Definition/Scope: (FM 3-04.126) The on-scene commander (OSC) is the person designated to coordinate recovery operations within a specified area. He does not have to be in an aircraft; he may be ground or vessel based, but must be proficient in all PR procedures and have the ability to communicate with higher. While the Air Force qualifies a pilot to act as OSC, any Army aircrew may be called upon to act in this capacity. In fact, if any aircraft goes down, the first aircraft to arrive on scene (wingman) assumes OSC responsibilities regardless of proficiency. The OSC checklist may be found in the theater SPINS . While the Air Force qualifies a pilot to act as OSC, any Army aircrew may be called upon to act in this capacity. Other responsibilities of the OSC include: establishing and authenticating communication with isolated personnel; locating isolated personnel and passing initial information to the AMC via the RMB; conducting a threat assessment of the objective area (avoid highlighting the isolated personnel’s location); completing the OSC checklist; determining the health/condition of isolated personnel and passing status to the AMC; and reauthenticating isolated personnel after OSC changeover only when the situation warrants. COMMON The on-scene commander is normally the first person who has the experience, knowledge, and capability to perform the necessary leadership actions required for that particular operation. It could start out as the first law enforcement officer who then turns it over to the duty officer who then turns it over to the Chief of Police or equivalent.
Narrower Terms:downed aircraft recovery team
Related Terms:battle watch commanders