"(If) those surge forces go away, that capability goes away, and the Iraqi security forces aren't ready yet to do that. If you did that, ... you'd find the enemy regaining ground, reestablishing sanctuary, building more (improvised explosive devices), carrying those IEDs in Baghdad, and the violence would escalate. - Army Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, commander of coalition forces, said in an interview on CNN's "Late Edition With Wolf Blitzer," July 8.
What is it? Since 1989, the National Guard Counterdrug (NG CD) Program has been supporting law enforcement agencies (LEAs) and community based Organizations (CBO's) in the fight against illegal drugs (supply interdiction and drug demand reduction). Soldiers and Airmen working in the NG CD Program have maintained a successful working relationship with over 5,000 LEAs throughout the nation. Many of the Counterdrug Program's capabilities and equipment are available to also support Homeland Defense efforts by NORTHCOM. Army National Guard (ARNG) personnel are an integral part of the synchronized cooperation between and among Department of Defense (DoD), federal, state and local agencies across the full spectrum of Counterdrug Homeland Defense operations. As drug trafficking and terrorism continues to grow, the dedicated Soldiers and Airmen of the NG CD Program will persist in their untiring efforts to support LEAs and CBOs in the fight against drugs.
What has the Army done? Recent ARNG activities include:
- Several members of the NG CD Program were honored for their service to local, state, and federal governments at the 18th Annual Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) in May 2006.
- In 2005, the National Guard's Drug Demand Reduction Program reached more than 5.1 million students and family members with an antidrug message. California's program sponsored an essay contest with the theme "How I Choose to Live a Drug-Free Life." This contest earned 30 winners tuition to the National Teen Leadership Program conference.
- Counterdrug forces supported Hurricane Katrina operations in 2005, deploying 35 aircraft to the Southeast from 25 states. These aircraft flew more than 1,200 hours performing search and rescue operations and providing photographic and infrared reconnaissance to assist officials in determining damage levels at the levees and in surrounding communities. CD forces were directly responsible for saving 604 lives utilizing their amphibious light armored vehicles to rescue people from areas inaccessible by boat or air.
- This topic was taken directly from the 2007 Army Posture Statement. To continue reading this topic in its entirety, click here.
- 2007 Strategic Communication Guide - Be Army Strong, and Army Smart. Read the 2007 Army Strategic Communication Guide.