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U.S. Air Force Col. Chris Short, 366th Fighter Wing commander, Maj. Todd Jensen, 366th Logistics Readiness Squadron commander, and U.S. Army Lt. Col. Kevin Stoll, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District deputy commander, kick off the grand opening of the Logistics Readiness Center Nov. 15, here, during a ribbon cutting ceremony. The LRC is the new hub of activity for more than 350 logistic professionals. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Roy Lynch)
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LRS has a new home

Posted 11/16/2012   Updated 11/16/2012 Email story   Print story

    


by Staff Sgt. Roy Lynch
366th Fighter Wing Public Affairs


11/16/2012 - MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- The lights are shinning and the walls gleaming at the new home of the 366th Logistics Readiness Squadron.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Nov. 15, attended by senatorial delegates, Mountain Home Mayor Tom Rist, as well as base leadership and members of the Gunfighter Community.

More than 200 Airmen from the 366th LRS now work in a new 80,000 square ft. building, which cost $20 million.

"It is a plus for everyone in the squadron," said Maj. Todd Jensen, 366th LRS commander. "This center provides a home base for operations across the base and allows immediate access to logistics leaders and practitioners."

Prior to construction, nine different Air Force specialty codes were working out of five different warehouses across base; now they are all in one building.

"We have had people in multiple locations and now we can consolidate our assets," said Kevin Curl, 366th LRS material management flight chief.

Not everyone will be working in this building however supply operations will be run entirely out of the LRC.

"It's the new administrative hub for everything that happens in the squadron." said Jensen.

The central storage has also moved off the flightline and into the LRC.

"The move from Bldg. 1361 has actually moved us closer to our flightline customers," said Jensen. "The piece of the building closest to the flightline is dedicated to maintainers."

It has made a difference in enthusiasm, added Jensen, seeing that 18 or 19 year old who has a renewed interest in their job, because of the updated and modern work center.

"It's a rally point for them," said Jensen. "It tells them that the Air Force really does care about you and wants to make sure you have the best that the Air Force has to offer."

In 1999, then Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Michael E. Ryan, performed a logistics review which changed three legacy squadrons into one logistics readiness squadron.

"It has been a 10-year investment to get to where we feel, as a culture, we had an identity not associated with the three legacy squadrons," said. Jensen "Now we are purely LRS."
Jensen added, his team has not realized the full potential of this building, not until they get completely situated into the facility.

The new building is located at the corner of Alpine St. and Aardvark Av.

For more information contact, the 366th LRS at (208) 828-4510.



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