Locked and Loaded

Airmen wait to process through IPEE

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 355th Wing wait to process through the 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron Individual Protective Equipment Element during Exercise Bushwhacker 19-08 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, Nov. 2, 2019. These Airmen participated in exercise Bushwhacker 19-08 to help build a more lethal, resilient and rapidly innovative force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cheyenne A. Powers)

Airmen are briefed

U.S. Air Force Airman Frank Ellison, 355th Force Support Squadron customer support technician, briefs Airmen from the 355th Wing as they prepare for weapons issue during exercise Bushwhacker 19-08 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, Nov. 2, 2019. The 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron Individual Protective Equipment Element issues equipment that allows the 355th Wing to remain adaptive and ready to respond at a moment's notice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cheyenne A. Powers)

Airmen wait at weapons issue

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 355th Wing prepare to recieve equipment during Exercisie Bushwhacker 19-08 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, Nov. 1, 2019. The 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron Individual Protective Equipment Element issues equipment that allows the 355th Wing to rapidly deploy in support of the Dynamic Wing concept. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob T. Stephens)

Airmen sign into IPEE

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 355th Wing sign into the 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron Individual Protective Equipment Element during Exercise Bushwhacker 19-08 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, Nov. 2, 2019. Airmen recieved equipment for a simulated deployment in support of the Dynamic Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob T. Stephens)

Airmen receives M-16

John Pratt, 355th Wing armorer, issues an M-16 rifle to an Airman from the 355th Wing during Exercise Bushwhacker 19-08 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, Nov. 1, 2019. The 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron Individual Protective Equipment Element issues equipment that allows the 355th Wing to rapidly deploy in support of the Dynamic Wing concept. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob T. Stephens)

Airman prepares to deploy

A U.S. Air Force Airman assigned to the 355th Wing prepares to leave on a simulated deployment during Exercise Bushwhacker 19-08 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, Nov. 2, 2019. The 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron Individual Protective Equipment Element issued Airmen equipment for a simulated deployment as Davis-Monthan continues proving the Dynamic Wing concept. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cheyenne A. Powers)

Airman prepares to deploy

A U.S. Air Force Airman assigned to the 355th Wing prepares to leave on a simulated deployment during Exercise Bushwhacker 19-08 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, Nov. 2, 2019. The Airman participated in Bushwhacker 19-08, an exercise that is enabling Davis-Monthan to lead the Air Force in dynamic force employment and operational readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob T. Stephens)

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz --

The Airmen of the 355th Wing are committed to readiness and maintaining the ability to deploy at a moment's notice. The individual Protective Equipment Element, assigned to the 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron's material management flight, keeps them ready.

The IPEE has a significant impact on the wing’s ability to stay geared up and lethal. They store, maintain and issue equipment required to support real world deployments, as well as do recurring training to include chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear defense training and combat arms training and maintenance qualification training.

"We have touchpoints with almost every Airmen on base," said Andrew Reisz, 355th LRS IPE Supervisor. "Our team enables commanders downrange to fulfill their mission by sending Airmen with all the necessary equipment in a timely manner."

The IPEE is responsible for an $18 million IPE account with roughly 415 thousand assets and a $1 million weapons account. Within the last fiscal year, they have issued over 43 thousand pieces of equipment to over 1,300 deploying personnel. These Airmen have deployed to 28 various locations in support of several different combat and humanitarian operations.

"We have a direct impact on the wing’s mission because without getting gear out in a timely manner then we can’t have the warfighters downrange when we need them," said Staff Sgt. Davin Richardson, 355th LRS IPE Supervisor. "Without giving out the proper gear, we can’t ensure that Airmen downrange have the best chance to come back to us. We impact the wing and the Air Force as a whole by doing our best to bring Airmen back safely."

The IPEE has a significant role in keeping the dynamic wing in a state of readiness. Their mission enables Airmen to rapidly deploy by shortening turnaround time.

The Airmen of the 355th LRS, more specifically the IPEE, are committed to constantly becoming more efficient to increase the readiness and lethality of Davis-Monthan.