86th VRS keeps Ramstein on the road

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  • By Senior Airman Nicole Sikorski
  • 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
The 86th Vehicle Readiness Squadron general purpose light vehicle repair flight keeps units on Ramstein  ready for any mission that requires them to be behind the wheel. 

This fast-moving service shop is responsible for more than 1000 government vehicles on the installation. They service approximately 20 vehicles a day that range from sedans to heavy-duty trucks.

With more than 30 mechanics responding to the needs of drivers on Ramstein, it is the only vehicle readiness squadron, as opposed to a flight in the Air Force.

"The most rewarding part of this job is to see a vehicle fixed and not have it come back," said Staff Sgt. Allen Crow, 86th VRS NCO in charge of GP light vehicles.

With a packed schedule and high demand for service, the team of mechanics ensure that vehicles are safe and serviceable to complete the mission that's required of them, and that the number of vehicles needed to complete a mission are readily available to their customers.

Customers submit work order requests to have their vehicles inspected before repair. 

"Our special purpose shop is a big deal to the mission at Ramstein Air Base," said Crow. "A couple of years ago the Frankfurt Airport closed down due to snow, and we were able to remain open because of the capabilities of our snow removal equipment."

Not only does the GP light team provide safety to Airmen stationed at Ramstein but it also expands to ensure the safety of the community.

"Law enforcement vehicles that come through not only maintain the security of the base, but also keep the Kaiserslautern Military Community safe when they respond off-base," Crow said.   

Teamwork is a driving factor in the success at the 86th VRS GP light flight.

"With more than 30 Airmen working to keep the wheels turning, efficiency is a priority," said Airman 1st Class Frederick Vogelgesang, 86th VRS GP light vehicle mechanic. 

"Our NCO's manage the shop very well," Vogelgesang continued. "If you ever have questions, everyone is always very helpful. This fast-paced environment has taught me a lot of patience and to not give up. I really love my job, the days go by fast and it is nice to be challenged."

The GP light flight Airmen truly keep the wheels turning for Airmen on and off-base.