Logistics readiness flight supports Mildenhall Published July 16, 2008 By Tech. Sgt. Jake Chappelle 446 Airlift Wing Public Affairs MCCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- The 446th Logistics Readiness Flight has sent 28 Airmen to Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England, for their annual tour July 14-30. "We're going to support the 100th Logistics Readiness Squadron at RAF Mildenhall," said Master Sergeant Jeffrey Doll, 446th LRF fuels operations superintendent. "We'll also obtain quality training in the process." According to 1st Lt. Michael Burke, 446th LRF officer in charge of logistics plans, training is important. "I just want to make sure that my guys get the training they need," he said. "My base of concern is them." Lieutenant Burke says limited resources can make it difficult for the 446th LRF to receive all of their required training. The overall mission of logistics is to make sure everything gets where it needs to be when it's required, said Lieutenant Burke. But 446th LRF doesn't have active missions, as Reservists, for some of the main core skills like vehicle maintenance. Now they'll be able to get that training because the 100th has those missions. Sergeant Doll also stressed the importance of taking advantage of available resources that the 446th LRF doesn't normally get to use. "Since I will be looking at the 100th LRS's overall management compliance and environment program, I can take advantage of their equipment and train with it," said Sergeant Doll. "We'll be looking for the best practices that the active duty does so we can take notes and bring them back to share with our people at McChord." According to Lieutenant Burke, even veterans and leaders can learn more. "I get to see how my job runs on a full-time basis," said Lieutenant Burke. "This tour will also help me complete one of my logistics core competencies. The Airmen in upgrade training will get their core tasks done as well." Lieutenant Burke noted that this type of preparation has caused high anticipation among the logistics units at McChord and RAF Mildenhall. "Both the 100th LRS and 446th LRF are really anticipating this trip," said Lieutenant Burke. "They have been very receptive of us. If our guys return with their skill-levels accomplished and an invitation to come back, it'll be a successful tour." "The ultimate goal is to mesh and blend with the active duty, work as a team and represent McChord and the 446th AW."