Information Papers

Defense Support to Civil Authorities: Special Events for 2007

What is it?
Each year, the Army provides military support for various events to enhance security and showcase Army capabilities as a part of its Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DSCA) program.

What has the Army done?
The January 28, 2008, State of the Union Address was a National Special Security Event. The U. S. Secret Service was the lead federal agency responsible for security planning, with the U. S. Capitol Police providing security for the Capitol Building. The Capitol Police requested assistance from the Secretary of Defense, who tasked the military services for resources. Army support included commitment of the Military District of Washington (MDW) for command and control; an infantry regiment with a headquarters company from the 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard); the 12th Aviation Battalion; a collapsed-building search-and-rescue; military police detachments from Forts Meade, Myer, and Belvoir; and a Veterinary Medical Support Unit. The Army prominently supported Super Bowl XLII held February 3, 2008, in Glendale, Arizona.

The Army provided support to Pope Benedict XVI’s first visit to the United States April 15-20 2008. The visit began in Washington D.C. and concluded in New York City, NY. Pope Benedict XVI met with President Bush at the White House, held Mass at National Park and Yankee Stadium, addressed the United Nations General Assembly, and visited Ground Zero in New York City. The Army provided Explosive Ordinance (EOD) Teams and EOD Veterinary support to both cities during the entire visit.

DoD sponsors Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) on the National Mall every year to recognize contributions of individuals dedicated to public service to our country. The Army participates with static displays and demonstrations to show appreciation, displays Army capabilities to the public, and honors accomplishments of Soldiers and the Army. For the 2008 PSRW conducted May 4-7, the Army provided ceremonial support, K-9 dog support, mine and mine defense displays, an EOD display, various combat and combat support system displays, a Weapons of Mass Destruction Unified Command Suite, a Mobile Analytical Lab System display. Also included was a marksmanship training van, the Freedom Team Salute exhibit, the Army Adventure van, a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle, a 155mm Howitzer, Patriot Launcher, a Tactical Fire Truck and orientation teams from the National Guard, U.S. Army Reserve, 3rd, 10th, 82nd, and 101st Divisions.

The Department of Defense (DoD) sponsors a Joint Services Open House (JSOH) at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., every year to display the capabilities of U.S. Armed Forces. Army participation in the 2008 JSOH (May 16–18) included ceremonial support; K-9 dog support; medical support; personnel and logistics support; a demonstration by the Golden Knights Parachute Team; the Army National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) car. Static displays were provided on the following topics: mines and mine defenses, explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), the Army Material Command, and the Army Intelligence and Security Command, Counter Drug and the Military District of Washington Display. The Army also provided a vast array of Army combat and combat support systems including the following: M-1A2 Abrams, M-2A3 Bradley, Patriot Launcher, Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle, Avenger Air Defense Artillery, Reverse Osmosis Water Purification (ROWPU) Unit, Smoke Generator, Dry Support Bridge Launcher, Common Bridge Transporter w/boat and crane and the Army Marksmanship Trainer. Additionally, exhibits were provided on Operation Tribute to Freedom, Freedom Team Salute, the Army Adventure Van, the Weapons of Mass Destruction Unified Command Suite, and the Mobile Analytical Lab System. Completing the Army’s contribution were orientation teams from the National Guard, U.S. Army Reserve, and 3rd, 10th, 82nd, and 101st Divisions; and 350 Soldiers assisting with security.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army will continue to provide support to civil authorities when requested. Army agencies will continue providing displays and personnel at special events.

Why is this important to the Army?
The Army’s DSCA support contributes to the security of highly publicized events and enhances the Army’s public image.