Local

August 30, 2012

IOC, from normal operations to crisis intervention

The Installation Operation Center, located in the basement of Alchesay Barracks, is ready to be staffed. Stacy Picciano, IOC operations specialist, said the IOC serves as “the heartbeat of the garrison during normal business hours.” Groups of people gather together in order to be briefed on current situations so issues may be both addressed and resolved.

On any ordinary day, the ringing of telephones can be heard throughout the office of the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security-run Installation Operation Center.

“We pretty much have our hands in everything,” said Stacy Picciano, an operations specialist at the IOC. “We receive calls that range from people asking for directions to the commissary, how to get in touch with someone, where an event is taking place or to an actual emergency.

“We strive to make sure that Fort Huachuca is a well-oiled machine, support is provided in a professional and timely manner and our customers receive a quality product, whatever it is,” She added.

Picciano explained some of their daily activities include: handling requests from both on and off the installation; monitoring special events on Fort; aiding with the retirement ceremonies; 4th of July; Veterans Day parades; Memorial Day ceremony; providing support to partner units, Soldier events and more.

During an emergency the IOC becomes the Emergency Operation Center, and the staff adjusts fire.

“Emergencies are just that. They’re emergencies, and you’ve got to take action, whatever they require,” Picciano said. “I think it’s necessary … every installation should have a 24-hour [operating system] where people can call if something happens and talk to an actual person to take their information and handle the situation, whatever it may be.

“Our main focus is to protect life, limb and property,” Picciano said.

Decisions need to be made so that the questions ‘What happened?’ ‘How do we tackle it?’ and ‘What do we need to do to get back to normal duty, operating procedures?’ can be answered,” Picciano added.

With the overall goal of protecting “life, limb and property,” the force protection exercise that ended yesterday will help the IOC do just that.

“This [was] the first exercise [in which] we actually changed locations,” said Tamela Faulkner, temporary operations officer. “So [we initiated] here … and [we had] to jump to another location and continue the emergency operations support.”

“In times of emergency we activate the EOC, so it is a different capacity as far as how we respond to operations for us,” Faulkner added. “We operate in an emergency capacity.

“When we receive notification of an event that constitutes an emergency, the first thing that we do is activate the Crisis Action Team,” Faulkner added.

CAT consists of roughly 12 organizations including Directorate of Logistics, Directorate of Public Works, Directorate of Human Resources, Public Affairs Office and Directorate of Emergency Services and others.

“All of these organizations on the installation [can] offer support during the emergency,” Faulkner added. “Each individual agency has a role as part of the team.”

“[This exercise took] place over a 30-hour period [so] it [was] definitely more in-depth than it has been in the past,” Faulkner added.

With an exercise like this, “you of course want to react in a natural state, or as natural as possible so that you effectively know that you can respond to an emergency,” Faulkner added.

“You have to have a plan in order to go forward [and we were] prepared,” she said.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
U.S. Army Photo by Lisa Tourtelot

RWBAHC welcomes new top doc to command

U.S. Army Photo by Lisa Tourtelot Lt. Col. Edgar Arroyo, the new commander of Raymond W. Bliss Army Health Center, accepts the command colors from Maj. Gen. Thomas Tempel, the commanding general of Western Regional Medical Comm...
 
 
305thCeremony_6.26

305th Military Intelligence Battalion Change of Command Ceremony

Incoming Commander, Lt. Col. Jorge A. Arredondo, takes command of the 305th Military Intelligence Battalion during the passing of the colors at the change of command ceremony Friday.   Fort Huachuca’s 305th Military Inte...
 
 
MIband3_62715_lakosil

Cochise County Outlaws perform with a special guest performer

Maj. Gen. Robert Ashley, commanding general, U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence and Fort Huachuca, performs with the Cochise County Outlaws, 62nd Army Rock Band at Eifler Fitness Center. Ashley played three songs wit...
 

 
PeopleatPool_6.23

Keep your summer cool at Irwin Pool

Lifeguards watch visitors at Irwin Pool. This summer, the pool will be open on the 4th of July. With temperatures rising, Fort Huachuca’s Irwin Pool is an inviting way to keep the Family cool this summer. The pool is open thr...
 
 
Natalie Lakosil

HT-JCOE commanders change during June 19 ceremony

From left, outgoing Commander Col. John Boucher, Human Intelligence Training Joint Center of Excellence; Maj. Gen. Robert Ashley, commanding general, U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence and Fort Huachuca; and incoming C...
 
 

BLM Jackson Hotshots hosted at Fort Huachuca for portion of 2015 fire season

TUCSON, Ariz. — The only Bureau of Land Management (BLM) hotshot firefighting crew east of the Mississippi River will be based in southern Arizona for a portion of the 2015 fire season. The 20-member Jackson Hotshot crew from Jackson, Miss. will be housed in the Sierra Vista community thanks to a partnership between BLM and...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>