Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VR) 62 returned home to Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville recently after completing a successful seven-month detachment to the 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR).
While forward deployed to NAS Atsugi, Japan, the “Nomads” flew over 560 hours, completed 144 critical missions, and transported 537 passengers and 725,117 pounds of cargo. Nomad aircrew and maintainers enabled these fleet essential missions to more than 10 countries around the region.
Several operational highpoints occurred to include the transportation of high priority cargo in support of multiple 7th Fleet exercises, the relocation of critical equipment and personnel for Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5 to support humanitarian efforts in the region, and logistics support during Pacific Partnership 2018.
The annual multilateral, multi-service mission featured partner nation counterparts working together in eight Indo-Pacific nations to improve disaster response preparedness and enhance relationships across the region.
However, the most rewarding mission for the Nomads was ensuring the Sailors from Coastal Riverine Group 1 were able to make it home after a four-month operational training cycle for the holidays to be with their family and friends.
Given the past year’s unique schedule for the Navy’s C-130T Hercules community, the opportunities granted to Sailors deployed on this detachment have not only increased the VR mission readiness levels but have boosted morale within the command.
“It was great. I had to order and expedite a lot of high priority parts for the aircraft, so it could be kept in an ‘up’ status to be tasked by the theater schedulers,” said LS1 Jacqueline Jauregui.
“It was really rewarding to see my hard work pay off when I saw the C-130 take off and fly.”
This detachment is just the most recent showcase of Nomad pride and tradition of setting and maintaining high standards for 100 percent mission completion.
VR-62’s Executive Officer Cmdr. Jules Thomas, spoke highly of the effort from the entire squadron stating, “Bravo Zulu to the all aircrew, maintainers, and support Sailors who did a phenomenal job keeping the aircraft flying to execute Command Fleet Air Forward’s tasking.”
VR-62 is one of five Navy unique fleet essential airlift C-130T squadrons located throughout the United States. Each squadron, scheduled by the Navy Air Logistics Office, enhances the combat capability of Navy fleet commanders through judicious and flexible scheduling to support the Team Combatant Command, Fleet Response Plan, and Department of Defense logistics requirements worldwide.