HomeNewsArticle Display

123rd CRG completes successful U.S. TRANSCOM training mission with U.S. Army

Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group set up their base of operations for a Joint Task Force-Port Opening exercise known as Operation Lone Oak on June 7, 2021, at Volk Field, Wis. The objective of a JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network from scratch. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vicky Spesard)

Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group set up their base of operations for a Joint Task Force-Port Opening exercise known as Operation Lone Oak on June 7, 2021, at Volk Field, Wis. The objective of a JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network from scratch. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vicky Spesard)

Senior Airman Emily Goss, an aerial porter from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group, moves cargo during a Joint Task Force-Port Opening exercise known as Operation Lone Oak at Volk Field, Wis., June 11, 2021. The cargo movement was part of everyday operations during the JFT-PO exercise, which combined the efforts of the CRG with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element from Fort Eustis, Va. The objective of a JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vicky Spesard)

Senior Airman Emily Goss, an aerial porter from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group, moves cargo during a Joint Task Force-Port Opening exercise known as Operation Lone Oak at Volk Field, Wis., June 11, 2021. The cargo movement was part of everyday operations during the JFT-PO exercise, which combined the efforts of the CRG with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element from Fort Eustis, Va. The objective of a JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vicky Spesard)

Staff Sgt. Chandler Hunter, a security forces specialist from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group, checks a U.S. Army cargo carrier through the gate during a Joint Task Force-Port Opening exercise known as Operation Lone Oak at Volk Field, Wis., June 11, 2021. The cargo movement was part of everyday operations during the JFT-PO exercise, which combined the efforts of the CRG with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element from Fort Eustis, Va. The objective of a JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vicky Spesard)

Staff Sgt. Chandler Hunter, a security forces specialist from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group, checks a U.S. Army cargo carrier through the gate during a Joint Task Force-Port Opening exercise known as Operation Lone Oak at Volk Field, Wis., June 11, 2021. The cargo movement was part of everyday operations during the JFT-PO exercise, which combined the efforts of the CRG with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element from Fort Eustis, Va. The objective of a JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vicky Spesard)

U.S. Army Pfc. Jakiya Peele, a cargo handling specialist with the 690th Rapid Port Opening Element, guides cargo onto a truck during Operation Lone Oak at Volk Field, Wis., June 10, 2021. The RPOE worked in conjunction with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of a JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vicky Spesard)

U.S. Army Pfc. Jakiya Peele, a cargo handling specialist with the 690th Rapid Port Opening Element, guides cargo onto a truck during Operation Lone Oak at Volk Field, Wis., June 10, 2021. The RPOE worked in conjunction with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of a JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vicky Spesard)

U.S. Army Spc. Jeremiah Scott, a transportation specialist with 690th Rapid Port Opening Element, tracks the movement of cargo during Operation Lone Oak at Volk Field, Wis., June 10, 2021. The RPOE worked in conjunction with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of a JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vicky Spesard)

U.S. Army Spc. Jeremiah Scott, a transportation specialist with 690th Rapid Port Opening Element, tracks the movement of cargo during Operation Lone Oak at Volk Field, Wis., June 10, 2021. The RPOE worked in conjunction with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of a JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vicky Spesard)

Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group set up their base of operations for a Joint Task Force-Port Opening exercise known as Operation Lone Oak on June 7, 2021, at Volk Field, Wis. The objective of a JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network from scratch. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vicky Spesard)

Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group set up their base of operations for a Joint Task Force-Port Opening exercise known as Operation Lone Oak on June 7, 2021, at Volk Field, Wis. The objective of a JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network from scratch. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vicky Spesard)

Maj. Kevin Eilers (right), bio-environmental engineer for the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group, demonstrates how to use a wet bulb globe temperature apparatus to Master Sgt. Peter Vicini during Operation Lone Oak at Volk Field, Wis., June 9, 2021. The apparatus takes temperature readings to determine work-rest cycles during certain weather conditions, which became crucial for safety during an unprecedented heat wave over the course of the exercise. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vicky Spesard)

Maj. Kevin Eilers (right), bio-environmental engineer for the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group, demonstrates how to use a wet bulb globe temperature apparatus to Master Sgt. Peter Vicini during Operation Lone Oak at Volk Field, Wis., June 9, 2021. The apparatus takes temperature readings to determine work-rest cycles during certain weather conditions, which became crucial for safety during an unprecedented heat wave over the course of the exercise. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vicky Spesard)

Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group set up their base of operations for a Joint Task Force-Port Opening exercise known as Operation Lone Oak on June 7, 2021, at Volk Field, Wis. The objective of a JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network from scratch. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vicky Spesard)

Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group set up their base of operations for a Joint Task Force-Port Opening exercise known as Operation Lone Oak on June 7, 2021, at Volk Field, Wis. The objective of a JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network from scratch. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vicky Spesard)

Maj. Kevin Eilers (left) assists Lt. Col. Darin Jacoby, 123rd Contingency Response Group medical flight commander, to inventory medical supplies during a Joint Task Force-Port Opening exercise known as Operation Lone Oak at Volk Field, Wis., June 11, 2021. Jacoby treated Airmen and Soldiers for a wide range of medical needs during the exercise. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vicky Spesard)

Maj. Kevin Eilers (left) assists Lt. Col. Darin Jacoby, 123rd Contingency Response Group medical flight commander, to inventory medical supplies during a Joint Task Force-Port Opening exercise known as Operation Lone Oak at Volk Field, Wis., June 11, 2021. Jacoby treated Airmen and Soldiers for a wide range of medical needs during the exercise. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vicky Spesard)

Staff Sgt. Jacob Land and Tech. Sgt. David Gomes, aerial porters from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group, track cargo movements during a Joint Task Force-Port Opening exercise known as Operation Lone Oak at Volk Field, Wis., June 11, 2021. The movement was part of everyday operations during the JFT-PO exercise, which combined the efforts of the CRG with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element from Fort Eustis, Va. The objective of a JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vicky Spesard)
PHOTO DETAILS  /   DOWNLOAD HI-RES 10 of 23

Staff Sgt. Jacob Land and Tech. Sgt. David Gomes, aerial porters from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group, track cargo movements during a Joint Task Force-Port Opening exercise known as Operation Lone Oak at Volk Field, Wis., June 11, 2021. The movement was part of everyday operations during the JFT-PO exercise, which combined the efforts of the CRG with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element from Fort Eustis, Va. The objective of a JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vicky Spesard)

Aerial porters from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group and movement specialists with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element from Fort Eustis, Va., secure cargo during a Joint Task Force-Port Opening exercise known as Operation Lone Oak at Volk Field, Wis., June 11, 2021. The objective of a JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vicky Spesard)
PHOTO DETAILS  /   DOWNLOAD HI-RES 11 of 23

Aerial porters from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group and movement specialists with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element from Fort Eustis, Va., secure cargo during a Joint Task Force-Port Opening exercise known as Operation Lone Oak at Volk Field, Wis., June 11, 2021. The objective of a JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vicky Spesard)

Staff Sgt. Alexander Klosterman, a weather specialist with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group, takes wind measurements for airfield operations during a Joint Task Force-Port Opening exercise known as Operation Lone Oak at Volk Field, Wis., June 11, 2021. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vicky Spesard)
PHOTO DETAILS  /   DOWNLOAD HI-RES 12 of 23

Staff Sgt. Alexander Klosterman, a weather specialist with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group, takes wind measurements for airfield operations during a Joint Task Force-Port Opening exercise known as Operation Lone Oak at Volk Field, Wis., June 11, 2021. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vicky Spesard)

Aerial porters from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group offload cargo from an aircraft at Volk Field, Wis., June 11, 2021, as part of a Joint Task Force-Port Opening supporting Operation Lone Oak. The aircraft, from the Alaska Air National Guard, delivered trucks, supplies and personnel who were taking part in the Patriot North 21 exercise here. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vicky Spesard)
PHOTO DETAILS  /   DOWNLOAD HI-RES 13 of 23

Aerial porters from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group offload cargo from an aircraft at Volk Field, Wis., June 11, 2021, as part of a Joint Task Force-Port Opening supporting Operation Lone Oak. The aircraft, from the Alaska Air National Guard, delivered trucks, supplies and personnel who were taking part in the Patriot North 21 exercise here. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vicky Spesard)

Aerial porters from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group prepare to offload cargo from an aircraft at Volk Field, Wis., June 11, 2021, as part of a Joint Task Force-Port Opening supporting Operation Lone Oak. The aircraft, from the Alaska Air National Guard, delivered trucks, supplies and personnel who were taking part in the Patriot North 21 exercise here. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vicky Spesard)
PHOTO DETAILS  /   DOWNLOAD HI-RES 14 of 23

Aerial porters from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group prepare to offload cargo from an aircraft at Volk Field, Wis., June 11, 2021, as part of a Joint Task Force-Port Opening supporting Operation Lone Oak. The aircraft, from the Alaska Air National Guard, delivered trucks, supplies and personnel who were taking part in the Patriot North 21 exercise here. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vicky Spesard)

Aerial porters from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group prepare to offload cargo from an aircraft at Volk Field, Wis., June 11, 2021, as part of a Joint Task Force-Port Opening supporting Operation Lone Oak. The aircraft, from the Alaska Air National Guard, delivered trucks, supplies and personnel who were taking part in the Patriot North 21 exercise here. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vicky Spesard)
PHOTO DETAILS  /   DOWNLOAD HI-RES 15 of 23

Aerial porters from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group prepare to offload cargo from an aircraft at Volk Field, Wis., June 11, 2021, as part of a Joint Task Force-Port Opening supporting Operation Lone Oak. The aircraft, from the Alaska Air National Guard, delivered trucks, supplies and personnel who were taking part in the Patriot North 21 exercise here. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vicky Spesard)

Senior Airman Ricardo Aguilera-Salas, an aerial porter from the Puerto Rico Air National Guard who was augmenting the Kentucky Air National Guard's 123rd Contingency Response Group, guides cargo during Operation Lone Oak at Volk Field, Wis., June 11, 2021. Aerial porters moved cargo 24 hours a day during the exercise. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vicky Spesard)
PHOTO DETAILS  /   DOWNLOAD HI-RES 16 of 23

Senior Airman Ricardo Aguilera-Salas, an aerial porter from the Puerto Rico Air National Guard who was augmenting the Kentucky Air National Guard's 123rd Contingency Response Group, guides cargo during Operation Lone Oak at Volk Field, Wis., June 11, 2021. Aerial porters moved cargo 24 hours a day during the exercise. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vicky Spesard)

Vehicles from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group security forces stand ready in the night during Operation Lone Oak at Volk Field, Wis., June 10, 2021. The 123rd CRG worked in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of a JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vicky Spesard)
PHOTO DETAILS  /   DOWNLOAD HI-RES 17 of 23

Vehicles from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group security forces stand ready in the night during Operation Lone Oak at Volk Field, Wis., June 10, 2021. The 123rd CRG worked in conjunction with the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element to operate a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during the exercise. The objective of a JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vicky Spesard)

Senior Airman Tyler McCauley and Staff Sgt. Chandler Hunter, security forces specialists with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group, secure the gate during a Joint Task Force-Port Opening exercise known as Operation Lone Oak at Volk Field, Wis., June 11, 2021. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vicky Spesard)
PHOTO DETAILS  /   DOWNLOAD HI-RES 18 of 23

Senior Airman Tyler McCauley and Staff Sgt. Chandler Hunter, security forces specialists with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group, secure the gate during a Joint Task Force-Port Opening exercise known as Operation Lone Oak at Volk Field, Wis., June 11, 2021. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vicky Spesard)

U.S. Army Maj. Christopher Fields (center), commander of the 690th Rapid Port Opening Element, briefs incoming soldiers who will support a Joint Task Force-Port Opening exercise known as Operation Lone Oak at Volk Field, Wis., June 7, 2021. The soldiers are from Fort Eustis, Va., which is home to the Army’s three RPOE units. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vicky Spesard)
PHOTO DETAILS  /   DOWNLOAD HI-RES 19 of 23

U.S. Army Maj. Christopher Fields (center), commander of the 690th Rapid Port Opening Element, briefs incoming soldiers who will support a Joint Task Force-Port Opening exercise known as Operation Lone Oak at Volk Field, Wis., June 7, 2021. The soldiers are from Fort Eustis, Va., which is home to the Army’s three RPOE units. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vicky Spesard)

Soldiers assigned to the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element from Ft. Eustis, Va., combine efforts with Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group to establish a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during Operation Lone Oak at Volk Field, Wis., June 11, 2021. More than 50 RPOE soldiers supported the JTF-PO to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vicky Spesard)
PHOTO DETAILS  /   DOWNLOAD HI-RES 20 of 23

Soldiers assigned to the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element from Ft. Eustis, Va., combine efforts with Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group to establish a Joint Task Force-Port Opening during Operation Lone Oak at Volk Field, Wis., June 11, 2021. More than 50 RPOE soldiers supported the JTF-PO to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vicky Spesard)

Aerial Porters from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group move cargo 24 hours a day during Operation Lone Oak at Volk Field, Wis., June 10, 2021 as part of a Joint Task Force-Port Opening. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vicky Spesard)
PHOTO DETAILS  /   DOWNLOAD HI-RES 21 of 23

Aerial Porters from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group move cargo 24 hours a day during Operation Lone Oak at Volk Field, Wis., June 10, 2021 as part of a Joint Task Force-Port Opening. The objective of the JTF-PO is to establish a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vicky Spesard)

Staff Sgt. Remy Hammock (left), a member of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group, briefs his security forces mission to Maj. Gen. Laurie M. Farris, Air National Guard assistant to the commander, Air Mobility Command, during a Joint Task Force-Port Opening exercise known as Operation Lone Oak at Volk Field, Wis., June 9, 2021. Farris, who is responsible for advising the commander and staff on all air mobility issues impacting the Air National Guard, was familiarizing herself with the JTF-PO exercise, which tasked participants with establishing a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. Accompanying the general on the tour was Maj. Gen. James R. Camp (right of Farris), Air National Guard assistant to the commander of United States Transportation Command, and Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Wilkinson (not pictured), Kentucky’s assistant adjutant general for Air. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vicky Spesard)
PHOTO DETAILS  /   DOWNLOAD HI-RES 22 of 23

Staff Sgt. Remy Hammock (left), a member of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group, briefs his security forces mission to Maj. Gen. Laurie M. Farris, Air National Guard assistant to the commander, Air Mobility Command, during a Joint Task Force-Port Opening exercise known as Operation Lone Oak at Volk Field, Wis., June 9, 2021. Farris, who is responsible for advising the commander and staff on all air mobility issues impacting the Air National Guard, was familiarizing herself with the JTF-PO exercise, which tasked participants with establishing a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network. Accompanying the general on the tour was Maj. Gen. James R. Camp (right of Farris), Air National Guard assistant to the commander of United States Transportation Command, and Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Wilkinson (not pictured), Kentucky’s assistant adjutant general for Air. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vicky Spesard)

Lt. Col. Ryan Adams of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group observes cargo off-loading procedures by CRG aerial porters at Volk Field, Wis., June 11, 2021, during a Joint Task Force-Port Opening exercise known as Operation Lone Oak. Adams served as JTF-PO commander for the exercise, which tasked participants with establishing a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network from scratch. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vicky Spesard)
PHOTO DETAILS  /   DOWNLOAD HI-RES 23 of 23

Lt. Col. Ryan Adams of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group observes cargo off-loading procedures by CRG aerial porters at Volk Field, Wis., June 11, 2021, during a Joint Task Force-Port Opening exercise known as Operation Lone Oak. Adams served as JTF-PO commander for the exercise, which tasked participants with establishing a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network from scratch. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vicky Spesard)

VOLK FIELD, Wis. -- More than 100 Airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group joined approximately 50 Soldiers the U.S. Army’s 690th Rapid Port Opening Element to participate in Operation Lone Oak, a U.S. Transportation Command Turbo Distribution exercise held here June 7-12.

The exercise was designed to test the rapid-assessment and airfield-opening capabilities of contingency forces and establish a Joint Task Force-Port Opening, which is a complete air logistics hub and surface distribution network.

Airmen were responsible for establishing an Aerial Port of Debarkation, which received and staged cargo arriving by airlift. The Soldiers simultaneously established a ground transportation network, shuttling cargo away from the airfield to a forward node for onward movement by external agencies.

Although the APOD and the forward node were established in geographically separate areas and in a notionally semi-permissive environment, the operation ran smoothly thanks to seamless cooperation between the two military elements, according to Air Force Lt. Col. Ryan Adams, JTF-PO commander for the exercise.

“It was amazing to see how our folks combined with the Army and came together as one joint team to do the job we did for this exercise,” Adams said. “We faced extreme heat conditions and a severe weather event on the flight line that suspended the exercise for a short time, in addition to the normal challenges posed by an experienced exercise control group, yet our Airmen and Soldiers never stopped working and helping each other out. It was a tremendous effort by everyone.”

A JFT-PO is designed to deploy to austere areas that lack facilities or forces to safely and effectively distribute cargo and supplies to end users, or to move relief supplies into areas affected by catastrophic events such as floods, earthquakes and hurricanes.

JTF-POs deploy with everything needed to establish cargo operations, from power production, communications gear and material-handling equipment to aircraft mechanics, security forces and civil engineers. Once a JTF-PO is fully established, the mission is handed off to replacement forces that will constitute a longer-term distribution operation.