal point. We just kind of put everybody together.”

This year the logistics planners, also known as “loggies,” have deployed approximately 1,000 personnel and forty percent of that happened this past July. Of that forty percent, four units were supporting OPERATION INHERENT RESOLVE, furthering the Air Force’s mission to fly, fight and win in air, space and cyberspace.

July is the first month of the P2 band, D-M’s largest deployment window.

The loggies have also coordinated four exercises, one of them being Green Flag-West, a joint exercise between the U.S. Army, Marine Corps and Air Force, administered by the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center.

D-M’s personnel not only play a hand in exercises and operations, but they support five combatant commands, implementing their global effect.

“We support the fight,” said Staff Sgt. Brian Bober, 355th LRS NCO in charge of deployments. “We deploy personnel to the areas of responsibility, we make sure the A-10 pilots and maintainers and all the support personnel get the proper training for real-world missions.”

The key of being a logistics planner is coordinating, making them crucial to generate priorities of supporting combat air power and agile combat support.

The Airmen act as the nucleus of the cell, controlling how things happen by correlating with all agencies from Unit Deployment Managers to the Air Transportation to get deployments in motion and personnel out the door.

Whether it’s a deployment, exercise or making sure that D-M is ready for any given scenario, the loggies are prone to readiness to fulfill the mission.