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Communications Support

Air Force Protocol
from 'Til Wheels are Up'

Communications Support.

Double and triple check with all supporting agencies to confirm they have the latest changes. Leave nothing to chance -- if you do, you may be leaving your career to chance! Rarely does the visit proceed along the time line indicated in the itinerary. Normally, extra time is allotted here and there to account for unexpected delays during an event or in miscalculating travel time from point A to point B. It is important that you are able to communicate with follow-on locations in the itinerary, in case there is an unexpected delay that will affect the schedule. Therefore, you should carry a cellular phone at all times during a DV visit when you are away from the office. It is also important to have the cellular phone because the host usually relies on you to contact him or her to update the arrival or departure time of the DV for greeting and farewelling purposes. Many times you are with the DV en route to a location for the greeting or farewell and the cellular phone becomes your lifeblood.

There are several different models of cellular telephones on the market today that vary in capability. The most important thing for you to remember in this regard, since you may not have a choice as to the type of cellular phone issued to you, is to carry extra charged batteries.

You must ensure that all personnel or organizations participating in the DV visit have the most current copy of the itinerary, once the visit begins. Providing biographical sketches of the DV, proper uniform for the DV's visit, and purpose of the DV's visit are probably three of the most requested pieces of information by general and flag officers, who may be greeting, hosting, or farewelling, or any combination of the three. This information is normally part of the itinerary. Even providing the DV's driver with a pocket-size itinerary is a good idea, in case you become separated from the vehicle somehow. Speaking of pocket-size itineraries, you should always carry one during an assigned DV visit, where you can annotate the margins with notes and telephone numbers and have easy access to it.

You should always leave a copy of the itinerary back at the office while the DV visit is in progress, so that official personnel can contact you in the event of an emergency or be able to answer questions regarding the current status of the visit. Writing your cellular phone number on the front of the itinerary you leave at the office is a good idea as well, for obvious reasons.