INDOPACOM prepares to activate House Drive command in Hawaii

Brig. Gen. Anthony Mastalir speaks with reporters at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii on Monday, Nov. 21, 2022, the day earlier than assuming command of U.S. House Forces Indo-Pacific Command. (Wyatt Olson/Stars and Stripes)

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii – U.S. House Forces Indo-Pacific Command will change into the fifth element command within the area when it’s activated Tuesday throughout a ceremony in Hawaii.

It joins U.S. Pacific Fleet, U.S. Pacific Air Forces, U.S. Army Pacific Command and U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific — all headquartered on Oahu — as element instructions beneath U.S. Pacific Command, the area’s combatant command.

Taking the helm can be Brig. Gen. Anthony Mastalir, who most lately was particular assistant to the commander, Mixed Drive House Element Command, U.S. House Command, at Vandenberg House Drive Base, Calif. Earlier than that he commanded the thirtieth House Wing and Western Launch and Take a look at Vary at Vandenberg.

The activation of U.S. House Forces Indo-Pacific Command is a message to the world that the area is “completely crucial” to america, Mastalir mentioned Monday throughout a media roundtable at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

“It is a sign to anyone who would wish to undermine both freedom of navigation, freedom of maneuver inside a free-and-open Indo-Pacific, or anybody that might wish to undermine the worldwide rules-based order that has been the muse for prosperity for all free nations that select to take part,” Mastalir mentioned.

“So, you wager, we’re right here: guardians of INDOPACOM.”

The House Drive was established in December 2019, and its mission is to coach and equip forces to guard U.S. pursuits in house and supply warfighting capabilities to the nation’s joint power. It’s liable for buying army house techniques.

The brand new element command will endure mission evaluation and planning for the subsequent half-year, Mastalir mentioned. That evaluation will assist decide whether or not guardians ought to be assigned completely or briefly with Army, Marines, Navy and Air Drive parts, he mentioned.

The variety of guardians initially serving in House Forces Indo-Pacific can be small, far fewer than the 1000’s of airmen, troopers, sailors and Marines within the ranks of present parts.

“It’s not a whole lot; it’s tens,” Mastalir mentioned, declining to offer a particular quantity.

He has been on island for a couple of month gearing up for activation, in no small half grappling with finest make the most of a small group of guardians.

“My aim is that guardians ought to be performing duties that solely guardians can carry out,” he mentioned. “And the explanation I say that’s as a result of I haven’t got sufficient guardians — the nation would not have sufficient guardians — to do the whole lot. So, we’ve got to be very explicit in regards to the duties that we tackle.

“If I used to be the biggest element, I would not be as fearful about that,” he mentioned. “I would have lots of manpower. However I am not. I’m by an order of magnitude, in some instances, two orders of magnitude, smaller than the opposite parts.”

Indo-Pacific guardians will concentrate on integrating house into operations plans and contingency plans to make sure that different element commanders “completely undoubtedly maximize the fight results obtainable from the house capabilities this nation has,” he mentioned.

These capabilities could be within the Indo-Pacific theater or in orbit, Mastalir mentioned.

“We do not have to personal or management these belongings as an area element so as to be sure that the opposite parts maximize their fight effectiveness,” he mentioned.

For instance, the Air Drive operates House Fence on Kwajalein within the South Pacific, which might concurrently monitor 200,000 items of the house junk orbiting Earth.

Guardians might use the information House Fence generates, amongst many different platforms, in assembly INDOPACOM’s aims.

“So we need not function the House Fence to derive advantages from the way it contributes to space-domain consciousness,” he mentioned.

“Actually, I am agnostic on what platform is offering that knowledge. I simply have to guarantee that it is integrated into the operations plans and contingency plans that we’ll execute.”