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STAND-TO! Edition: Friday, May 20, 2011

Today's Focus:

Army National Guard Operation Phalanx

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"This is an opportunity, perhaps, to move this relationship forward. We’ve had some pretty good cooperation across the [Afghan-Pakistani] border between the Pakistanis and the U.S., and it clearly has been helpful to us to have 140,000 Pakistani troops in South of Waziristan, Swat and places like that."

- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, during a question-and-answer session with U.S. Army Engineer School students, while giving his view of the situations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, emphasizes that despite some current hostile sentiment toward Pakistan since the bin Laden raid, Pakistan is important to the United States, and vice versa.

Gates shares views on Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"They're not broken. You can't go out there and be the Soldier you once were ... (but even) with injuries you still can achieve. All those great warriors who are out there participating, they're showing the rest of the country, 'Yes, I'm hurt, yes, I may have lost a limb, but that's not stopping me. I'm going full speed ahead and there's nothing in this world that can stop me.'"

- 1st Sgt. Timothy Miller, Warrior Transition Unit, speaks in glowing terms of the positive spirit of the wounded warriors participating in the Warrior Games, which pits 200 wounded warriors from across the services in both individual and team sports.

Zeroing in: Soldier competes in Warrior Games

A CULTURE OF ENGAGEMENT

CALENDAR

2010-2013: 60th Anniversary of the Korean War

150 Years: The Battle of Gettysburg: The American Civil War

May:
National Military Appreciation Month

Mental Health Month:
- Army Behavioral Health

Asian Pacific Heritage Month:
- Asian Pacific Americans in the US Army

Monday, May 30: Memorial Day

TODAY'S FOCUS

Army National Guard Operation Phalanx

What is it?

The Army National Guard (ARNG) established Operation Phalanx in July 2010, based on an Executive Order from President Obama authorizing up to 1,200 Soldiers and Airmen along the 1,933-mile southwest border in support of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency. Operation Phalanx is the successor operation to Operation Jump Start, which was declared by former President Bush authorizing up to 6,000 National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from 2006 through 2008. Operation Phalanx, scheduled to end in June 2011, provides support primarily from the Southwest Border States of California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.

What has the National Guard done?

The National Guard Soldiers and Airmen assigned to Operation Phalanx have been serving as a force multiplier for the U.S. Border Patrol by spotting border intrusions and providing technical support. The National Guard has performed tasks such as ground surveillance, criminal investigative analysis, command and control, mobile communications, transportation, logistics, and training support.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) indicates that since Operation Phalanx began last July, the National Guard has helped with the seizure of more than 14,000 pounds of drugs, the apprehension of more than 7,000 illegal immigrants, and the confiscation of millions of dollars in illicit currency.

Since the outset of Operation Phalanx, the National Guard has been providing time for the department to hire, train, and equip additional Border Patrol agents, funded by an emergency border security supplemental law (Public Law 111-230) enacted by President Obama in August 2010.

What continued program efforts are planned for the future?

According to Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, the end-date and parameters for the operation are being reviewed. Under the current pattern of the operation, the Southwest border states provide troops from their local National Guard organizations. In contrast, for Operation Jump Start, the National Guard mobilized personnel from across the entire United States. Many units, for example, traveled to one of the Border Patrol sites such as Yuma or Tucson, and performed two or more weeks of annual training. In addition to Operations Phalanx and Jump Start, the National Guard has ongoing counterdrug operations as authorized by the National Interdiction Command and Control Plan of 1994.

Why is this important to the National Guard?

The National Guard performs a unique role in the struggle against illegal immigration and other border problems as they are not restricted by the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, which does not apply for National Guard personnel on Title 32 orders. In response to domestic missions, Soldiers and Airmen provide expertise while gaining unique military experience thus improving overall readiness, while greatly assisting the efforts and duties of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency.

Resource:

Army National Guard

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