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Opportunities knock for those interested in logistics planning
Logistics planners Staff Sgt. Patrick Miller and Airman 1st Class Shawn Valenzuela discuss upcoming deployments and short-notice taskings Jan. 6. The logistics plans career field is now accepting cross-trainee applications. (Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Christopher Stoltz)
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Opportunities knock for those interested in logistics planning

Posted 1/14/2011   Updated 1/14/2011 Email story   Print story


by Airman 1st Class Christopher S. Stoltz
Air University Public Affairs

1/14/2011 - MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. -- For qualifying Airmen interested in a career change, cross-training opportunities are now available for the logistics plans career field.

A logistics planner's duties include first-hand knowledge of aerospace expeditionary force requirements, current contingency operations, installation deployment readiness and local deployment exercises.

The career field's qualifications state the applicant must be at least a senior airman with a minimum five-skill level in any Air Force Specialty Code and must have a minimum general score of 60 on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery.

Staff Sgt. Patrick Miller, noncommissioned officer in charge of readiness with the 42nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, is a cross-trainee who said making the move to become a logistics planner was a great decision.

"Before becoming a logistics planner, I was a weapons loader," he said. "Although I am not in the theater itself, I still feel I am making a difference. I also feel my role as a logistics planner is critical to not only my respective base but the Air Force as a whole. It is a great responsibility to have, and I am glad to be in the position I am in now."

The job is rewarding and challenging, Sergeant Miller also said, and any Airman considering the career field must be quick on their feet, have the ability to multitask proficiently, and have the ability to learn and adapt to an ever-changing Air Force.

Airman 1st Class Shawn Valenzuela, a fellow logistics planner with the 42nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, said his position in logistics has helped him understand more about the Air Force and the deployment process itself.

"Before joining the Air Force, I had no idea about how anything in the Air Force operated," he said. "I always wondered how assignments and deployment taskings worked."

He said it has also helped him understand how and when people are selected for deployment and the most efficient ways to get them to where they need to go.

"At the end of the day, logistics is about getting things done in the most proficient way possible," he said. "I am glad I am in the logistics planning career field, and I look forward to my future within it."

For more information about the logistics career field, contact the Logistics Readiness Squadron at 953-5515.

5/30/2012 12:38:09 PM ET
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