Air Force

June 1, 2012

Post Attack Reconnaissance training is a must for success

Tags:
Robert J. Kaschak
452 Emergency Management
PAR training
Members for the 452d Air Mobility Wing conduct unexploded ordinance maneuvers during Post Attack Reconnaissance training. During the upcoming Operational Readiness Exercise and Inspection, members will be required to don chemical gear during scenarios that simulate a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and enhanced conventional weapons attack. (U.S. Air Force photo / Staff Sgt. Megan Crusher)

Major efforts are ongoing throughout the 452d Air Mobility Wing, to ensure everyone is prepared for the upcoming Operational Readiness Exercise and inspection. Unit Training Assembly weekends, as well as the week days, are jam-packed with many opportunities for airmen to receive training on the roles they will assume, as the target dates for ORE, ORI and Nuclear Operational Readiness Exercise draw closer.

Emergency Management is currently conducting Post Attack Reconnaissance training. This training is an assorted mix of responsibilities that will be required knowledge for members assigned to Unit Control Center, Facility Management and PAR positions. They will be working together to accomplish the daunting tasks of accountability, reportability and survey operations. While these duties are indicative to what every Airman should know regardless of rank, the training will also focus on actions taken during real-life threat conditions. For example, attendees will be required to don chemical gear during scenarios that simulate a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and enhanced conventional weapons attack.

Post Attack Reconnaissance training will examine the unique requirements of the UCC and FM areas and demonstrate which concepts to apply for activities such as bug-out plans, setting up contaminated waste disposal areas and land mobile radio etiquette. Instruction will also delve into activities involving positioning of M8 stands, grid map reading techniques, first aid in chemical environments and litter carrying. Attendees will learn step-by-step procedures on how to harden facilities and vehicles, reporting unexploded ordnance, covering assets with plastic and initiating plans to move those assets to avoid contamination. The 10 feet to 50 feet rule, marking contamination and incorporation of the Defense Connect Online (allows instant messaging and the ability to see what is happening outside on maps and status boards via the computer) will also be briefed.

Everything we teach is designed to facilitate the communication and recovery process after an attack. Time is of the essence and EM dedicates itself to providing the training you need to do the job quickly and efficiently while minimizing your risk. These skills are crucial to the base recovery process and failure to understand and execute these duties could have a detrimental effect on the expeditious launch of aircraft and mission completion.

It is fair to state that these are the most fundamental responsibilities inherent to the air base recovery process. Personnel assigned these tasks are literally the eyes and ears of the command. Their situational awareness strengthens the command’s ability to ascertain the posture of the installation after an attack. Working in tandem with emergency management personnel and other emergency responders, these warriors scrutinize their areas, up-channels information and report findings back through the chain of command.

Ironically, despite all the technical innovation we have at our disposal, it comes down to the individual effort of all Airman performing these jobs. Their attention to detail, reporting procedures and communication skills cannot be overstated.

Although the wing fared well overall during the 2008 ORI, the PAR area received a marginal rating. Therefore, the March EM technicians are now placing heavier emphasis on this training and are working to ensure personnel who attend the training fully understand and can execute primary tasks with confidence.

In order to ensure all personnel receive training, EM began conducting training sessions approximately six months ago and will continue until the exercise commences. Training sessions are expected to increase as the execute date draws closer and units are able to better ascertain the availability of their people for deployments and exercises.

So, if your supervisor or commander assigns you to PAR duties, don’t feel like you are being punished, rather take it as a compliment that your leadership has placed trust in you to learn these skills and become a vital part of the base recovery process. The PAR team is not for appointees only, it is open to whomever wants to volunteer.

Beyond a doubt, we are a team and your support is paramount to achieve success.

If you have questions, contact EM at 951-655-3024 or stop by for a visit.




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


 
 

 
U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Megan Crusher

Rising Six adds splash of color to drill weekends

U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Megan Crusher Runners are dowsed with color by volunteers as they round the last station before crossing the finish line during the 5K Fun Color Run Aug. 9, hosted by the 452nd Air Mobility Wing ...
 
 

B-17 duty was tiring yet memorable

(Second in an 11-part series that was first run in the Beacon in 2007) B-17 Flying Fortresses were noisy, cold and reliable, men who flew and repaired them for the 452nd Bombardment Group recall. “It was so loud, I could yell in the pilot’s ear from six inches away and he couldn’t hear me,” said...
 
 

Service members receiving RAND Military Workplace Survey

FORT MEADE, Md. — About 580,000 service members have begun receiving emails or letters inviting them to participate in the first RAND Military Workplace Study, Defense Department officials said. Active and reserve component members in all military branches and the Coast Guard are being invited to participate. “The survey is unprecedented in its scale and...
 

 

452 Aerial Port Support Flight hosts Marine training operation

More than two dozen light armored reconnaissance vehicles, equipment and personnel were transported by the 1st Light Armor Reconnaissance Battalion from Camp Pendleton, California, to launch a training operation at March Air Reserve Base, July 21. This exercise allowed the 1st LAR the ability to apply capabilities and core mission essential tasks learned at their...
 
 
Courtesy photo

HomeStrong USA gives opportunity for free home-ownership to local military veteran

Courtesy photo A volunteer, working with HomeStrong USA, makes repairs on the outside of a home that is being renovated for a deserving veteran. The non-profit organization donates renovated single-family homes to eligible vete...
 
 

News Briefs August 28, 2014

BONE MARROW DRIVE HERE SEPT 13 March Top 3 Association is hosting the C.W. Bill Young Department of Defense Marrow Donor Program, Salute to Life Drive on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 in the grassy area outside the base Fitness Center, Bldg. 465 from 12:30 to 3 p.m. It’s quick and painless! Please join us in...
 




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=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin