Edition: Thu, December 22, 2005
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Transformation is a journey. It is not a destination. And transformation is not synonymous with modernization. It is not only done in the material dimension of the process. It involves doctrine. It involves organization. It involves training. It involves the way we develop our leaders. It involves the way we structure our installations; the way we train, equip, raise our soldiers; how we treat our families.

Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker
Chief of Staff of the United States Army


Army National Guard & Homeland Defense

National Guard Homeland Defense missions are focused in four areas:
1. Integrating force protection and responsive critical infrastructure protection

2. Preparing for and mitigating the effects of multiple simultaneous chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high-yield explosive (CBRNE) events

3. Providing vital National Guard information technology capabilities required to support inter-agency information

4. Supporting prompt and coordinated federal Homeland Defense and Civil Support missions and Emergency Preparedness planning activities

Over the past four years, the National Guard has developed the following capabilities to better enable defense of the homeland:

Joint Force Headquarters - The Army and Air National Guard in each state and U.S. territory operates from a JFHQ, which allows greater command and control of units.

Civil Support Teams - CSTs rapidly respond, at the request of civil authorities, to suspected or actual terrorist attack sites, conduct special reconnaissance activities, and advise authorities on managing the effects of the attack.

Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Conventional High Explosive Enhanced Force Packages - CERFPs consist of traditional National Guard units which are trained to perform mass patient decontamination, casualty triage and medical response assistance.

Joint CONUS Communications Support Environment - The JCCSE connects each state's National Guard headquarters to the Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN), which helps identify and assess current and future threats to the homeland, issues timely warnings, and takes preventive and protective actions.

National Security Special Events - The National Guard provides general and specific support capabilities for events like the G8 Summit, the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, and Operation Winter Freeze (a Homeland Security border operation). Furthermore, the NSSEs include Guard support to national disaster areas.

Source: The Minuteman Review, Vol. I, Issue II, Army National Guard


Band of Brothers on the History Channel , Saturday, December 31 @ 1:45pm-7:30pm ET/PT

They were ordinary men, swept up in the most extraordinary conflict in history. With the eyes of the world upon them, they found their greatest source of strength in each other. From Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, this is the story of Easy Company--an elite team of US paratroopers whose WWII exploits are as incredible as they are true. Part 1 begins on June 4, 1944, in England, as Lts. Richard Winters (Damian Lewis) and Lewis Nixon (Ron Livingston) reflect on the past that led them to D-Day.