by Tech. Sgt. David Speicher
175th Wing Public Affairs
5/3/2015 - BALTIMORE --
With Operation Baltimore Rally in full swing, many units at Warfield Air
National Guard Base are operating on a 24 hour a day basis to
accommodate Maryland Air National Guardsmen during the state of
emergency in Baltimore.
Master Sgt. Elizabeth A. Hicks, NCOIC Personnel Support for Contingency
Operations, has her team from the 175th Force Support Squadron at work.
They stood up an in processing station May 1 in the multi-purpose room
of the wing headquarters building. It is the focal point for members in
processing and going down range.
Hicks said they have checked that members have valid ID cards and dog
tags. "We have them fill out a locator card and give them a billeting
card. We place them in an arrival status, to use for accountability.
Accountability is our number one priority," said Hicks.
To accomplish 24 hour a day operations she is using 16 members working 12 hours on shift and then 12 hours off shift said Hicks.
They processed an initial group of approximately 400 people on Friday in
four and a half hours. "We have a good team and we did it," said Hicks.
"The whole purpose is to get them in and out as soon as possible."
As of Sunday morning, 416 Airman have been processed.
On the other side of the base, Chief Master Sgt. Richard P. Petrush,
175th Emergency Operations Center manager, started 24 hour a day
operations on April 28 at 1 p.m. when they received a warning order of
the pending operation.
The EOC supports whatever contingency operation the base supports. They
are there to support all Air National Guard assets that support the
mission. "We make it happen," said Petrush. The EOC is working with up
to 17 people per shift.
Feeding and a place to rest is the responsibility of Senior Master Sgt.
Dawn Porter's team. She is the 175th Services superintendent.
"We have fed them through contract feeding. We have bedded them down. We
are responsible for the portable showers. We do checks on the
generators and the hot water on the showers. We issued MRE (Meals Ready
to Eat) to the members that are going to Baltimore City. We have had the
dining hall open so troops can play games with the assistance of family
support," said Porter.
In addition to the 375 cots on base, services requested another 150 so
they would have 525. They set up the cots in the two of the aircraft
The services group had about 17 Airmen working to keep operations going 24 hours a day.
"These folks train for this, this what they go to school for. It is just
a different environment that we have to implement it in. This is the
first time a lot of my Airmen have practiced what they were taught."