By Senior Airman Lauren Penney, 184th IW Public Affairs
On Oct. 18, the Roost Dining Facility and 184th Medical Group parking lots were filled with the numerous vehicles and equipment that support the 184th Intelligence Wing’s many missions.
Leadership from the wing and state headquarters received briefings on each squadrons budgets and the amount of funding needed to be able to operate efficiently. Afterwards, a tour was given so leadership could see for themselves how each squadron’s equipment works and what else they potentially needed.
With the majority of the Kansas National Guard being Army, the objective of the day was to educate state leadership on Air National Guard specific domestic operations equipment and to demonstrate how the Airmen utilize their capabilities.
“This was an effort to brief and show all the air specific capabilities and show how much funding Congress sets aside to equip the ANG to help mitigate emergencies and disasters that affect the states and communities we belong to,” said Master Sgt. Ross Chappell, emergency management superintendent, 184th Civil Engineering Squadron.
For the most part, operations and funding seem to be sufficient, with few problems.
“The main shortfall is transporting all of these DOMOPS pieces to a response,” said Chappell. “The National Guard Bureau sends these fantastic pieces of equipment, but outside the Mobile Emergency Operations Center none of these pieces have come with a prime mover.”
That’s where the joint operations comes in. The Army Guard has many more vehicles, which is written in as part of the state’s capability packages.
“There may be times we Air Guardsmen will have to rely on our Army counterparts to move our pieces of equipment to wherever they’re needed,” said Chappell.
About four months was spent planning for the DOMOPS capabilities briefing.
“We had many meetings involving our emergency management personnel from the 184th and 190th Air Refueling Wing, as well our Mission Support CC’s from both Wings,” said Col. Chris Ioder, director of operations, Kansas Air National Guard.
“My goal was to bring visibility to our KSNG DOMOPS capabilities, but more specifically capabilities unique of the KSANG,” said Ioder. “I wanted our KSNG leadership along with our KDEM representatives to see what the KSANG brings to the DOMOPS fight.”
Kansas National Guard leadership is responsible for keeping Army and Air Force Guardsmen trained and ready to respond to the incidents and disasters that happen.
“My hope is that everyone will begin to have a greater appreciation for and focus on our KSANG DOMOPS capabilities,” said Ioder. “That will mean better training and planning from our leadership going forward. Our KSANG capabilities and responsibilities need to be known not only by our Airmen, but also our local community officials.”