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CAPS does its part, keeps CENTCOM In the fight

Senior Airman Joshua Louis, 379th Expeditionary Logistics Squadron consolidated aircraft parts store, locates aircraft parts that are considered out of date or that needs to be repaired as part of a daily inventory May 21, 2015 at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.  Louis is a native from Cleveland, Ohio and deployed out of Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

Senior Airman Joshua Louis, 379th Expeditionary Logistics Squadron consolidated aircraft parts store, locates aircraft parts that are considered out of date or that needs to be repaired as part of a daily inventory May 21, 2015 at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Louis is a native from Cleveland, Ohio and deployed out of Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

Senior Airman Joshua Louis, 379th Expeditionary Logistics Squadron consolidated aircraft parts store, locates aircraft parts that are considered out of date or that need to be repaired as part of a daily inventory May 21, 2015 at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Louis is a native from Cleveland, Ohio and deployed out of Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

Senior Airman Joshua Louis, 379th Expeditionary Logistics Squadron consolidated aircraft parts store, locates aircraft parts that are considered out of date or that need to be repaired as part of a daily inventory May 21, 2015 at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Louis is a native from Cleveland, Ohio and deployed out of Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

Senior Airman Jennifer Branch, 379th Expeditionary Logistics Squadron consolidated aircraft parts store, checks a  virtual inventory  for bench stocks to give customers correct info on their requested parts May 21, 2015 at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Branch is a native from Kansas City, Missouri and deployed out of Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

Senior Airman Jennifer Branch, 379th Expeditionary Logistics Squadron consolidated aircraft parts store, checks a virtual inventory for bench stocks to give customers correct info on their requested parts May 21, 2015 at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Branch is a native from Kansas City, Missouri and deployed out of Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

Staff Sgt. Alan Nadal, 379th Expeditionary Logistics Squadron consolidated aircraft parts store, is the noncommissioned officer in charge of the consolidated aircraft parts store here at Al Udeid Air Base. CAPS stores and distributes aircraft parts to maintain six different airframes, and supports several Air Mobility Units as well as delivers to forward operating bases in the AOR. Nadal is a native from Sparks, Nevada and deployed out of Aviano Air Base, Italy. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

Staff Sgt. Alan Nadal, 379th Expeditionary Logistics Squadron consolidated aircraft parts store, is the noncommissioned officer in charge of the consolidated aircraft parts store here at Al Udeid Air Base. CAPS stores and distributes aircraft parts to maintain six different airframes, and supports several Air Mobility Units as well as delivers to forward operating bases in the AOR. Nadal is a native from Sparks, Nevada and deployed out of Aviano Air Base, Italy. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

Airman 1st Class Lindsey McAlpin and Staff Sgt. Alan Nadal, 379th Expeditionary Logistics Squadron consolidated aircraft parts store, consolidate aircraft parts for shipment to a forward operating base May 21, 2015 at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

Airman 1st Class Lindsey McAlpin and Staff Sgt. Alan Nadal, 379th Expeditionary Logistics Squadron consolidated aircraft parts store, consolidate aircraft parts for shipment to a forward operating base May 21, 2015 at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

Airman 1st Class Lindsey McAlpin, 379th Expeditionary Logistics Squadron consolidated aircraft parts store, prepares an aircraft part for shipment to a forward operating base May 21, 2015 at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. McAlpin is a native from Phenix City, Alabama and deployed out of Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

Airman 1st Class Lindsey McAlpin, 379th Expeditionary Logistics Squadron consolidated aircraft parts store, prepares an aircraft part for shipment to a forward operating base May 21, 2015 at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. McAlpin is a native from Phenix City, Alabama and deployed out of Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

Senior Airman Jesse Guapi, 379th Expeditionary Logistics Squadron consolidated aircraft parts store, locates a specific aircraft part for an aircraft mechanic inside the consolidated aircraft parts store warehouse May 21, 2015 at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Guapi is a native from Baltimore, Maryland and deployed out of Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

Senior Airman Jesse Guapi, 379th Expeditionary Logistics Squadron consolidated aircraft parts store, locates a specific aircraft part for an aircraft mechanic inside the consolidated aircraft parts store warehouse May 21, 2015 at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Guapi is a native from Baltimore, Maryland and deployed out of Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Alexandre Montes)

AL UDEID AIR BASE, QATAR --

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.