DoMaD supports ‘Prime BEEF’
Ashley M. Alameda,
DoMaD Public Affairs:
The Directorate of Mobilization and Deployment is a Joint Mobilization Site facilitating the deployment of Army, Air Force and Naval Reserve and National Guard components. The majority of military personnel processed through the several departments of DoMaD are Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers. DoMaD and Fort Bliss accommodate the Air Force and Navy more than most people know.
DoMaD facilitates the issue of most military-issued individual equipment to all troops who deploy through this local JMS, regardless of branch. The U.S. Air Force Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force, or Prime BEEF, serves as an excellent example.
USAF Prime BEEF teams are specialized, rapid-deployable, civil engineer units that provide a wide variety of capabilities to support personnel, aircraft and airbase operations.
This team of 55, led by Maj. Oscar Brenninkmeyer, employs personnel from all over the world mobilized in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Prime BEEF arrived to Fort Bliss May 28.
One step in the mobilization process includes the Central Issuing Facility and Rapid Fielding Initiative for their individual equipment issue.
DoMaD processes thousands of deploying military personnel every year. Last fiscal year nearly 12,000 Soldiers, Airmen and Sailors mobilized through DoMaD’s JMS. As of April 30, DoMaD has successfully served 6,000 servicemembers since October.
Equipment is issued depending on the unit’s mission, location of mobilization and the unit’s capabilities. Each servicemember averages $3,500 of gear received. So far this year, DoMaD has supplied Soldiers, Airmen and Sailors personnel with $21 million in equipment needed to complete various missions around the world.
As Prime BEEF team members file through the many stations of the CIF, they are issued equipment they will use during training at McGregor Base Camp, N.M., where DoMaD staff operates the “Mayor’s Cell.” Before the unit’s deployment, DoMaD will fulfill any equipment deficiencies and missing item requests through the Mayor’s Cell, and provide administrative and logistical support during this training. Once the unit completes training and departs to take on their mission, they bring the equipment with them.
DoMaD re-acquires the responsibility of serving the unit when they are on track to redeploy back through this JMS. Upon their return, the equipment is returned to CIF and RFI, and the unit and its servicemembers return to their home stations.
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