New C-130J parts store enhances fleet support

Team Ramstein officials opened the newly constructed C-130J Aircraft Parts Store July 14. 

Built to provide direct support to Ramstein’s newest airframe, the store is a marked improvement from all previous warehouses operated by the 86th Logistics Readiness Squadron, specifically in the areas of technology and storage space.

“This state of the art warehouse facility will be the backbone of LRS C-130J flightline supply support operations well into the future,” said Capt. Eric Wicklund, 86th LRS Material Management Flight commander.

Spearheaded from start to finish by Ed Junko, chief of operations for the 86th LRS Material Management Flight, and funded by Air Mobility Command, this $3.3 million military construction project was conceived in 2003, officially broke ground Nov. 13, 2007, and was completed Oct 23, 2008.

 Mr. Junko, along with his team of four other local nationals from the flight, were directly responsible for all aspects of the project: coordinating with Air Force Material Command, the 86th Civil Engineer Group, Contracting, LBB, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as well as main and subcontractors. This ensured an on-time completion of a building specifically designed to meet the needs of the LRS and its customers.  

Consisting of almost 13,000 square feet of warehouse floor space and 4,000 square feet of office space, it doubles the size of the previous parts store.

“The highlight of the facility and what is instantly evident to anyone entering the building is the three-story, 12,000-square-foot mezzanine,” Captain Wicklund said. “It provides 6,000 locations to store individual parts.”

 In addition to the two stories of shelving space, the ground level of the mezzanine provides a roller system capable of storing 20 standard aircraft cargo pallets, as well as open space for the storage of oversized items and propellers. 

“Compared to the C-130E parts store also operated by the LRS, this new facility is superior in both technology and customer support,” the flight commander said. 

Located just two blocks from the dual-bay hangar and in easy walking distance from most of the wing maintenance functions, the facility provides 24/7 customer support to the 86th MXG.  Additionally, it can support up to 20 Mobility Readiness Spares Package pallets, versus eight in the old facility, triples the amount of storage space and allows for 100 percent onsite storage of all J-model parts.  It can handle the storage of six propellers versus two, and the entire building is built to both U.S. and European Union standards.

For Team Ramstein, the facility means better support for aircrew and maintainers alike, a cost savings in terms of manpower, time and energy and a state of the art facility already being used as a showcase for future projects Air Force wide.

(Courtesy of the 86th Logistics Readiness Squadron)