Rescue Operations Center: The Future Command and Control Node for Personnel Recovery Operations
Air War College Air University Maxwell AFB United States
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In August 2005, Hurricane Katrinas destruction caused one of the biggest search-and-rescue SAR operations in United States history. The 347th Rescue Wing at Moody AFB, in concert with other SAR contingents, deployed to Jackson, Mississippi where it was responsible for saving over 4,300 lives during the operations 11 days. Despite the outstanding accomplishments, the wing dealt with significant communications and command-and-control C2 issues. According to Brigadier General Callahan, the then 347th Rescue Wing commander, C2 of the overall air effort was initially very poor. The individual services and organization executed the C2 of their assets properly. However there was no coordination between services and organizations initially and even after it was beginning to solidify day 8 there still was no single JFACC.2 This was one of the many problems the responders had in obtaining, communicating, and managing information during this operation.31 To help alleviate the C2 concerns, the 23rd Wing redesignated from the 347th Rescue Wing in 2007 started discussing the Rescue Operations Center concept in late 2007.