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1 11 th Rescue Coordination Center “One link in the worldwide SAR chain”

2 SAR RESPONSIBILITIES The U.S. SAR system is prescribed by the National Search and Rescue Plan (NSP) NSP establishes geographic areas and regions of SAR coordination responsibility each with its own SAR coordinator and SAR plan The NSP designates CDRPACOM as the SAR coordinator for the State of Alaska (Aeronautical SAR events) Delegated responsibility for SAR in Alaska: CDRPACOM ► COMPACAF ► 11 AF COMMANDER The task of organizing and executing SAR operations for the 11 AF/CC is delegated to the 611 Air Operations Center Commander and finally to the 11 th RCC State organizations may wish to retain established SAR responsibilities within their boundaries for ground SAR incidents primarily local or intrastate in character (AK Statutes)

3 11AF RCC MISSION 11AF RCC = Alaska Rescue Coordination Center AKRCC is the executive agent for the 11 AF Commander to plan, coordinate, and control DOD participation in military and civilian SAR operations. Tracks all 406 / / MHz Distress Beacons, aircraft ELT (Emergency Locator Transmitters – ELT) As of Feb 2009 Satellites will only process 406 MHz signals Primary agency responsible for military and aviation SAR in Alaska Coordinates with other AK SAR nodes – single point of coordination for DoD support to civil SAR in AK

4 AK SAR RELATIONSHIPS State of Alaska Department of Defense Department of the Interior Homeland Security Department of Public Safety 11AF/CC National Park Service USCG Alaska State Troopers Federal Parks SAR CG D17 RCC Juneau Land SAR Aeronautical/ Military SAR Maritime SAR 611 AOC/CC 11 RCC DoD & CAP

5 Alaska Rescue Ops 1,510,000 Square Kilometers 1/3 Size of USA Mainland Difficult Geography Harsh Arctic Weather Exposure Risk is High Busiest Rescue Units in USAF SAR Statistics – Highest per capita

6 Alaska Rescue Coordination Center  Active Duty Mission  Transferred to ANG – 1994  Staff function of the AKANG  176 Wing (Title 32)  12 on Staff (6 Rated Officers)  24 / 7 Operations

7 RCC STATISTICS MISSIONS 4,739 SAVES 1,801 ASSISTS 720 HOURS SORTIES 9,587 Cao 1 Jan 2011

8 MILITARY SAR RESOURCES AKRCC COORDINATES ALL DoD RESOURCES IN SAR EFFORTS WITHIN AOR FOR LAND SAR/MEDEVAC, RCC VALIDATES MISSION AND NO COMMERCIAL ENTITY AVAILABLE/CAPABLE TO PERFORM MISSION FLYING UNIT COMMANDER RETAINS COMMAND AUTHORITY AND DETERMINES OPERATIONAL METHODS & TACTICS

9 MILITARY SAR RESOURCES PRIMARY SAR ASSETS: - AK Air National Guard - AK Army National Guard - Active Duty - Civil Air Patrol (Air and Ground) Also utilize other agency SAR capability: - AST (Air, Ground, Volunteer Teams & NSB SAR) - USCG (Air, Maritime, Sector) - NPS (Air and Ground)

10 Partners working together, So Others May Live.


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