IT2 Bemley is moving ahead with rapid response unit

Story and photo by MC2 (SW) Mark Logico

Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs

Information Systems Technician 2nd Class (SW) Dimple Bemley is this week’s Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Warrior of the Week.

Hailing from Huntsville Mo., Bemley was a student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in music when an injury halted her cheerleading scholarship and education in 1999. Bemley said that it was a sad moment to lose her cheerleading scholarship, but after a year working two jobs and attending night school, she decided it was time to change.

“I said I don’t want to do this anymore,” Bemley said. “I wanted to be something, so I decided I was going to join the United States Navy.”

On New Year’s Day 2001, Bemley joined the U.S. Navy with advice from a family member to sign up as an information systems technician.

“I started out my career in Japan aboard the lovely USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19),” Bemley said. “I love that ship.”

While aboard Blue Ridge, Bemley traveled to several ports including in Singapore, Thailand, Korea, Africa, Noumea and Hong Kong.

“I probably have been to more countries than I’ve been to states,” Bemley said. “When I was young, I didn’t really go too far. When I was on the Blue Ridge, I’ve seen a lot of places. That’s what made me love the Navy. I chose the right ship that took me everywhere.”

Bemley’s other tours of duty include Keflavick, Iceland; U.S. Pacific Fleet in Hawaii; and, currently, Joint Maritime Ashore Support Team Pacific (JMAST PAC) in Wahiawa, Hawaii.

“The Navy was great to me because it made me go places I’ve never been,” Bemley explained. “I mean, look at me, I’m in Hawaii. People dream and save their whole life to go to Hawaii, and I’m here for free. I can check that off the block.”

Bemley is currently the information technician work center supervisor at JMAST PAC, a rapid response unit under commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet. JMAST PAC provides expeditionary command and control capability to assigned forces via secure video, voice and data systems during all aspects of joint military operations anywhere in the Pacific region.

“We are a tacmobile (tactical/mobile) unit,” said Bemley, whose primary duty is to maintain all communication equipment for the unit. “Anyone requesting communication services, once the message hits the ground, we are able to get everything ready within 48 hours for deployment. We fly out and set up within 24 hours,” she said.

In 2009, Bemley deployed with JMAST PAC to Thailand to provide command center support in the aftermath of a cyclone that hit Burma. JMAST PAC’s capabilities were used for other rapid response teams until a more permanent command and control center could be deployed and constructed for support.

The unit’s main goal is to maintain 48-hour readiness to respond to any real world events, including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

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