Staff Sgt. Jose Ruiz, 433rd Airlift Control Flight, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

433rd Airlift Control Flight can be compared to the multi-tool in your pocket, it's small but has many different functions and is a life saver in a jam.

"When there is an airfield that doesn't have any command post or any control on the field -- bare base -- we can go out there," Sergeant Ruiz said.

He said the 433rd ALCF can be self-sufficient for 30 days while being able to provide relief or emergency aid to an area. In addition they can start and build a base where there was nothing before.

The 433rd ALCF is made up of Air Reserve Technicians and traditional Reservists. A small unit of fewer than 20 members, it has about eight different Air Force Specialty Codes, including pilots, a loadmaster, a network communications specialist and a navigator.

"We do multiple exercises throughout the year for different contingencies or even just local exercises," Sergeant Ruiz said. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Brian McGloin)

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