AFRATAir Force Radiation Assessment Team
AFRATAir Force Reading Abilities Test
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With the AFRAT members augmenting shipping operations stateside, active-duty people were free to forward deploy.
"The NCOs on the AFRAT team have experience working under the more stringent standard operating procedures of the Army and Navy depots, allowing them to meet shipping requirements for the most heavily used munitions in the inventory."
"AFRAT has provided direct support to the Air-to-Surface Munitions Directorate's Readiness Division at Hill during Operations Enduring Freedom, Northern Watch, Southern Watch and now Iraqi Freedom, which gives you some idea of how successful and important the program is," said Colella.
"Eight years ago when we were struggling to get the AFRAT program started, when active-duty people and even many reservists were skeptical of or even hostile toward IMAs ...
Colella said AFRAT provides a career path for people who decide to leave active duty and join the Reserve.
Leo Cummings, becoming a member of AFRAT afforded him the opportunity to advance professionally and still be a part of the Air Force.
"AFRAT has allowed me to stay with the ammo career field and be an active part of Operation Enduring Freedom," he said.
The AFRAT scope of responsibility has far exceeded its original objectives of providing 100 percent condition verification of preferred ammunition stored in the Army depot system.
The ammunition control point at Hill is responsible for monitoring the work load, assigning AFRAT members to each base, controlling funding and ensuring overall management of the program.
Recently, six AFRAT members, four Raytheon contractors and a Department of Defense civilian formed a short-notice, high-priority team to repair Maverick missiles at a forward Central Command location.