by SrA Maeson Elleman

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Pio Dumatol, 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron south side aircraft part store technician, prepares straps before palletizing gear during a Mission Focused Exercise (MFE), on Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 27, 2014. The MFE, which replaced the local operational readiness exercise, is the first of its kind on Kadena since its implementation throughout the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Maeson L. Elleman/Released)

Photographer's Narrative


One of the biggest components of war is the ability to respond and project equipment and personnel downrange. That’s where logistics Airmen come into play. They gather the appropriate equipment, put it on a pallet, and make sure it’s secured before it gets loaded onto the awaiting plane. During an exercise, I needed to showcase the base’s ability to do all that correctly and in a timely manner. I captured this picture as an Airman laid out the cargo net he was about to use for a pallet.