VR-61 Carries Heavy Workload


Story Number: NNS030519-01Release Date: 5/19/2003 8:37:00 AM
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From VR-61 Public Affairs

WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. (NNS) -- Naval Reserve Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VR) 61 exemplified dedication, motivation and leadership in completion of extensive support during the last 18 months.

In that period, VR-61 carried out 58 missions by logging more than 430 flight hours, transporting 728 passengers and delivering 595,000 pounds of cargo.

"VR-61 played a major role in the Fleet Logistics Support Wing team effort to move unprecedented amounts of high priority cargo to theater customers, including two carrier battle groups," said Rear Adm. Michael L. Holmes, commander, Fleet Air Mediterranean.

Squadron crews worked non-stop to overcome backlogs of cargo shipments. Reservists removed seats in aircraft to accommodate extra cargo. Maintenance crews also played a big part in the successful efforts.

"Skillful management of workload and line operations enabled the safe completion of maintenance repair actions and daily/turnaround inspections, while maintaining a near around-the-clock flight operations," said Cmdr. C. P. Callahan, VR-61's commanding officer.

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