by Marvin Krause
43rd Airlift Group
8/10/2015 - POPE ARMY AIRFIELD, N.C. -- Airmen
from the 43rd Airlift Group participated in an operational readiness
exercise here Aug. 3-4 testing their ability to deploy personnel and
equipment worldwide on short-notice.
The deployment exercise was initiated by Col. Kenneth Moss, 43rd AG
commander, with a recall of personnel and a deployment execution order
informing the installation deployment officer, unit commanders and
deployment managers of the personnel and cargo requirements for the
"Today, we are conducting a deployment exercise, testing our readiness
to deploy from home station to the AOR," said Ray Baloyot, Pope Field's
installation deployment officer from the 43rd Air Base Squadron. "On the
first chalk, we have 17 individuals and on the second chalk, we have 20
individuals from across the group including a little less than a ton of
cargo supported by the 43rd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron and the
Deployment planning and execution is conducted by implementing the
group's installation deployment plan that provides detailed procedures,
instructions and comprehensive data required to expeditiously deploy
personnel and equipment.
To deploy personnel, a personnel deployment function is established
consisting of representatives from the military personnel section,
Airman and Family Readiness Center, medical, legal and finance that
serves as the focal point for monitoring all personnel processing
activities. The PDF includes eligibility screening, pre-deployment
briefings, orders preparation and production, passenger manifesting,
baggage handling and passenger loading.
"The PDF does a last spot check on everyone's mobility records prior to
their deployment and to just make sure everyone is good to go to
deploy," said Tech. Sgt. Donell Walker, Noncommissioned Officer in
Charge of the personnel deployment function from the 43rd Air Base
The group commander's inspection team comprised of twenty subject matter
experts from multiple specialties conducted the inspection and
evaluation of the deployment exercise. They provide inputs for exercise
scenario development, inspect assigned areas and functions, evaluation
scenarios and inputs to the inspection report.
"We're processing two lines right now and the people handling it are
doing a great job of handling multiple folks at once," said James McVay,
43rd Airlift Group director of inspections. "Overall, we're pleased
with the performance of the participants."
McVay and the inspection team will provide the group commander and
senior leaders with an inspection outbrief after the exercise
highlighting their findings during their evaluations. In 30-days, they
will prepare a validated official exercise report for the commander and
Headquarters, Air Mobility Command.
The group inspection team conducts quarterly exercises that include deployment exercises depending on the commander's intent.
The 43rd AG's 900 active-duty Airmen and civilians provide contingency
outload, en route support and mobility operations for Joint Special
Operations Command, Fort Bragg's XVIII Airborne Corps and the 82nd
Airborne Division. This partnership with the Army provides the nation a
unique Joint forcible entry capability through rapid global airborne and
air assault operations within hours of notification. Missions can range
from humanitarian assistance to providing combat capability to the