F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE – The 319th Missile Squadron hosted a group of 90th Logistic Readiness Squadron Airmen at a Missile Alert Facility Nov. 8, 2018, to provide cross-talk between career fields and increase 90th LRS mission role awareness within the ICBM field.
During the tour of E-01, most of the Airmen got to go into a Launch Control Center for the first time, they received an overall view of the working components of a MAF and built working relationships within the 90th Operations Group.
“First and foremost, it is my hope that you will see how [the 90th LRS] support helps the Operations Group fulfills its daily ICBM mission,” said Lt. Col. James Schlabach, 319th Missile Squadron commander. “Support agencies are critical! It is truly a team effort.”
The 90th LRS is a diverse squadron and supports a number of requirements from deployment and distribution to vehicle management.
“What may seem like a small situation in LRS is a huge deal at the MAF,” said Tech. Sgt. Corey Crim, facility manager. “Each situation affects the overall capability of the mission.”
The 90th Missile Wing is an ICBM base, and daily support goes into ensuring the safety of the missiles and the missileers pulling alert. Without a seemingly direct tie into the day-to-day nuclear surety, Airmen may find themselves unsure of their overall role within the mission.
Capt. Zane Allinger, 319th Missile Squadron missileer, was on alert during the tour. He noted the mission could not be done by him alone. It takes the whole wing to ensure we employ a lethal, safe and effective nuclear deterrent force. This is done by providing transportation for daily operations, delivering the proper pay allotment, dispersing food and chefs, etc.
“It is backward to think you are more important because you are in the capsule,” said Allinger.