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332nd ELRS loads MRAPs onto C-17

Tech. Sgt. Josiah Bourke, 332nd Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron air transportation specialist, secures a mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle with chains for transportation onto a C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia March 7, 2018.

Tech. Sgt. Josiah Bourke, 332nd Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron air transportation specialist, secures a mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle with chains for transportation onto a C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia March 7, 2018. MRAPs were designed to provide protection against explosions and blasts from underneath. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Krystal Wright)

Tech. Sgt. Josiah Bourke, 332nd Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron air transportation specialist, secures a mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle with chains for transportation onto a C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia March 7, 2018.

Tech. Sgt. Josiah Bourke, 332nd Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron air transportation specialist, secures a mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle with chains for transportation onto a C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia March 7, 2018. The C-17 from the 315th Airlift Command stationed at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Krystal Wright)

Mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles are loaded onto a C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia March 7, 2018.

Mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles are loaded onto a C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia March 7, 2018. MRAPS are able to provide protection for service members against roadside threats like improvised devices and mines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Krystal Wright)

Pallets of supplies are unloaded from a C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia March 7, 2018.

Pallets of supplies are unloaded from a C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia March 7, 2018. The C-17 is able to rapidly deliver troops and all types of cargo to deployed locations and support a range of missions to include aeromedical evacuations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Krystal Wright)

Mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles are loaded onto a C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia March 7, 2018.

Mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles are loaded onto a C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia March 7, 2018. MRAPS are able to provide protection for services members against roadside threats like improvised devices and mines. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Krystal Wright)

Tech. Sergeants Josiah Bourke and Nick Akins, 332nd Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron air transportation specialists, secure mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles for transportation onto a C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia March 7, 2018.

Tech. Sergeants Josiah Bourke and Nick Akins, 332nd Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron air transportation specialists, secure mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles for transportation onto a C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia March 7, 2018. MRAPs were designed to provide protection against explosions and blasts from underneath. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Krystal Wright)

Tech. Sgt. Josiah Bourke, 332nd Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron air transportation specialist, secures a mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle with chains for transportation onto a C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia March 7, 2018.

Tech. Sgt. Josiah Bourke, 332nd Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron air transportation specialist, secures a mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle with chains for transportation onto a C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia March 7, 2018. The C-17 from the 315th Airlift Command stationed at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Krystal Wright)

Members of the 332nd Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron upload pallets of supplies from a C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia March 7, 2018.

Members of the 332nd Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron upload pallets of supplies from a C-17 Globemaster III at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia March 7, 2018. The C-17 is assigned to the 315th Airlift Command at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Krystal Wright)

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Air transportation specialists with the 332nd Expeditionary Logistic Readiness Squadron fulfills an important role in military missions by loading, unloading, and preparing supplies and equipment for transportation.

 

On March 7, after unloading multiple pallets of cargo, the Airmen loaded a C-17 Globemaster III with several mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles and supplies for transportation at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia.

 

“We did a very good job today; things went very smoothly and efficiently,” said Senior Airman Shane Ellis, 332nd Expeditionary Logistic Readiness Squadron load team chief. “First, we set up a load plan for what we are going to put on the plane and … (then) ensure all the cargo is safely tied down and locked down – like the MRAPs; we were chaining them down to ensure there was enough resistance to prevent them from moving while in flight.”

 

The squadron is one of the several units under the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, which directly supports Operation INHERENT RESOLVE. The wing accomplishes this through a wide array of combat Air Force capabilities including precision strike; aerial refueling; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; and combat search and rescue.

 

The 332nd ELRS helps facilitate these activities by ensuring that “all cargo going into the air gets to its location.”

 

They are in charge of all cargo that goes up into the air, Ellis explained, starting with the inspection of the cargo. Then they plan how everything will be loaded onto the aircraft, ensuring the weight is properly distributed to maintain the aircraft’s balance so it may take off and fly safely, before actually loading and securing everything.

 

“Without us, nothing gets into the air … it can’t be done without us," he continued. 

 

“I like that we are part of something important,” Ellis added. “It feels as if I am part of something bigger than myself.”

 

(Source: 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing fact sheet)