Academic journal article Military Review

DOCC-Personnel Recovery

Academic journal article Military Review

DOCC-Personnel Recovery

Article excerpt

CW5 John D. Wallace, USA, Fort Hood. Texas--General Burwell B. Bell's Military Review article, "The New DOCC" (January-February 2003), is informative and well thought out. Bell addresses many deep operations coordination cell (DOCC) problem areas such as personnel, equipment and techniques. One area he does not address is personnel recovery (PR). Combatant commanders today direct all units in their areas of responsibility (AOR) to conduct personnel recovery in support of their own operations. If a corps is "JSCP'd" [Joint Strategic Capabilities Plan] against a theather, its commander Should take the time to read the joint Task list and initial AOR-entry PR requirements. A corps' PR programs has strategic, operational, and tactical implications, and it stretches the corps PR battlespace from the seaport of debarkation through the ground component's command's forward boundary. Success in personnel recovery will not be achieved by assigning the task to the next available liaison officer.

I suggest that the hub of a viable corps PR program reside in a rescue coordination center in the corps DOCC fusion cell, and that the rescue coordination center position, located within the G3 Air, be staffed by an aviation Chief Warrant Officer 5 with a carrer field designation "I" or by a tactical operations officer. If staffed by a nonaviation operations officer, the officer should be trained through the Joint Targeting Staff Course, the Joint Search and Rescue Coordinator Course, the Joint Aero-space Command and Control Course, and the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency PR (JPRA) 101/301. …

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