More than 193 Air Force Space Command people began deploying in support of Joint Task Force Katrina, Sep. 2
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PETERSON AFB, Colo. – More than 193 Air Force Space Command people began deploying in support of Joint Task Force Katrina, Sep. 2.
AFSPC members from Buckley AFB, Colo.; F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo.; Malmstrom AFB, Mont.; Minot AFB, N.D.; Patrick AFB, Fla.; Vandenberg AFB, Calif.; and Peterson are converging on 10 duty locations currently participating in disaster relief efforts, said Maj. Randy Olsen, AFSPC Space Operations Squadron operations flight commander.
Columbus AFB, Miss.; Keesler AFB, Miss.; Camp Shelby, Miss.; Gulfport, Miss.; Eglin AFB, Fla.; Tyndall AFB, Fla.; Maxwell AFB, Ala.; Lackland AFB, Tex.; the city of New Orleans, La.; and Louis Armstrong Airport in New Orleans will receive assistance from AFSPC Airmen and civilian employees who work in 13 specialized job categories, said Tech. Sgt. Dan Rosera, NCOIC of AFSPC Space Operations Squadron communications flight.
Staff officers, civil engineers, communications, contracting, logistics plans, manpower, personnel, power pro, public affairs, services, security forces, transportation, helicopter maintenance people and aircrews are providing much-needed aid to those affected by the hurricane, Sergeant Rosera added. However, security forces and civil engineer people make up the bulk of those deploying.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency submitted a request for assistance to U.S. Northern Command, who, in turn, started the request for forces process. NORTHCOM coordinated with 1st Air Force to identify unique resources and an approximate number of people needed to support the effort. First Air Force then contacted the AFSPC Air Expeditionary Force Center, who worked with the AFSPC AEF deployment section. Deployment staffers worked with individual AFSPC functional managers to select those who would deploy to JTF Katrina, said Colonel Bill Kreighbaum, AFSPC chief of AEF deployment readiness.
“The men and women of Air Force Space Command are supporting humanitarian requirements as directed by Headquarters Air Force and the commander of Air Force Forces Joint Task Force Katrina,” said Maj. Gen. Doug Fraser, AFSPC director of air and space operations.
AFSPC people will be deployed for 30- to 120-day rotations, with 45- to 60-day rotations being standard, said Capt. Jill Ortiz, AFSPC chief of AEF deployment readiness. Length of deployments vary by job specialty and will be determined by 1st Air Force.