Reconnaissance deployment readiness at a moment’s notice

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Alexandre Montes
  • 9th Reconnaissance Wing Public Affairs

Beale AFB’s IDRC has a team of roughly 23 Airmen and civilians comprised of up logistics planners from the 9th Logistics Readiness Squadron, personnel specialist from the 9th Force Support Squadron and an Installation Deployment Officer. 

“The team provides overall daily command and control for Beale’s deployment process, and stands up as the Deployment Control Center (DCC) during large exercises or mass deployments,” 2nd Lieutenant Evelyn Argueta, 9th LRS IDRC installation deployment officer said. “We are the first and last stop for deployments, from receiving a tasking to out-processing the tasked person prior to departure from our base.”

Controlling movements, travel, supplies and making sure people get to their destination and back safely is a lengthy and daunting task. For Beale, the IDRC makes sure their team is properly trained and stay in the know not just the Unit Deployment Managers but the Air Force at large.

“An effective ‘deployment machine’ is mainly accomplished through a combined effort with UDMs as we guide them throughout the process of pre-deployment preparation and ongoing maintenance of individual level readiness,” Staff Sgt. Aaron Salinas deployment operations NCOIC said.  “Additionally, one of the programs we manage is Air Expeditionary Force Reporting, which requires units to report on the readiness status of their equipment and personnel capabilities as required by their postured Unit Type Code’s.”

The IDRC ensures that Beale meets deployment requirements such as the Chief of Staff for Air Force’s Deployment Teaming initiative. This system groups Airmen to deploy as a team of three or more, allowing for optimal resiliency and warfighting capabilities in pre and post deployment environments.

“Overall, it is our team’s duty and mission to ensure that UDMs and units have the necessary tools to prepare their members and ensure they are ready to join the fight once they arrive in the AOR,” said Salinas.

Recently, the IDRC managed an initiative to assist Combatant Commanders that synchronized Airmen throughout the wing for downrange fighting capabilities.

“Beale has a unique mission, our aircraft have a permanent presence in specific locations and our requirements are not “swapped out” with another Wing at the end of a rotation, such as with fighters,” Tech. Sgt. Laura Henkenmeier, 9th IDRC wing deployment readiness cell NCOIC said. “This requires our personnel to maintain a high level of readiness year-round.”

According to the 2018 National Defense Strategy, modernization is not defined solely by hardware; it requires change in the ways we organize and employ forces. This year alone the team was able to accomplish this task effortlessly. 

“We successfully coordinated airlift for four C-17’s and oversaw the deployment processing of over 75 personnel and 80 short-tons of cargo within a 72-hour timeframe,” said Argueta. 

Another showing of Beale’s dynamic force employment to COCOMS globally by executing missions the Reece Way. Air Force deployment tasks are a flexible system and the Airmen here are staying ever vigilant.