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JOINT PLAN FOR DoD NONCOMBATANT EVACUATION AND REPATRIATION
Nov 2005

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HEADQUARTERS, DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
WASHINGTON, D. C. 20310-0300

ANNEX A TO JOINT PLAN FOR DOD NONCOMBATANT REPATRIATION
JOINT REPATRIATION COORDINATION CENTER (JRCC)

1. SITUATION.

a. General. The Joint Repatriation Coordination Center (JRCC) is a joint operational cell established in the Pentagon by Department of the Army to support repatriation operations. Based on the magnitude of the evacuation, the JRCC will be activated and staffed at the call of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Army,G-1, the executing agent for repatriation for the Secretary of the Army.

b. Authority. See Basic Plan.

c. Assumptions. See Basic Plan.

d. Supporting Agencies. See Appendix 1.

e. Coordinating Departments, Commands, Agencies. See Basic Plan.

2. MISSION.

a. The JRCC has oversight of the entire repatriation operation, particularly to include the official DoD evacuees who process through the designated Repatriation Site(s). Additionally, the JRCC is responsible for ensuring that all DoD evacuees and families affected by the subsequent stop movement order receive adequate assistance and appropriate entitlements throughout the safe haven period. JRCC will coordinate orders, financial assistance, job assistance/job placement with parent organizations as required for respective stop movement families.

b. The JRCC will arrange for disposition of an official DoD evacuee who dies during the evacuation/Repatriation process by maintaining liaison with the Department of State, U.S. Embassy, the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology and the U.S. Army Casualty and Memorial Affairs Operations Center and/or local authorities as appropriate.

c. The JRCC is also responsible for keeping the Defense establishment and other Federal Agencies (on an as-needed basis) informed about the repatriation aspects of the operation.

3. EXECUTION.

a. Concept of Operation. At the onset of an evacuation, required team members will be notified based on the anticipated population to be served. Members of the JRCC will coordinate entitlement messages and other situational personnel guidance with their respective Services/DoD Agencies before distribution to the field.

b. Responsibilities. See Appendix 1 to this Annex for the composition of the JRCC agency. DoD representation will be based on the agency evacuation population. Team
representatives will also respond to the needs of respective family members who have been unable to process through the designated Repatriation Site(s).

c. Coordinating Instructions. Representatives will coordinate relevant information with their parent Headquarters, Major Commands and respective family members.

4. ADMINISTRATION AND LOGISTICS.

a. The JRCC Team Chief will ensure the JRCC telephone number (1-888-852-4880 and the Service Family Center toll-free numbers (See Annex H, Appendix 1) are passed to necessary commands, agencies, and designated Repatriation Sites so that communication lines can be quickly established.

b. Staffing of the JRCC will be based on requirements for the current operation. The JRCC may be required to function on two twelve-hour shifts. Services/Agencies tasked to provide JRCC members will ensure a minimum of one on-call alternate be designated for each position. JRCC team members must possess at least an interim Top Secret Clearance. (See Appendix 1 of this Annex.)

c. All DoD repatriation taskings and operational messages will be directed and released from the JRCC.

5. COMMAND AND COMMUNICATIONS. The JRCC Team Chief will have operational oversight of the repatriation mission.

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HEADQUARTERS, DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
WASHINGTON, D. C. 20310-0300

APPENDIX 1 TO ANNEX A JOINT REPATRIATION COORDINATION CENTER (JRCC)
COMPOSITION OF THE JOINT REPATRIATION COORDINATION CENTER

 


POSITION GRADE SOURCE
Team Chief (1) O-6/GM15 Army/(G-1)
Asst Team Chief (1) O-5/GS13-14 Army/(G-1)
Mil Personnel Rep (1) O-4/Civ Army (1) Navy
(1) Air Force
(1) Marine Corps
(1) JCS J1
Civ Personnel Rep (1) Civ/GS12 & above (1) Army
(1) Navy
(1) AF/NAF
(1) Marine Corps
(1) Air Force
(1) DoDEA
(1) JCS/J1
Family Spt Rep (1) O-5/O-4/Civ (1) Army
(1) Air Force
(1) Navy
(1) Marine Corps
(1) C. Guard
Entitlements Rep (1) JFTR Expert
JTR Expert
 
Trans Rep (1) O-5/O-4/Civ JCS/J4
Operations Rep (1) O-5/O-4/Civ JCS/J3
Public Affairs Rep (1) O-5/O-4/Civ OSD
Legal Affairs Rep (1) O-5/O-4/Civ Army
Finance Rep (1) O-5/O-4/Civ DFAS
Medical Rep (1) O-5/O-4 Army
TRICARE Rep (1) Civ TRICARE
Admin NCO (1) E-6/E-5 Army
Clerk Typist (1) N/A Army

Notes: Requirement will be based on number of Service/Agency affected personnel. Activation of the JRCC is approved by OSD and communicated to CJCS for execution. Army, G-1, as the DoD Executive Agent, coordinates with JCS to publish appropriate orders to the Services to man the JRCC. The JRCC will normally operate within the Personnel Contingency Cell (PCC) of the Army Operations Center (AOC) in the Pentagon. This is a secure area and an interim Top Secret clearance (at a minimum) is required. Members from the Services tasked to perform this mission typically will work for Army in a TACON role. The Army PCC is equipped with secure and non-secure phones, FAXes and computer terminals to allow rapid transition to a JRCC.

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HEADQUARTERS, DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
WASHINGTON, D. C. 20310-0300

APPENDIX 2 TO ANNEX A JOINT REPATRIATION COORDINATION CENTER (JRCC)
PROCEDURES FOR EVACUEE DEATHS

1. The purpose of this Appendix is to provide guidance and establish procedures and responsibilities for the accountability and disposition of remains for an official DoD evacuee who dies at any point during the evacuation/Repatriation process. Regardless of venue/scenario when an evacuee dies, appropriate documentation and notification must be filed. In general, when the DoD Executive Agent for Repatriation is overseeing the repatriation operation in CONUS, a Casualty Feeder Report (DA Form 1156) and a witness statement (DD Form 565) must be filed regarding the decedent. These forms may be found in Annex S of this Plan.

2. If an official DoD evacuee (i.e., employee, either military or civilian, or family member) dies overseas prior to departure for the designated safe haven, the Department of State and U.S. Ambassador as well as local authorities in country will be notified. The DA Form 1156 and DD Form 565 will be completed and forwarded to the local Casualty Assistance Center for processing. If the death occurs in a non-permissive environment, it may become necessary to proceed with a temporary burial, mark the coordinates and return to the site later to collect the remains for repatriation to the U.S. If an official evacuee from an agency other than DoD or a private American citizen dies at an overseas venue, the State Department will assume the lead for coordination and notification.

3. If an official DoD evacuee dies on board a plane bound for the CONUS destination, the captain of the plane may decide to land at an interim stop or continue to CONUS. If the plane is a DoD military aircraft, DoD will assume the lead for coordination and notification. State Department and the U.S. Embassy will be notified and the DA Form 1156 and the DoD Form 565 will be filed with the local Casualty Assistance Center. The Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) and the U.S. Army Casualty and Memorial Affairs Operations Center (CMAOC) as well as local authorities will be contacted upon arrival in CONUS. AFIP maintains a 24 hour duty phone at 301/319-0000 and CMAOC can be contacted at 1/800/626-3317. Same procedures would be followed if the plane stops at an interim point, e.g., Guam. If the plane is a commercial conveyance chartered by the Department of State, DoS will assume the lead for any death among evacuees regardless of classification. DoD will complete forms cited for any deaths among their constituency.

4. If an official DoD evacuee dies at the CONUS Repatriation Site during the repatriation operation, the local authorities and/or medical examiner are contacted as well as the DoS, U.S. Embassy, AFIP and CMAOC and the two forms previously discussed are completed and sent forward.

5. If an official DoD evacuee dies in CONUS as a result of traveling under an individually arranged travel itinerary, the Family Support Unit Service representative assigned to meet and support that DoD employee or family member will contact the appropriate Repatriation Service POC, who will then notify all concerned agencies and ensure that the two forms already mentioned are completed. If the decedent was staying with family, ensure that the family is assuming responsibility for disposition of the remains.

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