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CAPS does its part, keeps CENTCOM In the fight

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  • By Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes
  • 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs

Quick access to spare engines, batteries, C-130 wheels or just an O-ring on a gas gauge could save time, money, and maybe even lives downrange. The Consolidated Aircraft Part Store is where more than 18 thousand sorties per year gain their support.

Having more than 390 thousand items in stock daily makes the airmen of the 379th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron consolidated aircraft parts store valuable assets on the Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar flight line. They are crucial to storing and issuing parts to maintain six different airframes, to include the KC-135 Stratotanker, C-130 Hercules, and the B-1 Bomber. 

“We validate everything daily that is in the warehouse to ensure nothing is missing and serviceable; all the documents that go to our customers are pulled and verified. We also do location checks on specific parts customers call for,” said Staff Sgt. Alan Nadal, 379th ELRS.

Ensuring that the correct parts are available is vital to the CAPS team. Their facility is manned 24 hours a day seven days a week managing $138 million dollars of aircraft parts and supplies. Their stockage effectiveness rate is at 89 percent with an issue field rate of 93 percent.   

Nadal said these numbers aren’t bad and are getting better, considering the hundreds of aircraft that launch in and out of the base. He also mentioned the great team of airmen he has to complete the day to day operations.

“The CAPS shop separates tasks throughout the warehouse to work effectively from pulling parts, consolidating benched stocks; parts that have either meet their shelf life or unserviceable, also shipping parts to other bases in the AOR and first-hand customer support here on station to our maintainers,” said Nadal. “But coming in everyday and working with these airmen is the best part and makes this deployment a great experience.”

With a rise in operations tempo and the amount of airpower supporting our allies, it is positive reassurance knowing that there is a place open 24/7 that will keep our aircraft flying, ground equipment working, cargo delivered, patients transported and the mission rocking.