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NEWS | June 23, 2014

Visit offers leaders inside into POL mission

By Tech. Sgt. Rasheen Douglas Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Leadership from the 628th Air Base Wing visited the 628th Logistics Readiness Squadron Petroleum, Oil and Lubricants section June 18, 2014.

The visit took place as part of a program designed to give base leaders a taste of what Airmen and Sailors do at their job centers every day.

During the visit, Col. Jeffrey DeVore, Joint Base Charleston commander, Chief Master Sgt. Mark Bronson, 628th Air Base Wing command chief and Master Chief Petty Officer Joseph Gardner, Naval Support Activity command master chief, were introduced to the POL staff, briefed on day-to-day operations and assisted the Airmen with their tasks.

"Getting out with the POL team was a good reminder of how important each job is here at JB Charleston The 628th ABW leadership wants to be out there with our folks to see what they are going through," said DeVore.

The POL Airmen showed Devore, Bronson and Gardner how to remove wastewater from the pits on the flightline, refuel an airplane and then allowed the leaders to try it themselves.

"The most successful part of the day was having the 628th ABW leadership see real world issues we face daily and work through the obstacles with other organizations to accomplish the mission," said Staff Sgt. Bryan Queen, 628th LRS fuels lab noncommissioned officer in charge.

"Having just come off a year-long remote in the desert, I can appreciate the extreme heat and extreme cold conditions that our folks have to endure to get the mission done," said DeVore.

Once a month, leadership visits a different organization on either the Air Base or Weapons Station and spends time with the Airmen, Sailors and civilians working in those units to get a better appreciation on how their jobs impact JB Charleston's mission.

"The POL folks really impressed me with how they prepared for the conditions and how they always kept safety at the forefront of the operation," said DeVore. "That is the part which leaves the lasting impression for me. The heat and cold element add a challenge to the mission support, but it's the preparation and delivery of service where those young Airmen and Sailors really enable readiness for our mission partners."