86th MMS keeps USAFE Forward, Ready, Now

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  • By Airman 1st Class Larissa Greatwood
  • 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
The 86th Materiel Maintenance Squadron keeps U.S. Air Forces in Europe mission-ready by storing and maintaining equipment and assets.

The Central Regional Storage Facility, a geographically separated unit from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, has more than 500,000 square feet of storage facility capabilities. The team's mission is to ensure equipment such as government, maintenance and special purpose vehicles, fuel tanks and basic equipment airfield requirement kits are continuously prepared to be deployed at any moment.

"We maintain, prepare and issue [war reserve material] in support of exercises, humanitarian relief operations, contingencies and war," said 2nd Lt. Kristopher Wasielewski, 86th MMS operations officer.  "What we do is important because we can support any of these circumstances at any time, in peacetime or wartime."

The CRSF is equipped with controlled humidity and temperature warehouses to ensure assets do not become damaged or unserviceable during extended periods of storage.

These environments allow the Department of Defense to spend money on other equipment as opposed to continuously restoring the same equipment.

On March 3, Lt. Gen. Lee K. Levy II, Air Force Sustainment Center commander, had the opportunity to tour the facilities to learn more about what the Airmen and local nationals do to keep the Air Force Forward, Ready, Now.

"The partnership with our allies in Luxembourg is so important," said Levy. "The support and capabilities we have are vital for anything that may happen. I want to live in a world where we don't have to fight; but if or when we do, I have full confidence that the capabilities and relationships we have in places like Sanem will be a crucial part to our success."

The 86th MMS keeps USAFE prepared at all times by providing their support through storage and maintenance. With their knowledge and hard-work, their assets allow the Air Force to accomplish successful missions at any time, in any place.