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U.S. Air Force Airmen with the 325th Logistics Readiness Squadron air transportation operations flight secure a pallet of cargo inside a KC-46 Pegasus on Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Jan. 30, 2021. Before take-off all cargo must be thoroughly inspected to a oid damage to passengers or the aircraft during flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tiffany Price)

U.S. Air Force Airmen with the 325th Logistics Readiness Squadron air transportation operations flight secure a pallet of cargo inside a KC-46 Pegasus on Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Jan. 30, 2021. Before take-off all cargo must be thoroughly inspected to a oid damage to passengers or the aircraft during flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tiffany Price)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Evan Keough, 325th Logistics Readiness Squadron air transportation function journeyman, secures a cargo strap inside a KC-46 Pegasus on Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Jan. 30, 2021. Before take-off all cargo must be thoroughly inspected to avoid damage to passengers or the aircraft during flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by AIrman 1st Class Tiffany Price)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Evan Keough, 325th Logistics Readiness Squadron air transportation function journeyman, secures a cargo strap inside a KC-46 Pegasus on Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Jan. 30, 2021. Before take-off all cargo must be thoroughly inspected to avoid damage to passengers or the aircraft during flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by AIrman 1st Class Tiffany Price)

From left, U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Evan Keough, 325th Logistics Readiness Squadron air transportation function journeyman, U.S. Air National Guardsman Senior Airman Hunter Smith, 601st Air Operations Center airlift requirement planner, and U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Brady Runk, 325th LRS air operations function supervisor pose for a photo in front of a KC-46 Pegasus on Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Jan. 30, 2021. The air transportation flight ensures all cargo is air worthy and safe for flight operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tiffany Price)

From left, U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Evan Keough, 325th Logistics Readiness Squadron air transportation function journeyman, U.S. Air National Guardsman Senior Airman Hunter Smith, 601st Air Operations Center airlift requirement planner, and U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Brady Runk, 325th LRS air operations function supervisor pose for a photo in front of a KC-46 Pegasus on Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Jan. 30, 2021. The air transportation flight ensures all cargo is air worthy and safe for flight operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tiffany Price)

U.S. Air National Guardsmen with the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont National Guard prepare to board a KC-46 Pegasus on Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Jan. 30, 2021. The aircraft made its first appearance at Tyndall to transport Airmen and cargo back to Vermont after a Weapons System Evaluation Program exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tiffany Price)

U.S. Air National Guardsmen with the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont National Guard prepare to board a KC-46 Pegasus on Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Jan. 30, 2021. The aircraft made its first appearance at Tyndall to transport Airmen and cargo back to Vermont after a Weapons System Evaluation Program exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tiffany Price)

U.S. Air National Guardsmen with the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont National Guard prepare to board a KC-46 Pegasus on Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Jan. 30, 2021. The aircraft made its first appearance at Tyndall to transport Airmen and cargo back to Vermont after a Weapons System Evaluation Program exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tiffany Price)

U.S. Air National Guardsmen with the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont National Guard prepare to board a KC-46 Pegasus on Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Jan. 30, 2021. The aircraft made its first appearance at Tyndall to transport Airmen and cargo back to Vermont after a Weapons System Evaluation Program exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tiffany Price)

A U.S. Air Force KC-46 Pegasus prepares for take-off at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Jan. 30, 2021. The aircraft made its first appearance at Tyndall to transport U.S. Air National Guardsmen with the 158th Fighter Wing back to Vermont after a Weapons System Evaluation Program exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tiffany Price)

A U.S. Air Force KC-46 Pegasus prepares for take-off at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Jan. 30, 2021. The aircraft made its first appearance at Tyndall to transport U.S. Air National Guardsmen with the 158th Fighter Wing back to Vermont after a Weapons System Evaluation Program exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tiffany Price)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Evan Keough, 325th Logistics Readiness Squadron air transportation function journeyman, records the weight of a passenger on Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Jan. 30, 2021. The air transportation flight ensures all cargo, including passengers, is air worthy and safe for flight operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tiffany Price)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Evan Keough, 325th Logistics Readiness Squadron air transportation function journeyman, records the weight of a passenger on Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Jan. 30, 2021. The air transportation flight ensures all cargo, including passengers, is air worthy and safe for flight operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tiffany Price)

U.S. Air National Guardsmen with the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont National Guard wait in line to be weighed on Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Jan. 30, 2021. In preparation to onboard a C-130 Hercules, passengers are weighed in full uniform with their bags to calculate an accurate weight for the flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tiffany Price)

U.S. Air National Guardsmen with the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont National Guard wait in line to be weighed on Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Jan. 30, 2021. In preparation to onboard a C-130 Hercules, passengers are weighed in full uniform with their bags to calculate an accurate weight for the flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tiffany Price)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dylan Rymer, 325th Logistics Readiness Squadron air transportation function supervisor, takes the temperature of a U.S. Air National Guardsman with the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont National Guard on Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Jan. 30, 2021. In preparation to onboard a C-130 Hercules, passengers are processed with COVID-19 precaution to avoid unnecessary exposure. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tiffany Price)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dylan Rymer, 325th Logistics Readiness Squadron air transportation function supervisor, takes the temperature of a U.S. Air National Guardsman with the 158th Fighter Wing, Vermont National Guard on Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Jan. 30, 2021. In preparation to onboard a C-130 Hercules, passengers are processed with COVID-19 precaution to avoid unnecessary exposure. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tiffany Price)

From left, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Brady Runk, 325th Logistics Readiness Squadron air transportation function supervisor, U.S. Senior Airman Evan Keough, 325th LRS air transportation function journeyman and U.S. Air National Guardsman Senior Airman Hunter Smith, 601st Air Operations Center airlift requirements planner watch a KC-46 Pegasus land on Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Jan. 30, 2021. The air transportation flight ensures all cargo is air worthy and safe for flight operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tiffany Price)
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From left, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Brady Runk, 325th Logistics Readiness Squadron air transportation function supervisor, U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Evan Keough, 325th LRS air transportation function journeyman and U.S. Air National Guardsman Senior Airman Hunter Smith, 601st Air Operations Center airlift requirements planner watch a KC-46 Pegasus land on Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Jan. 30, 2021. The air transportation flight ensures all cargo is air worthy and safe for flight operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tiffany Price)

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --

From humanitarian supplies and various armaments, to maintenance equipment and parts for aircraft, the 325th Logistics Readiness Squadrons air transportation operations flight has seen and moved it all.

The 325th LRS aerial transporters, also widely known as ‘port dawgs’, are responsible for inspecting, loading, unloading and transporting all cargo and passengers as quickly and safely as possible.

Tyndall hosts several large-scale exercises every year, including Checkered Flag which happens bi-yearly, and Weapons System Evaluation Programs which are hosted monthly and include aircraft and personnel from around the country.

“Here at Tyndall, we have mostly moved passengers and different types of maintenance equipment [for] the wide range of aircraft that these exercises host as that is our primary mission here,” said Staff Sgt. Brady Runk, 325th LRS air transportation function supervisor. “This can be anything from generator carts to whole aircraft engines for cargo movements.”

When transporting cargo, the port dawgs perform joint inspections where they work with the cargo’s unit to inspect each pallet for hazards and potential safety violations. Staff Sgt. Dylan Rymer, 325th LRS air transportation function supervisor, explained that the purpose of performing a JI is to ensure that all hazardous material is properly packed and labeled for airlift and that it’s separated from other cargo so it does not pose a flight risk. They also ensure that palletized cargo is air worthy, properly built and secured for transportation.

As January’s WSEP came to an end, the aerial transporters were tasked with preparing a C-130 Hercules and a KC-46 Pegasus for departure. Over 30 Airmen with Vermont Air National Guard’s 158th Fighter Wing had participated in the exercise and were enroute back home.

“All passengers or ‘pax’, are vetted to ensure they are eligible for travel as well as getting [the] pax and baggage weight,” said Tech. Sgt. Abraham Rivera, 325th LRS air transportation non-commissioned officer in charge of air terminal operations. “Along with that, we also follow new COVID-19 guidelines implemented by higher headquarters that requires all pax to fill out a health questionnaire and take their temperature to ensure the safety of all air transportation reps, aircrew, and the pax themselves.”

With the dedicated support of the air transportation operations flight, Tyndall is able to accomplish its mission in training and projecting unrivaled combat air power safely and efficiently.