Point of Contact
By Staff Sgt. Patrick McKenna, 102nd Public Affairs
/ Published December 31, 2014
OTIS AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mass. -- It may not be noticeable when Joint Base Cape Cod personnel arrive to work every day or when they sit down to dinner with their families in base housing, but there's a new dispatch system in place ensuring an even more secure Joint Base Cape Cod for its servicemembers and their families on base.
The 102nd Security Forces Squadron Base Defense Operations Center (BDOC) is now the central dispatch "hub" for all JBCC security including Camp Edwards Provost Marshal office, Army National Guard, and Coast Guard security agencies on JBCC. It will also incorporate the Barnstable County Sheriff's dispatch center for 911 services and the Massachusetts State Police for response support.
Previously, BDOC only monitored and dispatched 102nd Intelligence Wing security posts and patrols. All other agencies on JBCC operated independently.
With an installation the size of JBCC, which hosts three military services, dozens of government and non-government agencies and encompasses more than 20,000 acres of land, having a streamlined security dispatch system is crucial.
"Under this new system the BDOC functions 24 hours a day, 365 days a year as the hub for controlling the primary and alternate radio nets, monitoring all on-base security/police services to include 4 entry control points and multiple patrols as well as coordinating mutual aid response between on and off-base agencies," said Master Sgt. Marc Vercellone, 102 SFS operations superintendent.
This new partnership certainly brings additional responsibilities to the 102 SFS mission, but ultimately it comes with plenty of benefits, combining the capabilities of these different security agencies to become more efficient and standardized in securing JBCC.
"It will bring more efficient coordination among agencies, better access control, better response times, faster notifications when off-base support is needed - ultimately: a safer JBCC community," Vercellone said.