Tuesday September 21, 2010
What is it?
The U.S. Army Pacific's Contingency Command Post (CCP) is a lean, deployable element of the Theater Army Headquarters, designed specifically to meet requirements for a limited command and control capability which is theater-committed and immediately available to respond to crisis situations anywhere within the area of responsibility. The CCP is comprised of 96 dedicated personnel with the capability of deploying an initial nine-person deployment assessment team, followed by a team of 14 within 24 and 48 hours, respectively, upon notification.
What has the Army done?
Each year, the local and state Hawaii government, U.S. Federal Government and Department of Defense participate in a statewide scenario-driven hurricane preparation exercise known as Makani Pahili, which means "strong wind" in Hawaiian, held this year May 24 through June 4.
This year's iteration of the hurricane preparedness exercise introduced the Contingency Command PostCCP's deployment assessment team which rolled out of Fort Shafter, Honolulu, June 1 with the mission of deploying a nine-man team within 24 hours notification to provide vital operational assessments and establish the core for a larger scalable CCP headquarters.
The team went through a rigorous alert and load out sequence which had the DAT move to Barber's Point Coast Guard Station to validate their load plans on the Coast Guard's C-130 transport aircraft.
Among the critical tasks the DAT validated was its ability to conduct critical assessment and reporting. This required the DAT to deploy its assessment team throughout Oahu, which included Dillingham Airfield along Oahu's north shore, Tripler Army Medical Center, and Schofield Barracks. The exercise allowed CCP to test its communications infrastructure and validate its communications with the main command post in an operational environment.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The CCP continues to develop its capacity and capabilities through a series of certifying events in August and December 2010. The CCP is expected to be fully mission capable in April 2011.
Why is this important to the Army?
Once operational, the CCP will be the deployable arm of the theater Army in the Pacific which will give the USARPAC and U.S. Pacific Command commanders the flexibility of having immediate response command and control element forward in the PACOM area of responsibility to respond to small scale contingency operations such as a natural disaster or a humanitarian assistance mission.
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