Camp Funston now houses redeployment facility site
Story by: Julie Fiedler
1ST INF. DIV. POST
Welcome home ceremonies now have a new "home" at Fort Riley, as Camp Funston's Building 1986 has been designated as the installation's primary redeployment facility.
The 8,000-square-foot facility has served mainly as a deployment operations facility for outbound manifests and briefings over the past several years. Now, it also will accommodate redeployment ceremonies.
"It gives us different options that we can do, as far as for reverse manifest site and ceremonies," said Scot Bird, installation transportation officer, Transportation Division, Directorate of Logistics.
Building 1986 can accommodate 800 people and includes visual overhead equipment with computer access, so Soldiers can conduct briefings. Additionally, bleacher seating can be configured to accommodate various setups, like large briefings or welcome home ceremonies.
The facility, often referred to as the Departure Airfield Control Group, or DACG, Rear, works in concert with DACG Forward, located at Forbes Field in Topeka, Kan., as well as Manhattan Regional Airport to coordinate troop movement and processing.
"Now that we've got (the building) at Forbes Field, we are right now utilizing Building 1986 as the deployment processing site and pushing (Soldiers) forward to Forbes Field to hold them. That still allows us to continuously operate the 24/7 sterile area, maintain accountability, where we don't have any interference," Bird said. "We're still able to continue the process back in (Building) 1986: get ready, get the next flight done."
During the redeployment process, Soldiers would previously make a stop at Building 1986 before being bused to the former redeployment facility, located on Custer Hill at Building 88312.
Using Building 1986 as the primary location now saves that extra stop at Fort Riley.
"By processing the Soldiers for reverse manifest at Forbes Field, they're able to come off the plane, process, load on the bus, come back," Bird said. "It actually will save some time on the amount of time that Soldiers will be away from their Family members."
Additionally, because the facility also can accommodate an operations team at Fort Riley, pre-inspections are conducted before equipment is moved forward for deployment.
"We'll do a pre-inspection here at Fort Riley … and we'll push the equipment forward to Forbes Field to the staging area, to the call forwarding area up there," Bird said.