MSG corner: Performance Assessment Flight Published Aug. 10, 2012 By Airman 1st Class Marianique Santos 36th Wing Public Affairs ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- This week, the 36th Mission Support Group highlights the 36th Logistics Readiness Squadrons performance assessment flight. The performance assessment flight helps improve warfighting capabilities by ensuring the Airmen have the right assets. From aircraft power washers to equipment and vehicles that support day-to-day missions, the flight provides Airmen with mobilization capabilities and equipment they need to support worldwide operations. Made up of a total of six personnel, Airmen and civilian, the flight performs contract oversight for 150 contractors and partners with DZSP-21 - a company that supports the Navy and Air Force in providing safe, clean and functional working and living environments - to create better practices in performing logistics functions. The performance assessment flight oversees four logistics functions: vehicle maintenance, vehicle operations, traffic management and supply. The flight also includes the only Air Force traffic manager on island who handles issues regarding Air Force entitlements to household goods and passenger travel information. The vehicle maintenance office repairs, procures and maintains vehicle fleets, while vehicle operations section provide ground transportation for distinguished visitors, aircrew, and main base operations. The traffic management office receives and ships all cargo requiring military airlift, including any personnel and equipment deployments. Supply personnel order and stock mission critical asset. The performance assessment flight is the only one of its kind in the Air Force. As part of Joint Region Marianas, the flight works with both Navy and Air Force, each branch having their own set of guidelines and requirements. Personnel in this flight must know these areas along with contracting and finance operations. Along with the amount of knowledge and scope of responsibility the flight covers, product availability and accessibility is sometimes a difficulty that the flight comes across. "Everyone on Guam can relate to the difficulty of getting what you want when you want it," said Capt. James Smith, 36th LRS performance assessment flight commander. "To tackle these issues we have identified parts that are difficult to procure and ordered bench stock to have that part readily available." "We have also allotted a fraction of our budget for express shipping to get parts expeditiously," he said. "This is especially important when a specialized vehicle goes down, and we need to have a part immediately. We always try to make our parts procurement process better. " Although this flight is small the Airmen and civilians of the performance assessment flight accomplish feats that are seemingly impossible. "All members have to know four different logistics AFSCs and apply that knowledge when others members are on leave or on temporary duty," said Captain Smith. "They have to know and understand both Navy and Air Force operating regulations and when they are applicable. We work hard to ensure that the 36th Wing receives the logistics support it needs to complete the mission."