Titans of Incirlik: Senior Airman Ralph Hunt

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  • By Senior Airman Matthew Angulo
  • 39th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

The 39th Logistics Readiness Squadron Airmen have a hand in every facet of base and mission operations.

They are responsible for maintaining Airman readiness, providing supply and fuel support and transportation.

Senior Airman Ralph Hunt, an individual protective equipment journeyman assigned to the 39th LRS, is one of many Airmen who supply base personnel with the equipment necessary to maintain readiness in support of defending NATO’s southern flank.

“We issue inventory and store individual protective equipment which is basically your chemical and warfare gear, or your MOPP gear,” said Hunt. “We make sure every Airman and contractor have all of their real-world equipment along with training gear in order to establish base readiness if anything were to happen.”

Like many service members, Hunt joined the military in hopes of traveling the world. Originally from Minnesota, he’s been assigned to Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aviano Air Base, Italy, and now Incirlik Air Base, Turkey.

“I hit my sixth year back in March,” he said. “I’ve been one of the luckier ones to stay overseas. I’ve had a lot of great experiences. I’ve been all over the world traveling on TDY’s. It’s been great. I’ve seen a lot of cool stuff and I’ve loved it.”

Hunt went on to explain what has kept him in the Air Force for the last six years.

“Once you start meeting those people and develop friendships, that's what makes you stay in,” explained Hunt. “When you PCS base to base, you don’t always maintain contact with those you meet, but when you TDY or deploy and see them again it’s like you're switching a light back on. I think that’s really cool.”