The priority placed on Power Pack combat elements by the Joint Chiefs delayed movement of required point-to-point communications equipment, thereby extending the operational periods of the airborne command post. Once communications personnel and equipment arrived the primary workload for command and control communications shifted to ground installations. The Air Force Communications Service sent personnel and equipment from three of its mobile communications groups to the Dominican Republic. These groups furnished mobile navigational aids, air traffic control service, and local and long-range communications. Communications Service technicians working with Bendix Corporation representatives installed an MRC- 98 tropospheric-scatter communication link between the Dominican Republic and Ramey AFB. This two hundred-mile communications link with multi-channel voice and teletype capabilities became operational early in May, connecting the Dominican objective area with Defense Communications System terminals in Puerto Rico. This system linked communications in the area of operations with a major worldwide long-range communications system. 25
Analysis of Dominican air operations indicates limitations in basic planning, procedural instructions, logistical support, and personnel resources. Nevertheless, the participating forces performed remarkably well in moving a complete army division in one week from the United States 1,200 miles to an airfield having very limited facilities in spite of poor weather conditions, large formations, minimum navigational aids, and grueling flight conditions. Once an airhead had been established, air support provided the ground forces with logistic and fighter and reconnaissance support, which, although limited by flight restrictions, adequately met ground force requirements.