HomeNewsArticle Display

Command Post: Getting the message out

AL DHAFRA AIR BASE, United Arab Emirates (AFNS) -- Every base has them, windowless rooms and buildings filled with computers, telephones and radios. What goes on behind those walls may be some of the most important communications base wide.

“As command post, you are operating in a windowless environment,” said Tech. Sgt. Monica Anaya, 380th Air Expeditionary Wing Command Post training manager.

The command post is a hub of incoming and outgoing communications on any base 24/7. They are the central communication liaison between agencies and personnel such as major commands, commanders, first sergeants, Air Force Red Cross and base agencies for Airmen base wide.

Both the Giant Voice system and the AtHoc alerts that come across electronic devices are all initiated by the command post. The mass notification system is a very important part of what they do day to day. Notifications currently seen daily here are flag conditions and weather notifications, but the systems provide so much more.

Whether it’s testing natural disaster responses or providing real-world Mission Oriented Protective Posture level changes, the quick reaction and decisive response are vital to base populace survivability, said Master Sgt. Crystal Moronta, 380th Air Expeditionary Wing Command Post superintendent.

“(The mass notification system) can be the difference between life and death if we don’t get the information out there fast,” said Staff Sgt. Joseph Miller, 380th Air Expeditionary Wing Command Post controller.

“If there’s an emergency situation that happens we’re the ones that get the ball rolling,” Anaya said.

“Everybody is affected by what we do on a daily basis,” Miller said. “If you aren’t getting information from us, you’re getting it at a delayed time. We are going to be the first ones to know.”

Command post personnel not only spend their time monitoring systems for real world threats, they also provide support for aircrew and transient aircraft.

“Here at Al Dhafra (Air Base), most of the time we are talking to aircrew and helping with coordination,” Anaya said.

There is no doubt that the Airmen working the Al Dhafra Air Base Command Post feel the effects of their mission every day.

“Every radio call, phone call, or email that comes in, I feel like we are helping support and get things moving along. (We) provide support to everyone,” Anaya said.

“Sometimes you lose scope of the mission, but here you feel like you are part of the mission,” Miller said. “Everybody is intertwined. Maybe because it’s a smaller base, maybe because you’re deployed, but all in all, I feel like I’m more involved.”

“Being closer to the mission is rewarding,” Moronta said. “Watching the Airmen in action doing their job, supporting the war fighting effort is an awesome thing. Also, we are afforded the opportunity to have Guardsmen working side by side with active duty personnel and the synergistic teamwork is amazing.”

“The best part about being deployed here,” Moronta continued, “is observing and supporting all our brothers and sisters in uniform and watching the military machine do work!”

Engage

Facebook Twitter
RT @CitizenAirman: Enlisted aircrew members critical to C-130 Hercules flight testing - https://t.co/RAPxP7CR6E #ReserveReady https://t.co/…
RT @ActingSecAF: Join @VP Pence, @JimBridenstine, me, & more at the National Space Council today at 9:30 am ET. We will discuss #space #inn
#DYK, Patriot Warrior is @USAFReserve's premier exercise, providing an opportunity for Reserve Citizen #Airmen to t… https://t.co/g3mWCOKg7C
RT @AFResearchLab: Q. What's that? A. Just @AFResearchLab turning a Cessna into an #UAV #InnovativeAF details: https://t.co/t6aAMLxJSu…
RT @US_SOCEUR: A U.S. Air Force Logistics Readiness Airman connects fuel hoses to a MC-130J Commando II during Operation Rapid Forge in #Es
RT @AF_Wrestle: Thank you to Brig Gen Brook Leonard, a leader in the war in Iraq to defeat ISIS, for speaking to the team today about “Char…
RT @USEmbassyPH: READ: Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force and Commander, Pacific Air Forces, Visit Manila. @usairforce @PACAF #FriendsPar
RT @GenDaveGoldfein: Thank you, Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thang, for hosting today’s roundtable with Ho Chi Minh Nat’l Academy of Politics. We look f…
RT @AFSpace: #OTD in 1957 Lt. Col. David G. Simons, M.D., participated in the Manhigh II flight. The @usairforce used balloons to transport…
RT @AF_Falcons: .@AF_MSwim & @AF_WSwim took a summer trip through Europe staying on a @usairforce base for two weeks while visiting 4 diffe…
RT @AF_SBIR_STTR: About 20 or 30 companies will be selected to compete for up to $40 million at the Air Force Pitch Day for Space, planned…
RT @AFmuseum: Special thanks to TSgt.(Ret.) Richard Tung & his family for visiting! Tung was assigned to the 491st bomb group(h), 853rd Squ…
It's #NationalAviationDay! ✈️ #USAF has been a part of #aviation since its inception September 18, 1947. The… https://t.co/ESPaIUaJ1m
.@TeamEglin #Airmen drive innovation, increasing safety while saving money. https://t.co/xo30mkcHMg
RT @AFSpecOpsCmd: Callie is chillin’ with our CSAF 😎 @GenDaveGoldfein meets Callie, the only search-and-rescue dog in the @DeptofDefense,…
RT @AP_Top25: Secret's out on hard-hitting Air Force linebacker Kyle Johnson: He plans to attend graduate school, go through special forc…
Staff weather officers (SWO) from the 3d Weather Squadron were put to the test during a certification field exercis… https://t.co/wcGL2Dr2a1