Edition: Tue, January 03, 2006
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The American people are deeply in your debt. Because of what you do, how well you do it, and your willingness to do it on their behalf. (ARNEWS article )

Donald H. Rumsfeld
Secretary of Defense


Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region ( JFHQ-NCR)

JFHQ-NCR stood up in 2004 as an integrated force to make the nation's capital a 'hard target'.

Located at Fort Lesley J. McNair, D.D., JFHQ-NCR is responsible for:

- Land based homeland defense
- Defense support to civil authorities
- Incident management in the national capital region.

JFHQ-NCR is focused on the entire NCR, an area totaling approximately 2,500 square miles and encompassing six counties, four cities in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

When called upon, JFHQ-NCR coordinates with the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard to become a Joint task Force National Capital Region (JTF-NCR) that integrates the special abilities of each service. JTF-NCR then coordinates with civil authorities to safeguard the nation's capital.

U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) is responsible for land homeland defense and civil support operations throughout the North American continent. JFHQ-NCR is USNORTHCOM's subordinate for safeguarding the nation's capital.

JFHQ-NCR comprises five local military services:

- US. Army Military District of Washington
- Naval District Washington
- US Marine Corps National Capital Region
- US Air Force District of Washington
- US Coast Guard Fifth District

JFHQ-NCR is part of a team of local and federal agencies that plans, coordinates and maintains situational awareness in the National Capital Region. JFHQ-NCR will assist, if required, in federal, state and local efforts to safeguard the nation's capital.

More than that, each military service has unique skills and capabilities, all of which are assets available to USNORTHCOM. These assets can augment those of JFHQ-NCR.

JFHQ-NCR extends and sustains homeland defense efforts of the lead federal agency by integrating all military capability required in an emergency. It will facilitate requests for military assistance from its local partners and will receive, stage, move onward and integrate into a coordinated response those additional units.

Although not a law enforcement agency, JFHQ-NCR provides defense support to civil authorities, if required.

JFHQ-NCR is an integrated, total force prepared for the 'home game'.

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