KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. --
A six-person Personnel Support for Contingency Operations team made up of 81st Force Support Squadron members is set to deploy from here this weekend to Texas to support Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery efforts.
The PERSCO team will be primarily responsible for the accountability of all the deployed military members supporting hurricane relief efforts in the area to include active, Reserve and Guard from all branches.
The PERSCO team will be stationed out of Kelly Annex near Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. All ground commanders will be responsible for reporting the status of their personnel to the PERSCO team on a regular basis.
“The team will have to account for all military members taking part in recovery and rescue efforts, no matter where they are they will be required to report their status up to the Air Force Personnel center in case members get seriously injured or go missing,” said Master Sgt. Krista Mercadel, 81st FSS military personnel section superintendent. “Accountability in vital to keeping commanders on the ground informed about service member strength at all times.”
Mercadel also mentioned that the team is ready and excited for this deployment and does monthly training to prepare themselves for just such a mission.
“The team is excited about going, their happy to be able to do their job in a deployed location,” said Mercadel, “the members of team Keesler are there for our fellow wingmen no matter where they are or the circumstances. “
The 81st FSS team includes of Chief Master Sgt. Leslie Jackson, superintendent, Master Sgt. Nikki Gulley, NCOIC career development, Tech Sgt. Jamie Bell, assignments counselor, Staff Sgt. Deltron McRae, student personnel assignment counselor, Senior Airmen Corey Easley, force management journeyman, and Thanh Ngan Le, retention counselor. They will be joined with five others service members from Goodfellow Air Force Base to create an 11-person team.
“This is why we’re here, to help people out and accomplish the mission,” said Lt Col Teresa Ammons, 81st FSS commander. “We’re very excited and so happy to be able to go down and help people get back on their feet.”