by Staff Sgt. Alexander Martinez
JTF-505 Public Affairs
5/15/2015 - UTAPAO ROYAL THAI NAVAL AIRFIELD, Thailand -- With
humanitarian assistance and disaster relief an ongoing mission for
Joint Task Force-505 and other organizations in support of Operation
Sahayogi Haat in Nepal, the ability to effectively communicate with each
other and components in the region is critical.
Their communications rely on systems such as the Deployable Joint
Command and Control system, which is currently providing that critical
capability. DJC2 integrates software, hardware and processes to support a
shared-information environment consisting of joint, coalition,
multinational and nongovernmental agencies.
At Utapao Royal Thai Naval Airfield, site of the JTF-505 intermediate
staging base, a DJC2 configured with its core-capability configuration
is up and running, providing communication capabilities for the ISB
mission of ensuring supplies and personnel rotate in and out of Nepal.
The officer in charge of the Utapao ISB communications team, U.S. Marine
Capt. Jason Misner, said the system is very useful in humanitarian aid
and disaster relief contingency operations because of the ability to
tailor it to the size of the operation and the needs of its users.
"What makes DJC2 unique is that it allows us to easily add users, scale
networks to whatever we want it to look like, make it a joint network,
support users that need secure access and allow the systems to support
nongovernmental organizations," Misner explained.
JTF-505 also has DJC2 systems and operators in Nepal, configured to
their location with the necessary features for the location's mission.
"The systems in Nepal are headed by a good team and they're providing good communication support," Misner said.
The system is designed to be deployed and ready for use in a rapid time.
For the Utapao DJC2, the team had the entire system up and running in
less than 48 hours.
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Philip Lambeth, a JTF-505 communications
technician, helps monitor the DJC2 system at Utapao and said the system
enables the transport of supplies and personnel in and out of Nepal.
"We've been providing command and control function for the JTF-505, so
we're seeing planes being flown in and supplies going in an orderly
fashion," Lambeth said.
Other configurations of the DJC2 system include workstation equipment
such as tables, chairs and structures if needed; ensuring a deployable
communications system is available anywhere in the world.