Pacific Fleet commander visits USARPAC CCP

| November 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

Col. Thomas Kunk (front, right), chief of operations, USARPAC CCP, discusses the capabilities of the CCP with Fleet Adm. Cecil Haney (front, left), commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, during Haney’s visit to the CCP, Nov. 7. (Maj. Edward Hooks | U.S. Army-Pacific Contingency Command Post Public Affairs Office)

Staff Sgt. Richard Colletta
U.S. Army-Pacific Contingency Command Post Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — Fleet Adm. Cecil Haney, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, visited the U.S. Army-Pacific Contingency Command Post, here, recently, to get a firsthand look at its operations and capabilities.

The CCP is a flexible and rapidly deployable unit that is specifically tailored to specialize in disasters and humanitarian crises in the Pacific region.

Soldiers with the USARPAC CCP welcome Fleet Adm. Cecil Haney (fifth from left), commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, to the command post, Nov. 7. (Maj. Edward Hooks | U.S. Army-Pacific Contingency Command Post Public Affairs Office)

Its Humanitarian Assistance Survey Teams, or HASTs, deploy to disaster-stricken areas to provide boots-on-ground, real-time assessments in disasters.

CCP Soldiers illustrated some of these aspects to Haney via a mobile operations display consisting of a Deployable Rapid Assembly Shelter, or DRASH (vehicles, communications equipment and Soldiers), set up as it would be for a forward mission at the CCP.

“It’s a great opportunity to get a glimpse of the CCP operations,” Haney said.

Haney also spoke about the diversity of the Pacific region and its “Ring of Fire,” an area in the Pacific known for earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and its potential for what he called “spark plugs,” or incidents.

“It’s important to have flexible packages like the CCP,” Haney said. “Getting to see all this really expands my vision of how we’re able to respond to crisis.”

HAST teams are comprised of Soldiers from across a spectrum of military occupational specialties. These teams are dedicated specifically to the CCP mission and are on call 24/7 to deploy and respond to disasters in the Pacific region.

Sgt. Manuel Lopez (right), information systems NCO, USARPAC CCP, highlights the capabilities of the Broadband Global Area Network system to Fleet Adm. Cecil Haney (front left), commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet. (Maj. Edward Hooks | U.S. Army-Pacific Contingency Command Post Public Affairs Office)

During Haney’s visit, CCP Soldiers proudly displayed some of their special equipment, including portable satellites, mobile video conferencing kits and all terrain vehicles. Together, all of these Soldiers, skills and equipment translate into a wide range of capability, whether it’s in a crisis situation or on the battlefield.

“It’s the menu of skill sets we can bring to bear on whatever situation could be developing out here in the Pacific,” said Col. Thomas Kunk, chief of operations, USARPAC CCP.

“That’s what makes the Contingency Command Post such a great resource for the commanding general, USARPAC and PACOM,” Kunk added. “The Soldiers have stepped up, do the mission with a great deal of pride and are always ready to go if called upon.”

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