For 369 years, defense of our homeland, both here and abroad, has been the National Guard's focus- and as the nation's militia force, that focus will never change.
LTG H. Steven Blum
Chief, National Guard Bureau
National Guard Homeland Defense White Paper: Sept. 11, 2001, Hurricane Katrina, and Beyond
Here are some highlights from the White Paper on Homeland Defense, which has been released by the National Guard Bureau. You may view the entire paper at www.arng.army.mil
In this paper, the following topics relating to Homeland Defense and the National Guard are addressed.
- Homeland Defense in the Wake of 9-11:
- Critical Infrastructure and Force Protection
- Airport Security
- Civil Support in Response to Hurricane Katrina:
- Louisiana National Guard in recovery efforts.
- Task Force Engineers rebuilding local communities.
- Florida Air National Guard restoring power, refurbishing electrical supplies and repairing schools.
- Water purification mission by North Dakota Guard.
- Aviation crews flying 4 to 15 food and water supply missions daily.
- National Special Security Events (NSSEs):
- 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.
- G-8 Summit Conference in Savannah, Georgia.
- 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston, Massachusetts.
- Operation Winger Freeze supporting US Customs and Border Protections' Border Patrol.
- Strategy for Improved Homeland Defense in the Future:
- Integrating force protection
- Preparing for multiple chemical, biological, radiological/nuclear, and high-yield explosive events.
- Providing National Guard information technology to support inter-agency information sharing .
- Supporting prompt and coordinated Federal HLD and Civil Support missions and Emergency Preparedness.
See the National Guard Bureau website at www.ngb.army.mil
Bound for Glory
What happens when you send a Drill Sergeant to help out a high school football team? Find out in the reality show "Bound for Glory: The Montour Spartans" airing every Tuesday at 10pm EST on ESPN.
If you want to get ahead in life, it takes hard work.That's what Drill Sergeant Self is teaching the high school football players at Montour High.
This ESPN reality-based series will be eight one-hour episodes. Below you'll see the episode schedule ending with a Thanksgiving Day marathon.
See Bound for Glory on ESPN.