VRS keeps Ramstein's vehicle fleet ready

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  • By Airman 1st Class Jordan Castelan
  • 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Vehicle problems can quickly turn into nightmares. Luckily, Ramstein comes equipped with the only Vehicle Readiness Squadron in the Air Force, who prepare for such problems.

The 86th VRS, normally flight sized on other bases, stands ready to repair the largest fleet in the Air Force. Responsible for more than 1,800 vehicles, this unit is unique to the Air Force.

Their goal is to keep as many vehicles in working condition as possible, however accidents happen.

"Government vehicles need to be treated as government property," said Master Sgt. Jason DeLucy, 86th VRS vehicle management superintendent. "All the funding for repairing (vehicle) abuse and incidents come from Air Force funds."

He said having confidence in his troops to fix any problem is a priority.

"Our mechanics are trained to the same standard as civilians," said DeLucy. "Many of our mechanics have trained and received the Automotive Service Excellence Association certificate."

Even with the most experienced vehicle maintainer, safety is a primary concern.

"Making sure the job is done safely is the most important part," said Staff Sgt. Daniel Miranda, 86th VRS vehicle maintenance journeyman. "Making sure we deliver safe and serviceable vehicles to all the units part of Team Ramstein is a close second."

Keeping Airmen happy is important as well.

"We have a good time here," said Senior Airman Nathan Carolan, 86th VRS vehicle maintenance apprentice. "I love this job. It's like a hobby. My job is something I want to stick with," he said.

With Airmen who enjoy their career and a leadership team confident in their staff, the 86th VRS stands ready to serve Ramstein and its mission in providing the Air Force with a premier installation to enable and assure strategic capabilities.