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/Megan Crusher

‘The Spirit of Ronald Reagan’ gets nose art

U.S. Air Force photo/Megan Crusher Col. Russell Muncy, commander, 452nd Air Mobility Wing, March Air Reserve Base, California, and U.S. Congressman Ken Calvert, California’s 42nd district, unveil C-17 original nose art, creat...
 
 
AFN courtesy photo

Hollywood’s Oscar shout outs for U.S. military

AFN courtesy photo From left, Eric Gabriel, Army Maj. Rosy Poulos, Patrice “Rock” Grant, Air Force Staff Sgt. Rob Harden and Fabian Montgomery, American Forces Network employees, work the red carpet at the Oscars to provide...
 
 

452 AMW QUARTERLY AWARD WINNERS

2nd Lt. Jim Lambert, 452nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron Company Grade Officer of the Quarter Senior Airman Anahi Ledezma, 452nd Communications Squadron Airman of the Quarter Staff Sgt. Paul Bugar, 729th Airlift Squadron NCO of the Quarter Master Sgt. John R. Hershey Jr., 752nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron SNCO of the Quarter
 

 
U.S. Air Force photo / Megan Crusher

March Field FES hosts Riverside County Chief’s Association meeting

U.S. Air Force photo / Megan Crusher Eliot M. Cooper (center), assistant fire chief and C. Christianson (left), assistant chief of training, give Patrick Reitz, fire chief, Idyllwild Fire Protection District, a tour of the Marc...
 
 
163rd Security Forces Squadron courtesy photo

March Airmen respond to helicopter crash

163rd Security Forces Squadron courtesy photo A UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter rests on its side at Ramona Airport, Ramona, California, Jan. 20, 2015, after crashing. Seven Airmen from the 163rd Reconnaissance Wing’s Security For...
 
 
Figure-2

Dietary supplements: How safe are they really?

Walk into a health food store today and you can be overwhelmed by shelves piled with dietary supplements. What’s going on? For the past ten years the popularity of dietary supplements has increased steadily. Supplements are 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