"The increasing number (of suicide and suicide attempts) is a warning sign that we need to address this now. The Army is taking many proactive steps in doing so, but it is also the responsibility of each Soldier and unit leader to listen to their battle buddy."
-Sgt. Michael Swintek, a chaplain's assistant at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii
All in Army must work to prevent suicides
CBRNE Consequence Management Response Force
What is it?
A robust, joint response force designed to respond to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive (CBRNE) incidents will be assigned Oct. 1 to U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and placed under the operational control of U.S. Army North, USNORTHCOM's standing joint force land component command. Designated "CCMRF 9.1," the CBRNE Consequence Management Response Force is a federal initial entry force that is scalable and task-organized to mitigate loss of life and relieve suffering in response to a CBRNE disaster or terrorist attack. The response force is participating in a joint training exercise Sept. 8-19 at Fort Stewart, Ga., and is expected to achieve full operating capability Oct. 1.
What has the Army done?
Army North has worked with USNORTHCOM, the Department of the Army and other agencies to further develop, organize and unify the military capability in the United States for CBRNE response. Three brigade task forces form the core of the multi-component, multi-service CCMRF 9.1: 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 3rd Infantry Division, 1st Medical Brigade, and the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade. The force also includes Air Force medical and engineering elements, Marine Corps technical support forces and elements of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and Defense Logistics Agency in order to conduct assessment, search and rescue, decontamination, medical, aviation, engineering, and logistics missions.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
Over the next year, Army North and it's subordinate, Joint Task Force Civil Support , will exercise with CCMRF 9.1 in deployment readiness exercises and full-scale field training exercises integrated with national and regional exercise programs. These events will ensure that the CCMRF is fully integrated as part of the Department of Defense tiered response capability, which includes state-based National Guard Civil Support teams, the National Guard CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP), and the U.S. Marine Corps Chemical Biological Incident Response Force (CBIRF). U.S. Army North continues efforts to develop two additional CCMRFs.
Why is this important to the Army?
Having dedicated, robust response forces assigned to U.S. Northern Command meets requirements from Presidential Decision Directives for an effective national capability to detect, prevent, defeat and manage the consequences of a CBRNE incident. The CCMRF further enhances DOD's capability to respond to a catastrophic CBRNE incident or attack within our nation's borders.
U.S. Army North Web site
USNORTHCOM Web site
Joint Task Force Civil Support Web site
National Guard CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package Web site
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