"These young men and women in uniform who are fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq are fighting there because they believe in what they are doing. We have the greatest admiration for their willingness to serve and their willingness -- as they know, potentially -- to have a personal sacrifice." - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told reporters during a media roundtable at U.S. Pacific Command headquarters, May 31.
What is it? Since before the start of hurricane season June 1, the Army has been working hard to prepare for possible civil support missions. The Army may support civil authorities in response to a hurricane or other disaster to save lives, alleviate suffering or mitigate great property damage. United States Army North, the National Guard and the Army Corps of Engineers, have enduring missions that include civil support.
What has the Army done? To meet critical requirements during hurricane season, the Army has developed a comprehensive equipping strategy that includes making available Army active-duty and Reserve units and equipment if needed for hurricane response. Army North and the National Guard have completed rigorous training events that culminated in May with Ardent Sentry 2007. During this event, the Army practiced responding to a notional hurricane and other disasters with federal, state and nongovernmental agencies. The Army has also attended conferences and conducted rehearsal of concept drills to establish better relationships with interagency partners and to better determine possible requirements.
What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future? Soldiers and their Families should also make individual efforts to prepare. Those living in hurricane-prone areas should plan now where they will go if advised to evacuate. Families should create portable emergency kits that include additional items for Family Members with special needs and pets. Excellent disaster preparedness advice is available online at www.ready.gov.
Why is this important to the Army? The Army is committed to keeping Soldiers and Families safe while remaining prepared to save lives and alleviate suffering in the event of a hurricane or other natural or manmade disaster.
- 2007 Strategic Communication Guide - Be Army Strong, and Army Smart. Read the 2007 Army Strategic Communications Guide.