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Airmen participate in pre-deployment line

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Members of Vandenberg's pre-deployment line processed 115 Airmen which began three days of deployment training at the flight line here June 15.

The Personnel Deployment Function line featured various representatives from units including the finance office, Airman and Family Readiness Center, legal office, 30th Space Wing Medical Group and chaplain's office to streamline the pre-deployment out processing.

"It is very important to exercise the Personnel Deployment Function line so that we are able to put the right people in the right place at the right time," said 2nd Lt. MaDana Reed, Chief of the military personnel section. "The PDF is a tool used to expedite the out-processing requirements for deploying personnel."

Three groups were processed separately through the deployment line. Groups one and two simulated a deployment to Gwangju Air Base, South Korea; group three simulated a deployment to Arifjan Air Base, Kuwait.

"Exercising the pre-deployment line ensures our capabilities for real world deployments and emergencies, and hones our war-fighting skills," said Lieutenant Reed.

The pre-deployment line culminated in a series of briefings by base agencies to include safety, public health, finance, sexual assault, equal opportunity, legal, public affairs and chaplain's offices; and the Airman and Family Readiness Center.

Out processing that used to take days, or even weeks, to accomplish is now shortened into a couple of hours as Airmen are processed through the PDF line. The processing line ensures Airmen are fully qualified and able to do their jobs before being sent overseas. The line also makes sure the departing Airman's paperwork has been completed properly.

"By preparing our war-fighters, we can efficiently forward deploy these members to combat," said Lieutenant Reed.

After completing the pre-deployment line, Airman boarded a bus and traveled to North Star, a remote base location that simulates a deployed environment to continue training.