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502nd Logistics Readiness Squadron wins top honor

By Mary Nell Sanchez | 502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs | July 20, 2018

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas. —

2017 was a busy year for the 502nd Logistics Readiness Squadron at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

 

The team continues to play pivotal roles in carrying out the mission of JBSA-Lackland, starting from the beginning of entry into the military, helping countless units operate smoothly and stepping up to assist during times of need when disaster strikes.

 

In 2018 the Air Force took notice and honored the unit with the 2017 LRS Squadron of the Year award.

 

The squadron was key in supporting the JBSA mission by outfitting initial uniforms to 39,000 basic military trainees and responding to more than 42,000 vehicle operations requests during 2017.

 

They were also responsible for delivering 1.6 million passengers across Joint Base San Antonio.

 

With good teamwork, comes praise from leadership.

 

“I am proud and humbled to lead more than 800 Airmen of ‘America’s LRS’,” said Lt. Col. Ernest “Nest” Cage, 502nd Logistics Readiness Squadron commander.

 

During 2017, the 502nd LRS deployed 1,900 Airmen in support of nine combatant commands, coordinated 14,000 household goods shipments and 24 Army movements.

 

The activity didn’t stop there. The squadron also maintained more than 2,000 government vehicles in the JBSA area and managed 1,000 aircraft.

 

The 502nd LRS was also ready to step in when hurricanes struck last season. They worked in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide disaster support operations and launched more than 98 missions that provided humanitarian assistance to more than 3 million victims.

 

“No matter the challenge, no matter the time or day, this team always delivers, supporting Joint Base San Antonio and the Air Force with logistics expertise, unbridled passion, innovation and care for one another,” Cage said.