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Eglin supply warehouse upgrades

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Airman 1st Class Cheyenne Johnson, 96th Logistics Readiness Squadron, carries a box past stocked shelves in the newly renovated supply warehouse Aug. 28 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The new two-floor platform replaced ceiling high shelving that required machinery to reach. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Airmen constantly move up and down the stockroom aisles on hoister machines that allow them to reach the right supply no matter where it's located within Eglin's supply warehouse.  Eglin's materiel management flight is the largest supply flight in the U.S.  Approximately 125 military and civilian personnel manage more than 50,000 items valued at $875 million.  They also manage more than 300 nonexpendable equipment accounts tracking more than $700 million in assets spread across Eglin and other locations. The materiel management flight is part of the 96th Logistics Readiness Squadron.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Before the updated shelving system in the 96th Logistics Readiness Squadron's supply warehouse, Airmen used mobile lifters to reach the 16-foot high shelves to when processing an order. The change reduced order-processing time from 10 to just three minutes. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Supply & Demand

Airman 1st Class Kyle Searight, 96th Logistics Readiness Squadron, rotates a new tire carousel to reach a specific model Aug. 28 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The four new vertical rotating shelf carousels allowed for a 70% floor space recovery in the supply floor recovery. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Senior Airman Ching Jen, 96th Materiel Management Flight, moves one of many tires through Eglin's supply warehouse.  Eglin's materiel management flight is the largest supply flight in the U.S.  Approximately 125 military and civilian personnel manage more than 50,000 items valued at $875 million.  They also manage more than 300 nonexpendable equipment accounts tracking more than $700 million in assets spread across Eglin and other locations. The materiel management flight is part of the 96th Logistics Readiness Squadron.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Before the latest upgrades like the tire carousel, tires were stored on the floor of the 96th Logistics Readiness Squadron's warehouse. The carousels created 70% more floor space. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Supply & Demand

Airman 1st Class Cheyenne Johnson, 96th Logistics Readiness Squadron, pulls a box for an order in the newly renovated supply warehouse Aug. 28 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The new two-floor platform replaced ceiling high shelving that required machinery to reach. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Airmen 1st Class Andrea Dalton and Yenliang Lin, of the 325th Logistics Readiness Squadron, train on the Hyster lifter at the 96th Logistics Readiness Squadron’s supply warehouse May 15 on Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.  Dalton and Lin are two of 13 LRS Airmen from Tyndall AFB to receive hands-on skills training from the materiel management flight’s “Supply University.”  After their month-long training, they’ll transition to a newly formed supply unit back at Tyndall.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Before the updated shelving system in the 96th Logistics Readiness Squadron's supply warehouse, Airmen used mobile lifters to reach the 16-foot high shelves to when processing an order. The change reduced order-processing time from 10 to just three minutes. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

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Airmen look for the part number to match the order down one of the many stock aisles in Eglin's supply warehouse.  Eglin's materiel management flight is the largest supply flight in the U.S.  Approximately 125 military and civilian personnel manage more than 50,000 items valued at $875 million.  They also manage more than 300 nonexpendable equipment accounts tracking more than $700 million in assets spread across Eglin and other locations. The materiel management flight is part of the 96th Logistics Readiness Squadron.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Before the updated shelving system in the 96th Logistics Readiness Squadron's supply warehouse, Airmen used mobile lifters to reach the 16-foot high shelves to when processing an order. The change reduced order-processing time from 10 to just three minutes. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

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Airman 1st Class Kyle Searight, 96th Logistics Readiness Squadron, rolls out a tire from the tire carousel Aug. 28 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The four new vertical rotating shelf carousels allowed for a 70% floor space recovery in the supply floor recovery. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Airman 1st Class Jonathan McGee, 96th Materiel Management Flight, drives a forklift through Eglin's supply warehouse.  Eglin's materiel management flight is the largest supply flight in the U.S.  Approximately 125 military and civilian personnel manage more than 50,000 items valued at $875 million.  They also manage more than 300 nonexpendable equipment accounts tracking more than $700 million in assets spread across Eglin and other locations. The materiel management flight is part of the 96th Logistics Readiness Squadron.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)
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Before the updated shelving system in the 96th Logistics Readiness Squadron's supply warehouse, Airmen used mobile lifters to reach the 16-foot high shelves to when processing an order. The change reduced order-processing time from 10 to just three minutes. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --

More than $1 million in upgraded storage areas and technology opened 60,000 square feet of mission-essential storage space at the 96th Logistics Squadron’s warehouse here this year.

Improvements inside Bldg. 600 include a new freight elevator and tire carousels as well as 23 storage racks and 259 storage bins.

The necessary modernizations took a year-and-a-half to complete.

“We do a lot of shipping and receiving, so storage space is crucial," said Jacqueline Mitchell, warehouse central storage chief.  “Our previous storage rack system was outdated.  We made the upgrades and increased storage space to meet the base’s supply and demand needs. “

The warehouse has three storage areas: bulk storage, fast moving storage and sheet metal/random length storage.

The previous storage shelves rose almost 16 feet in the air toward the ceiling of the large warehouse.  Airmen pulling a supply order drove mobile lifters with safety harnesses to retrieve items stored down the dimly lit the shelving aisles.

Now, that previously used space is two floors of easy-to-reach shelving with no equipment required except for extremely heavy items.  The freight elevator moves large or bulk materials between the floors.

This update reduced order-processing times from 10 to just three minutes, which decreases customer wait times.

The four tire carousels are automated moving shelves that rotate top to bottom and front to back.  The movement of the carousels is similar to a rotisserie or Ferris wheel.  Storing tires on the rotating shelves instead on the warehouse floor allowed for a 70% recovery of floor space.

“With a push of a button, tires are brought to the user,” Mitchell said.  “It greatly increases our on-site tire delivery capability in a safe manner.”

The carousel also eliminated the need for equipment-based retrieval methods when maneuvering the heavy, bulky vehicle and aircraft tires.   The tire carousel stores tires from 28 to 44 inches wide and holds approximately 350 tires.

Over the next two years, bulk storage and the sheet metal area will receive upgrades in new shelving and new wire and rod carousels.

The warehouse modernizations created a safer environment and better operations, according to Kevin Partlow, 96th LRS deputy commander.

“We are able to fulfill supply requirements faster, reducing customer wait times and supporting Team Eglin’s weapon test mission,” he said.  “Can’t fly without supply.”