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The National Guard Counterdrug Program

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The National Guard Counterdrug (CD) Program

What is it?

Since 1989, the National Guard, working with law enforcement agencies and community based organizations, has performed interdiction and anti-drug activities in the fight against illicit drugs. Approximately 2,500 Soldiers and Airmen support more than 5,000 agencies at the local, state, and federal levels preventing illicit drugs from being imported, manufactured and distributed.

What has the CD Program done?

The program is executed by the governors of each of the 54 states and territories and supports the strategic goals of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). In fiscal year '08, 2,400 National Guard personnel in Title 32 status provided counter-drug support and seized drugs with an estimated street value of $28.6 billion.

Recent National Guard CD Program accomplishments include:

• Drug Demand Reduction: Serving as mentors, Soldiers and Airmen teach a variety of anti-drug and positive decision making programs including the primary Stay on Track curriculum.

• Counterdrug Aviation: The National Guard supports this effort with both rotary and fixed wing aircraft. Currently, 144 Army National Guard OH-58A helicopters are assigned to counter-drug missions.

What continued efforts does the National Guard CounterDrug Program have planned for the future?

The program will continue to focus on drug demand reduction, information sharing, and training. Reenergizing its support with the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America and forming new partnerships with organizations such as the National Foundation of Women Legislators demonstrates its increased emphasis on community involvement.

Improved information sharing continues to move forward ensuring the National Guard counter-drug programs remain a critical force-multiplier. The training component is also expanding. Annually, the four National Guard countedrug locations across the U.S. train more than 73,000 military, law enforcement and community-based organization members.

Additionally, three of the courses offer an additional skill identifier, ASI for the Army, and special experience identifier, or SEI for the Air Force, qualifications.

For the foreseeable future, the National Guard expects to provide aviation support both overseas and stateside. Several of the RC-26B aircraft will continue to support combatant commanders while the remaining aircraft undergo software and equipment modifications to provide better support here at home.

Why is this important to the Army?

As the mission continues to expand, the nexus between drugs and terrorism has become more evident. The unique training and specialized equipment, and the corresponding capabilities, make the National Guard Counterdrug program an increasingly important part of the overall homeland defense and security missions.

Resources:

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