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613th Contingency Response Squadron

When Pacific Air Forces needs an expert opinion during an emergency situation in a foreign country, the 613th Contingency Response Squadron provides the answers. The 86th Contingency Response Group performs a similar role in Europe and the Air Mobility Command has several contingency response teams.

This team of specialists deploys first in the Pacific to an emerging crisis, such as aiding a country after a devastating typhoon or a military conflict. It assesses the situation for the next wave of support personnel, and reports to Headquarters PACAF by satellite link.

The unit generally would fly into an area on a C-130 aircraft, and then rely on the unit's contracting staff to acquire additional transportation if needed. The unit carries supplies to sustain itself for three days.

The response squadron was borne out of experiences similar to the 1999 American military response in East Timor, when planners realized they needed a better picture of the situation to better plan a response,

Activated in November 2000, the squadron is the first and only one of its kind in PACAF. Besides regular training exercises, some squadron members have deployed in real-life situations where specific skills were required. The squadron, based at Andersen, consists of highly trained officers and senior enlisted members who specialize in civil engineering, communications, fuels, logistics, contracting, financial management, force protection, intelligence gathering and counterintelligence, medicine and airfield operations



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