I saw how one man, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., could make a difference. He did so by challenging his fellow citizens to reflect on what it means to be American. Faced with opposition, he did not threaten violence, but rather gained strength from the truth of his convictions. His powerful ideas and lyrical words compelled our nation to live by its founding principle: that we are born with equal rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
- Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, in a message to members of the Defense Department, shares his personal view on the greatness of Martin Luther King Jr.
Panetta: King renewed promise of America's dream
I really, truly believe that the greatness of the United States of America and the American people, is in part, that a child of a refugee, could be given the privilege of writing the law of the land of the most powerful nation on Earth.
- Maj. Charles Djou, the former U.S. representative to Hawaii's 1st Congressional District, is currently deployed with the 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Task Force Spartan) in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, as a Judge Advocate General
From business suits to combat boots
150 Years: The Battle of Gettysburg: The American Civil War
Jan 16: Martin Luther King, Jr. (birthday) Day of Service
Black History Month: African Americans in the U.S. Army
National Patient Recognition Month
Feb. 3: National Patient Recognition Day
Feb. 20: Presidents Day
Foreign Consequence Management
What is it?
Foreign Consequence Management is the assistance provided by the U.S. Government to a requesting host nation, with the Department of State as the lead federal agency, to mitigate the effects of a deliberate or inadvertent chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear attack or event, and to restore essential operations and services.
What has the Army done?
Within European Command (USEUCOM) area of responsibility, U.S. Army Europe's (USAREUR) 7th Civil Support Command, an Army Reserve unit based in Kaiserslautern, Germany, provides USAREUR interface for consequence management between host nation authorities, the U.S. Department of State, and other U.S. organizations/services. Assigned to the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, the 7th Civil Support Command's mission is to provide trained and ready, forward-stationed foreign consequence management, command and control, civil support team, civil affairs, and combat service support enabler capabilities. On order, the 7th Civil Support Command rapidly deploys a response and interface capability, which forms the core of Joint Task Force-Consequence Management Headquarters as part of the larger U.S. Government response to a foreign government assistance request.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The 2011 National Military Strategy(PDF) states that we will leverage our capabilities and forward presence to play a supporting role in facilitating U.S. Government agencies and organizations' efforts to advance our national interests and serve in an enabling capacity to help other nations achieve their security goals. From the strategic perspective, consequence management is a key Department of Defense capability to deter and defeat the threats inherent to the 21st century contemporary operating environment.
In the realm of consequence management, the 7th Civil Support Command possesses unique skills and capabilities to simultaneously provide theater and expeditionary consequence management and civil affairs support and enabler capabilities to assist the U.S. Government response.
Why is this important to the Army?
Consequence management, civil affairs, and CBRN capabilities are identified as key force capabilities the U.S. government will rely upon in the coming decade to prepare for and succeed in a wide range of contingencies. Equally important is the emphasis on building partner capacity efforts of our allies, friends and partners to strengthen international and regional security.
The 21st century contemporary operating environment requires greater vigilance and preparedness against threats from state and non-state actors to conduct chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear attacks on our allies, partners, and U.S. national interests. These capabilities are vital to our national security.
Documents: 2011 National Military Strategy (PDF)
Department of Defense 2000.21, March 10, 2006, USD(P), Foreign Consequence Management (PDF)
7th Civil support Command website
U.S. Army Europe
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