In short, every surface mission (whether a tactical SURFOPS mission or a foraging or repair mission by Maintenance) will be lead and monitored from MISCON. The surface teams will be carrying a GPS tracker (diegetically it’s another technology) for positional data, powerful radios and one or two night vision helmet cameras for a direct video feed from the mission.
Mission Commander (M-COM)
The mission commander leads a single surface operation from the MISCON room. The mission parameters and objectives are handed down to them by Command, and they are responsible for the mission from briefing the SURFOPS teams, to the actual leading of the mission to debrief.
The assistants helps the mission commander (or any of the MISCON stations) with anything and everything, mainly offloading manual tasks like checking up on details, taking notes or performing any other terminal work while the mission commander is busy. They also assist the Mission Commander in making tactical decisions, and in preparing or holding briefings.
The logger is responsible for writing down, in real time, a concise and detailed log of any surface operation. Timestamps, descriptions, orders, location, everything needs to be recorded diligently for later analysis or playback. The logger will typically be asked how much time has passed since some event (like hazardous exposure and environmental anomalies), or helping out with the debrief of a SURFOPS team after a mission.
The logging station works very closely to the COMMS station.
The sensor station monitors the different sensor systems available to the Outpost during a mission. Some sensors are passive, hidden out on the surface, others are active carried by or deployed by the SURFOPS teams. By analyzing sensor data and electronic traffic they may be able to detect incoming threats, locate enemy installations and profiling unknown sensor contacts.
Videolink (VIDLINK)The Videolink operator is basically charged with monitoring the video feeds from the SURFOPS teams, and taking screenshots of important material for later analysis. This is usually a rather slow position, and is often instead handled simultaneously by COMMS.
Navigation (NAV)Navigation is tasked with mapping routes for the SURFOPS teams, and having general knowledge of the terrain the team is working in. Contacts, ground installations and points of interest are also handled by NAV.
The comms station handles all communication between the SURFOPS teams and MISCON. This mostly entails radio, but also data traffic. Works closely to M-COM.