BH 16-2: Osan DRCC ensures global presence through deployment processes
By Senior Airman Dillian Bamman
51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs
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U.S. Airmen from the 51st Mission Support Group work inside of the Deployment Readiness Control Center (DRCC) during Exercise Beverly Herd 16-2 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Aug. 26, 2016. Team Osan’s DRCC serves as the hub for Airmen, cargo and equipment that deploy to and from Osan during exercises and real world contingencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dillian Bamman)
OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea, Aug. 25, 2016 —
Team Osan’s Deployment Readiness Control Center serves as the hub for Airmen, cargo and equipment that deploy to and from Osan during exercises and real world contingencies.
Inside the DRCC, there are multiple representatives throughout the 51st Logistics Readiness and Force Support Squadrons that monitor updates and changes to inbound and outbound aircraft.
“The big job of the DRCC is making sure the deployment process goes smooth, which takes facilitating and communicating the best we can to our representatives,” said U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Stuart McBride, 51st LRS NCO in charge of plans and integration.
“Whenever people and cargo come to Osan, we have vehicle operations, which will support all their transportation needs,” he added.
Transport of service members and cargo are separate processes, which according to McBride, the DRCC is equipped to handle through their representatives, including the 731st Air Mobility Squadron and Traffic Management Office.
“We also have unit reception monitors out of various units to come and get their people, like maintenance personnel deploying from another base,” said McBride.
For cargo, the DRCC works with 731st AMS Airmen who download incoming aircraft, which helps TMO to transport for units to retrieve.
To maintain their readiness capability, the DRCC took part in Exercise Beverly Herd 16-2 by practicing scenarios like rapid arrivals and departures of aircraft, as well as giving Airmen an opportunity to learn more in their respective career fields.
“I’m typically working on the deployment-side where we monitor what’s leaving the base, but with the exercise, I’ve been working what’s coming here instead,” said U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Kiara Diggs, 51st LRS logistics planner.
The exercise also introduced lessons learned to DRCC Airmen to better deployment processes and procedures.
“One of the takeaways from this exercise is making sure communication with our folks is happening as best as possible as well as making sure they have all the tools they need to complete their job,” said McBride.
The combination of all the DRCC’s functions ensure Osan’s “Fight Tonight” readiness is ironclad, and that readiness was displayed through their teamwork in Beverly Herd.
“We’re a tight-knit group between all our units,” said McBride. “We’re worked well together during the exercise, and it helps even more that we’re supporting a great team like Osan.”
Editor's note: The original story can be viewed on the Osan Air Base website.