Soldiers who work at the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigadeís supply, support and activity warehouse work extended hours and play an essential role in the brigadeís overall mission.
The SSA platoon provides the 82nd CABís units with logistical support, handling in excess of 2,000 daily transactions that involve everything from office supplies to aircraft rotary blades.
"The overall mission of the SSA is to provide supplies for our customers," said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Claudia S. Snowden, SSA accountable officer, assigned to Company A, 122nd Aviation Support Battalion, 82nd CAB, 82nd Airborne Division.
Snowden said the support her Soldiers provide must remain constant in order to meet the customerís needs.
"The role we play is crucial because aircraft canít fly or ground vehicles canít move if maintainers donít have the parts to fix them," said Snowden.
The workflow at the SSA is steady, as Soldiers perform numerous tasks and take on vast responsibilities. Their efforts have contributed to the turn in of excess parts and supplies back to the Armyís supply system.
After years of overstocked supplies on shelves, the SSA has taken the initiative to identify inventory and prepare all excess parts and supplies no longer needed or in demand. This had allowed the SSA to reinsert those items back into the Army supply system to be used by units in need.
"In our most recent turn-in into the Logistics and Readiness Center, the SSA was able to turn in a little more than $4 million in a three week period," said Snowden.
The SSA operates in two warehouses on Simmons Army Airfield and is broken down into five sections ó stock control, receiving, turn-in, storage and issuing of supplies.
"On a day-to-day operations, the Soldiers come in early to check what orders have been made ensuring all necessary angles are covered," Snowden said. "It isnít uncommon to receive four or more truckloads of civilian or military vendors dropping off equipment. There is always work to be done."
The Soldiers at the SSA establish a good working relationship with their customer units and organizations that depend on the services, said Spc. Donald Bookhart, automated logistical specialist, Co., A, 122nd Avn. Spt. Bn., 82nd CAB, 82nd Abn. Div.
"As long as we provide adequate customer support (supplies) to our fellow Soldiers, weíre contributing to the overall mission," said Bookhart.