F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE – The Logistics Readiness Squadron is typically associated with supplies or logistics. What people fail to realize is that the LRS section maintains 874 vehicles with a fleet average of 7.5 million miles driven on an annual basis.
Airman 1st Class Alex Johnson, 90th Logistics Readiness Squadron mission generation vehicle equipment maintenance apprentice, works in the Fire Truck and Refueling Maintenance section that keeps F.E. Warren’s vehicles up and running. He has served in the Air Force for one year.
Johnson chose his career field because he has an Associate’s Degree in vehicle maintenance and loves to work on vehicles. He also mentioned that he loves the people he works with and around on a daily basis.
“I like the family feeling in LRS, and everyone is always there for each other,” said Johnson. “I am constantly being pushed to advance myself in my career and my knowledge.”
The Tracy, California, native mentioned that it is the family atmosphere and the determination to always better himself and do the best that he can that makes him push that extra mile on a daily basis.
“We take pride in keeping these vehicles up and running,” Johnson said. “Maintaining vehicles is very critical. There are several different missions that we support such as maintenance, civil engineering and security forces.”
The deep sense of pride and willingness to go the extra mile is not something that has gone unnoticed or unappreciated by Johnson’s leadership.
“Airman Johnson has made lasting contributions to vehicle maintenance,” said Tech. Sgt. Mortimer Jacobs, 90th LRS NCO in charge of fire truck and refueling maintenance. “His work ethic and willingness to step up and go above and beyond are major contributing factors to our high mission capable rate for our vehicles, which is the best in Air Force Global Strike Command.”
LRS has several different functions and tasks in various locations on base and within the missile field.
“LRS assists the tracking of all vehicle mileages and maintenance rotations,” said Staff Sgt. Dorothy Cram, 90th Security Support Squadron vehicle section dispatcher. “They provide the vehicle knowledge to better service and maintain the Security Forces Group vehicle fleet.
The 90th LRS has a slogan, “Without Us You Walk,” and this saying means a lot to the people that work on the vehicles on a daily basis.
“One of the most important tasks I perform is the pump tests for fire trucks to ensure they can respond as needed to emergencies and that they work properly upon arrival,” Johnson said.
Johnson’s future goals and career aspirations include completing a twenty-year career in the Air Force and earning a Bachelor of Science degree before retirement.
“I love working within LRS and working on vehicles,” Johnson said. “I would have no problem spending the remainder of my twenty-year career working on vehicles because I love it so much.”
PHOTO: Airman 1st Class Alex Johnson, 90th Logistics Readiness Squadron mission generation and vehicle equipment maintenance apprentice, checks fluid levels in a fire emergency response vehicle, at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, July 6. Maintaining proper fluid level is very important for the upkeep and maintenance of vehicles. Photo by Terry Higgins