99th LRS Vehicle Ops drives Nellis ground support

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  • By Airman 1st Class Mikaley Towle
  • 99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
The 99th Logistics Readiness Squadron's Vehicle Operations Element keeps Nellis AFB rolling by providing vehicles to units they need to accomplish their missions.

Vehicle Operations plays a significant role in the daily operations of the base, by providing services ranging from issuing and renewing government driver's licenses and ensuring vehicles are serviceable to aircrew transportation.

"One way we make sure Nellis stays mission ready, is by making sure squadrons have the vehicles they need to perform their daily jobs," said Staff Sgt. Azucena Jones, 99th LRS vehicle operator.

In addition to issuing licenses and providing transportation, Vehicle Operations is responsible for dispatching vehicles for direct use by Airmen.

"Vehicle services oversee the management and dispatching of approximately 160 government [owned] vehicles," said Tech. Sgt. Jonathon Shipley, 99th LRS Vehicle Operations Control Center Support NCO in charge.

As many as 20 to 30 vehicle requests are processed each day through the center. Vans, buses, sedans, distinguished visitor vehicles, forklifts, U-Drive-It vehicles, wreckers and tractor trailers can be dispatched from here.

The reason for the wide range of vehicles is because of the diverse missions at Nellis AFB that may need to be carried out.

One example is the distinguished visitor vehicle that is used by the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center Protocol Office.

"Distinguished visitor transportation is an integral part of our protocol duties," said 1st Lt. Kelly McGuire USAFWC deputy chief of protocol.

Without Vehicle Operations providing transportation, protocol would not be able to complete their mission.

"[Vehicle Operations] has provided top notch support with scheduling vehicles, as well as delivery and pick up of vehicles around the installation," said Master Sgt. Shawn Bowman, USAFWC protocol superintendent. "They also provide the ability to transport large groups of DV's at a moment's notice which helps reduce the carbon footprint of Nellis Air Force Base."

There are many different missions carried out on a daily basis at Nellis that require transportation. Without Vehicle Operations to provide the transportation, those missions would be difficult to accomplish.