Preparation begins at the 146th Published March 3, 2013 By Senior Airman Nicholas Carzis 146th Airlift Wing CHANNEL ISLANDS AIR NATIONAL GUARD STATION, Calif. -- Young Airmen at the 146th Airlift Wing had many challenges before them last February UTA. It was only the second month of the year, but the race to make sure all assets and personnel are properly trained and ready for the upcoming ORI had begun. With the tasks before them, they only have until November when they will be put to the test during the Operational Readiness Inspection (ORI). Senior Master Sgt. Leanna Rominger, Superintendent of Logistics plans, and her team with the Logistics Readiness Distribution and Execution office (LRGDX) created a course for everyone involved with pallet buildup for the upcoming ORI. Instruction took place recently in a well-rounded, activity-based training environment. "I see this as invaluable hands-on training," said Rominger. "Airmen learned fundamental techniques that will assist in the process of getting equipment to and from the ORI. For some, this was a welcome refresher course; for the junior enlisted this was something entirely new," she said. With new Airmen beginning the transition into their first ORI, the road ahead at first may seem daunting and even overwhelming at times. But with training and preparation at the forefront from senior enlisted who have the experience and knowledge to make that job is done right, the Airmen feel they are in good hands. "We learned all about organization, team effort, and they demonstrated strategies on how to simplify the objectives in building pallets," said Master Sgt. David Buttner, one of the members participating in the class. " Mission safety was highly stressed because this can be a dangerous job." Beyond the normal briefings there was something special that shined through the demonstration. "The sincere advice and experience from the senior enlisted is worth is weight in gold. Tips and tricks to making the mission successful are being passed down, and with it comes confidence for the next generation," said Buttner. Are the Airmen up to the tasks at hand? According to LGRDX the answer is yes! The enlisted force of the 146th Airlift Wing is always ready to be challenged and is waiting to prove itself. This practice and training will help ensure that those headed into the inspection will have all of the knowledge and understanding needed to get the job done.