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LRS improves efficiency of cargo flow

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Before Airmen can receive cargo in deployed locations, a significant amount of work must be done back in the U.S. to ensure the cargo arrives on time and undamaged.

To accomplish this mission, one of the key elements in preparing cargo for distribution is having personnel who know how to properly arrange and build the pallets that are used to secure the cargo before being transported. That is where Vandenberg's Increment Monitor Training and Pallet Build-up Class comes in.

Put on the 30th Logistics Readiness Squadron, this class trains various units on base to help manage the outgoing cargo.

"We offer this type of training to assist Vandenberg units with their cargo deployment needs for exercises and contingencies," said Senior Airman Matthew Meyer, a 30th LRS air transportation journeyman and course instructor. "Without having these increment monitors helping us prepare cargo for deployments, it would double the amount of time it normally takes to ship a workload to our Airmen overseas."

The class is split up into two separate classes. The Increment Monitor Training section is specifically designed to orientate and familiarize the base's increment monitors with managing a given set of cargo from each deploying unit, making sure the equipment assigned is ready to go for a deployment.

"We teach increment monitors the basic concepts behind preparing cargo, because they must be able to organize the cargo to fit in all types of aircraft," Airman Meyer said.

The Pallet Build-up section of training teaches increment monitors how to properly arrange, secure and move cargo. Course instruction also teaches the trainees how to read and fill out the required cargo documentation.

"We have seen great results from these classes," Airman Meyer said. "We have seen significant improvements in the overall efficiency of the increment monitor's cargo delivery after taking our class."

For more information and to schedule a class time for the Increment Monitor Training or Pallet Build-up Course, call the 30th LRS air terminal operations element at 606-7742.