VICKSBURG, Miss. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Mississippi Valley Division (MVD) hosted their Deployable Tactical Operations System (DTOS) Media Day at MVD headquarters in Vicksburg, MS, June 15. DTOS is a coordination of both teams and equipment combined to provide critical communications in the event of significant man-made or natural disasters in the United States and its territories.
DTOS is directed by USACE headquarters and supports the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Emergency Support Function (ESF) #3 missions such as temporary blue roof, temporary power, debris removal, and temporary housing.
MVD invited the public to tour one of USACE’s national critical assets, managed by DTOS, the Emergency Command and Control Vehicle (ECCV). The ECCV is a 47 foot long truck that contains a workspace for up to 11 personnel. The vehicle is fully deployable within 15 minutes and has a continuous runtime of 72 hours with a full tank of fuel. It has an onboard radio, two televisions, and satellite and cellular capabilities that can deliver communications to the USACE network or beyond.
Callie Russell, DTOS team lead, has a team of six members responsible for day-to-day maintenance and remain ready to deploy when needed.
MVD Commanding General Maj. Gen. Diana Holland spoke of the importance and responsibility of being the custodian to such a valuable USACE resource. She said, “In the event of a disaster, it is so important to be able to get our boots on the ground as quickly as possible. With the ECCV at our disposal, we can rapidly communicate our Corps missions and get the ball rolling.”
Release no. 21-050