Air Force

August 30, 2013

Command Post: within the vault

Tags:
Staff Sgt. Carrie Peasinger
Beacon editor

From left, Senior Airman Shanyn LoughRidge, Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Dobrowolsky and Senior Airman Arturo Icaza, 452nd command post controllers, multi-task, with the help of their Quick Reaction Checklist. The QRC is a valuable tool used for everyday occurrences such as heat stress index, inflight emergency and distinguished visitor reception, and for atypical tasks occurrences such as active shooter, terrorist threat/hostage situations and force protection condition changes.

When airlift missions go as planned, the results are smooth take offs, on-time departures and a protected airspace, due in part to the 452nd command post, whose personnel remain vigilant in providing 24/7 information and support to the base and the surrounding communities.

“The command post is the central nervous system on base with information and communications for missions coming through us,” said Master Sgt. Januari Smithwick, superintendent, 452nd command post. “We filter it out and provide the appropriate coordination for successful missions.”

In the past year, the command post has received exemplary recognition for improvements made to the unit.

“Passing every inspection we’ve had in the past year, from various governing agencies, in which we provide support, has been the accomplishment of our increased manpower,” said Maj. M. Lee Ehlert, chief, 452nd command post. “The help of gaining traditional reservists was instrumental in assisting with manning issues, we went from four controllers to ten, which has helped us improve across the board.”

In addition to passing all of their inspections, the increased manning has also helped the command post provide a more proactive approach and all missions are more robust.

“Our increased training, in the last year, keeps us combat ready,” said Ehlert. “We have a no-fail mission, so it’s imperative that the controllers can execute their jobs flawlessly.”

The command post is one agency on base that works around the clock, and although they remain behind closed, secure doors, they serve as the eyes and ears for the base. They receive classified information and emergency action messages that they need to accurately report to the commander so he is able to make appropriate and timely decisions, Smithwick said.

On any given day, the staff receives calls ranging from alien reports to unruly passengers on airline flights or planes entering the airspace.

“Our days are very diverse, for example, we may need to alert F-16’s to engage a plane who comes into the airspace unauthorized or coordinate tankers to provide fuel support,” said Senior Master Sgt. Chad Quilausing, controller, 452nd command post.

They also have aircraft on alert, that if notified to respond to a heightened threat status, will support and protect, Smithwick said.

In addtion, the command post works hand-in-hand with the maintenance control center, air terminal control center, crew support, fire department and security forces, providing day-to-day, 24-hour coordination and communication.

“The information we process and handle is vital to national security and homeland defense,” said Quilausing.

The impact the command post has on the base is huge and their controllers have to remain vigilant, well trained and versed in their job, said Ehlert.

“I am proud to be part of the command post team and to witness its growth. We have come so far in a short amount of time and there’s nothing this team can’t do,” she said.




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


 
 

 
U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Perry Covington

Master Sgt. Bode named AFRC’s 2014 Crew Chief of the Year

U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. Perry Covington Master Sgt. James Bode, Air Reserve Technician and dedicated crew chief, 752nd Aerospace Maintenance Squadron, March Field, runs through some routine maintenance checks on his KC-135 S...
 
 

Retired reservist finds inspiration through loss

(Final in a three-part series chronicling Angela Alexander’s incredible story which led to a book, a ministry and now, a documentary.) Following the untimely death of her two sons in a car crash, Angela Alexander, a retired Air Force Reservist, faced the challenge of sharing her story with the world. She knew God wanted her...
 
 

Acting under secretary of the Air Force appointed

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — President Barack Obama appointed Lisa S. Disbrow to serve as the acting under secretary of the Air Force March 30. Disbrow will take over for Eric Fanning who was recently appointed as chief of staff for Secretary of Defense Ash Carter. “Lisa Disbrow is already a tremendous asset to our Air Force...
 

 

AF Smart Operations of the 21st Century Training Course

Students feverishly poured over charts and graphs as they worked their way through the presented problem at March Air Reserve Base, Calif., during a five-day, Air Force Smart Operations of the 21st Century (AFSO21) Green Belt Training Course from March 22nd to March 27th, 2015. A gathering of both enlisted and officers alike, the group...
 
 

Earth Day 2015 Recycling Facts

Recycling just 48 cans is the energy equivalent of conserving one gallon of gas Since 1990, the paper recovered through U.S. recycling efforts would fill 200 football stadiums to a height of 100 feet The most recycled consumer product in America is the automobile, with 26 cars being recycled every minute Every ton of recycled...
 
 
NCO-induction

Induction ceremony recognizes NCO/SNCO accomplishments

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell McMillan Airmen being inducted into the NCO and SNCO ranks sit in the Cultural Resource Center April 11, 2015, during the induction ceremony. The ceremony recognizes and applauds the a...
 




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