20th LRS equips the mission

The 20th Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) cargo facility contains numerous inbound and outbound cargo at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina.

The 20th Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) cargo facility contains numerous inbound and outbound cargo at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina. The 20th LRS regularly ships cargo to deployed Team Shaw members.. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Benjamin Ingold)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Tyler Peterson, 20th Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) inbound cargo specialist, signs for a package at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Nov. 29, 2017.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Tyler Peterson, 20th Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) inbound cargo specialist, signs for a package at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Nov. 29, 2017. The 20th LRS inbound cargo team prepares itself to receive anything from office supplies to F-16CM Fighting Falcon parts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Benjamin Ingold)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Adam Roberts, 20th Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) transportation management office inbound supervisor, signs a label for a package at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Nov. 29, 2017.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Adam Roberts, 20th Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) transportation management office inbound supervisor, signs a label for a package at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Nov. 29, 2017. Roberts’ inbound cargo team is responsible for receiving, cataloging and storing inbound cargo to Shaw. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Benjamin Ingold)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Adam Roberts, 20th Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) transportation management office inbound supervisor, signs a label for a package at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Nov. 29, 2017.

Outbound cargo sits on a conveyer belt in the 20th Logistics Readiness Squadron cargo facility at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Nov. 29, 2017. Effective labeling and distribution processes ensure that outgoing mail will reach its correct destination. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Benjamin Ingold)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Rahkeem Fair, left, and Airman 1st Class Kaila Allen, right, 20th Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) outbound cargo specialists, track outgoing cargo at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Nov. 29, 2017.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Rahkeem Fair, left, and Airman 1st Class Kaila Allen, right, 20th Logistics Readiness Squadron (LRS) outbound cargo specialists, track outgoing cargo at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Nov. 29, 2017. The outbound cargo team receives packages from organizations at Shaw for delivery outside the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Benjamin Ingold)

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. – A sea of cardboard, the shuffle of boxes placed on racks of metal and the repetitive beep of a forklift greets those entering the 20th Logistics Readiness Squadron cargo warehouse at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina.

Airmen assigned to the 20th LRS work from the warehouse to label, store and prepare cargo for shipment anywhere at Shaw and around the world.

“We receive the cargo from other organizations around the base,” said Airman 1st Class Rahkeem Fair, 20th LRS outbound cargo specialist. “From there we plan shipments and enter it into the cargo movement operations system. After that we get it out to its destination.”

Airmen from the 20th LRS cargo warehouse function as Shaw’s very own military post office.

“There is nothing we can’t send,” said Fair. “We are the FedEx or UPS of the Air Force. We can send ammo, explosives; we’ve sent nearly everything.”

Airmen handle logistics tasks ranging from shipping a tire to transporting an F-16CM Fighting Falcon engine. The equipment or supplies are received, accounted for and sorted by the incoming cargo team.

“We can receive anything from weapons to aircraft parts, to screws, to office supplies, uniforms, anything that comes onto the base,” said Airman 1st Class Dylan Dykstra, 20th LRS inbound cargo specialist.

The process of receiving incoming cargo is structured to ensure that Shaw is getting the correct parts.

“There is paperwork on every piece of cargo that comes in,” said Dykstra. “We take the paperwork off the outside, or if it’s classified, we open up the package and verify the paperwork with the actual part and stock number.”

Processing bigger cargo presents a different challenge for the team.

“We basically back the truck up to the dock and then attach the ramp,” said Dykstra. “We get on the forklift and offload everything. Then we store it somewhere in the warehouse that’s designated for big cargo. After that, we in-check just as we would the smaller pieces.”

Aircraft cannot fly and Airmen cannot support the mission without proper parts and equipment processed through the warehouse. By equipping the 20th Fighter Wing with the right tools, the 20th LRS ensures that Airmen are prepared for the next fight.