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TF-Southeast leadership visits new joint ops center

Task Force-Southeast Defense Support to Civil Authorities

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. David Hollars, left, 85th Engineering Installation Squadron operations flight chief stationed at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., explains to U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Chad Franks, Task Force-Southeast commander, the setup of the communication rack and expansion capabilities in the new Joint Operations Center, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., April 2, 2020. The 85th EIS was able to set up the communications network for TF-SE's JOC in one week, two weeks ahead of projection. U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, is providing military support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help communities in need. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Amanda Dick)

Task Force-Southeast Defense Support to Civil Authorities

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Chad Franks, left, Ninth Air Force commander speaks with Royal Air Force Wing Commander Philip Holdcroft, Task Force-Southeast (TF-SE) future operations chief in the Joint Operations Center, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. April 7, 2020. TF-SE provides defense support of civil authorities in FEMA regions III and IV on behalf of the Department of Defense’s COVID-19 response. U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, is providing military support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help communities in need. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Ingold)

Task Force-Southeast Defense Support to Civil Authorities

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Benjamin Hedden, left, Task Force-Southeast command chief, tosses a coin while practicing social distancing to U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Corey English, 85th Engineering Installation Squadron project engineer stationed at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., as recognition for the work he did in preparing the new TF-SE Joint Operations Center, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., April 2, 2020. The 85th EIS set up more than 300 end-user drops and 300 miles of cable in the span of a week, two weeks ahead of projection. U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, is providing military support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help communities in need. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Amanda Dick)

Task Force-Southeast Defense Support to Civil Authorities

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Chad Franks, center, Task Force-Southeast commander, practices social distancing while thanking Airmen assigned to the 85th Engineering Installation, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., for the work they did in preparing the new TF-SE Joint Operations Center, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., April 2, 2020. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, is providing military support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help communities in need. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Amanda Dick)

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Maj. Gen. Chad Franks, Task Force-Southeast commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Benjamin Hedden, TF-SE command chief, visited the new TF-SE Joint Operations Center both right before and after TF-SE members moved into the location.

The JOC is used for current and future planning operations to provide defense support of civil authorities in FEMA Regions III and IV on behalf of the DoD’s COVID-19 response. U.S. Northern Command, through U.S. Army North, is providing military support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help communities in need.