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"Providers" Provide CSG Support Worldwide

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Story Number: NNS070201-02
Release Date: 2/1/2007 9:14:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Johansen Laurel, Fleet Public Affars Center, Pacific

NORTH ISLAND, Calif. (NNS) -- Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30, “The Providers,” surge deployed Jan. 27 to the Western Pacific.

Forty-three personnel from VRC-30 deployed with USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Carrier Strike Group (CSG) for a surge deployment after returning from its maiden deployment in August.

The CSG was selected to deploy under the Navy’s Fleet Response Plan (FRP), which provides the United States with the ability to rapidly respond to any global crisis or contingency operation on short notice with flexible and sustainable forces. VRC-30 supports the CSG by delivering high-priority supplies.

“Without VRC-30, the fleet would rely on ship-to-ship underway replenishments as the sole means of bringing on supplies,” said Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Jeremiah J. Eskins. “Since we are the only logistics squadron in the Pacific, the workload has definitely increased with this surge deployment.”

The FRP not only affects the rotation for deploying the squadron but also the service members’ families, according to Aviation Maintenance Administrationman 1st Class Lashonda F. Malone. “No matter how much it affects our families back home, we still have a job to do.”

While some Sailors were enjoying the holidays with their families, VRC-30 was preparing to deploy.

“No matter how tired we are, we give more than 100 percent because we know that our mission is to provide support throughout the Pacific,” said Cmdr. Drew A. Basden, commanding officer, VRC-30.

The two C-2A Greyhound carrier on-board delivery (COD) aircraft are able to carry up to 7,000 pounds of cargo or up to 1,000 pounds of cargo and 22 passengers each. VRC-30 uses that capability to provide parts and supplies to meet the CSG’s operational needs.

The squadron also helps keep the strike group’s Sailors stocked with personal commodities ranging from candy and cookies to morale, welfare and recreation supplies.

“It’s not a glamorous job, but it’s a requirement and there are expectations to be met,” said Basden. “Even if it means we have to bend backwards to do it.”



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