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Base-wide exercise: pre-deployment function line marks start

Three Airmen in Air Force Battle Uniforms grab MOPP gear out of bins.

Airmen pick up mission oriented protected posture gear in the pre-deployment function line Feb. 21, 2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The PDF line was manned with personnel to verify the Airmen are up to date on their medical records, have all the appropriate gear and are overall ready to deploy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kristine M. Gruwell)

Airmen sit in a room with deployment bags on the ground next to them watching a screen.

Airmen attend a simulated pre-deployment briefing Feb. 21, 2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. An intelligence briefing was the last briefing Airmen attended before they spoke with a chaplain, legal personnel and medical personnel for a final readiness check before they ride on a bus to their simulated deployment location. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kristine M. Gruwell)

A hand with the Air Force Battle Uniform sleeve picks up a black boot.

Airman 1st Class Timothy Krebs, 19th Logistics Readiness Squadron fleet management analysis journeyman, hands out mission oriented protected posture boots Feb. 21, 2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Many Airmen from different squadrons at Little Rock AFB were assigned the detail of handing out equipment in the pre-deployment function line. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kristine M. Gruwell)

Over a dozen canteens in a pile.

Canteens are one of the last items Airmen pick up in the pre-deployment function line. Airmen use a special cap on the canteen to consume water while wearing the gas mask in mission oriented protected posture gear. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kristine M. Gruwell)

Three Airmen in Air Force Battle Uniforms walk off a bus.

Airmen offload a bus to begin the processing line during the exercise Feb. 21, 2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Participants in the base-wide exercise were picked up at their squadrons by a bus, and dropped off at the pre-deployment function line to start their training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kristine M. Gruwell)

A staff sergeant in an Air Force Battle Uniform talks to a group of Airmen.

Staff Sgt. Jordan Belen, the pre-deployment function line NCO in charge of personnel system management and adverse actions, briefs Airmen Feb. 21,2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Belen explained the general process of the PDF line to the Airmen to ensure efficiency as they progress through the line. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kristine M. Gruwell)


Airmen participate in a base-wide exercise starting with the pre-deployment function line Feb. 21, 2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark.

Throughout the week 10 chalks of approximately 500 Airmen will process through the PDF line, where personnel verify the Airmen have all their medical records accounted for, process them as though they will deploy and overall, make sure they’re mission ready.

“Each individual going through the PDF line is an essential key to the mission,” said Staff Sgt. Jordan Belen, the PDF line NCO in charge of personnel system management and adverse actions. “We verify they finished all their training and received their security clearance. Anything else they need, we make sure they have it.”

Belen briefs the chalks initially when they arrive and ensures the line runs smoothly as the chalk processes through. He is fond of his job and hopes to eventually deploy seeing as this has been his favorite job opportunity so far in the Air Force.

“It’s really exciting to be part of a deployment,” Belen said. “Sending people out on taskings makes me feel like I am part of the mission.”

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