It's about having the right mix of capacity, modernization and readiness. Having a force forward in Europe that's working with our allies'- one that has the right capabilities, has the right characteristics, and modernization readiness levels - help us to let people know we still have a force forward. That helps us quickly launch into other parts of the world.
- Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno, emphasized the importance of maintaining a versatile U.S. presence in Europe, one that fosters training with its allies and adhering to his principles of prevent, shape, and win. during his tour of the European Theater
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Hurricane ROC Drill
What is it?
U.S. Army North (5th Army) hosted the U.S. Northern Command Joint Force Land Component Command Interagency Hurricane Rehearsal of Concept Drill Apr. 3 - 5 in preparation for the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season. The ROC drill is part of Army North's Defense Support of Civil Authorities mission.
This event focused on the planning, preparation, execution, and assessment of hurricane response operations. The purpose of this event was to describe the role Department of Defense forces play supporting civilian organizations in the homeland and is designed to develop interagency communication and response plans when partnered with DOD. Officials presented their mission activities in the event of a hurricane and how DOD fits in to the mission set. The ROC Drill provided a better understanding of each agency's capabilities and requirements in the event of a hurricane and how DOD can support.
What has the Army done?
Army North conducted the seventh annual ROC Drill as a venue to build trusted partnerships with local, state, tribal and national agencies. About 150 people from more than 60 government and private agencies participated in this year's drill. The event provided a hypothetical hurricane scenario allowing agency participants to discuss and develop the best courses of action and become synchronized while incorporating DOD support.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army is prepared to support and provide necessary capabilities to state and federal civil authorities responding to disasters. Army North continues to participate in future Hurricane ROC drills with primary agencies to identify key issues while developing a well-coordinated hurricane response plan. The ROC drills allow development of interagency communication across various federal, state, and private sector agencies through the hurricane's approach, landfall and aftermath. Army North's ten defense coordinating officers continue working with the primary agency planners identifying gaps the DOD may be to assist with.
Why is this important to the Army?
The defense of the homeland and its territories is the nation's and DOD's top priority. Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) is a decisive doctrinal action, and although not the primary purpose the Army is organized, trained, and equipped, DSCA operations are a vital aspect of the Army's service to the nation. Army preparedness ensures an appropriate response is provided to those in need of assistance while helping keep American families safe. DCSA missions are one of the four elements of full-spectrum operations.
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