First stop on the Road to War

A 355th Force Support Squadron Airman ensures an Exercise Bushwhacker 19-08 participant has everything needed to deploy from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, Oct. 31, 2019. Every Airmen's ability to rapidly deploy is validated at the personnel deployment function line. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Blake Gonzales)

A 355th Force Support Squadron Airman ensures an Exercise Bushwhacker 19-08 participant has everything needed to deploy from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, Oct. 31, 2019. Every Airmen's ability to rapidly deploy is validated at the personnel deployment function line. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Blake Gonzales)

355th Force Support Squadron Airmen process participants in Exercise Bushwhacker 19-08 through a personnel deployment function line at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, Oct. 31, 2019. The personnel deployment function line is a streamlined process that helps Airmen rapidly deploy in support of the Dynamic Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Blake Gonzales)

355th Force Support Squadron Airmen process participants in Exercise Bushwhacker 19-08 through a personnel deployment function line at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, Oct. 31, 2019. The personnel deployment function line is a streamlined process that helps Airmen rapidly deploy in support of the Dynamic Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Blake Gonzales)

Senior Airman Angel Akino, 355th Force Support Squadron fitness apprentice, issues out Meals Ready to Eat at the end of the personnel deployment function line for Exercise Bushwhacker 19-08 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, Cct. 31, 2019. The personnel deployment function line is a streamlined process that helps Airmen rapidly deploy in support of the Dynamic Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Blake Gonzales)

Senior Airman Angel Akino, 355th Force Support Squadron fitness apprentice, issues out Meals Ready to Eat at the end of the personnel deployment function line for Exercise Bushwhacker 19-08 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, Cct. 31, 2019. The personnel deployment function line is a streamlined process that helps Airmen rapidly deploy in support of the Dynamic Wing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Blake Gonzales)

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. --

The 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron processed deploying personnel through the Personnel Deployment Function line in support of Exercise Bushwhacker 19-08 at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, Nov. 1, 2019.

The PDF line issues chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear equipment; processes Airmen through personnel systems; validates medical and financial readiness; ensures they have all the documents needed to deploy; and provides three Meals Ready to Eat on their way to the high-end fight.

"The Personnel Deployment Function is a streamlined process to get deployers out the door quickly and still maintain integrity on equipment and qualifications needed to complete their mission down-range," said 2nd Lt. Michael Asuncion, 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron section commander.

The PDF line ensures Airmen receive briefs from Finance, Public Health, Security Forces and Personnel, validating their readiness right before they depart to any environment the Dynamic Wing requires.

"If the PDF line did not process the deployers, they would each need to schedule an appointment or do a walk-in for each entity to satisfy the deployment requirements," said Asuncion.

Roughly 90 personnel were processed in support of the exercise within the first two chalks. Over 300 personnel are participating in the exercise.

The PDF line is key to the pre-deployment process, streamlining readiness while DM’s Airmen focus on mission success.