MINOT AIR FORCE BASE When members of the 69th Bomb Squadron at Minot Air Force Base prepared to leave for Guam, they made sure all their papers and other requirements were ready.
On Nov. 12, about 30 squadron members went through the deployment line. A larger group went through the process this past week.
Senior Master Sgt. Valarie Pugh, superintendent of the Manpower and Personnel Flight at the Minot base, said the flight supports the whole base missile and bomb wing.
"Today they're actually out-processing," said Pugh, referring to a group of about 30 people from the 69th who were going through the deployment line Nov. 12.
"It's like their final check their last chance to make sure that the things they need they have," she said. She said they see personnel representing several areas including medical, legal, safety, finance, chapel and Airmen & Family Readiness Center.
For example, she said if a person doesn't have a will that will be part of the final check. She said personnel were there that day to make sure the military members have such requirements as an emergency contact and have the training that they need in order to deploy.
She said whenever there's a deployment processing line, the flight, which is located in the Pride Building, brings personnel to the Deployment Processing Facility on base.
She said the length of time they have to prepare for out-processing for a deployment varies.
"It could be we know the day before we have to put up a process line and sometimes it's weeks in advance. It just depends on the situation and how many people we have going," she said.
She said whenever more than 25 people are being deployed then they set up a deployment line.
Pugh, originally from Savannah, Ga., has been in the Air Force nearly 19 years. She has been at the Minot base for two years.
This past week, more people from the 69th went through the deployment lines before leaving for Guam on Thursday.
On Saturday, members of the base's 23rd Bomb Squadron were scheduled to return home from Guam after being away for almost six months.