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STAND-TO! Edition: Friday, July 13 2012

Today's Focus:

U. S. Army North's Task Force 51

Senior Leaders are Saying

The fact that we've maintained a steady reduction in accidental losses through spring and now summer says a lot about the disciplined commitment to safety principles by our Soldiers and engaged leaders at every echelon. I'm optimistic we can close 2012 with the best safety performance we've seen in 15 years.

- Brig. Gen. Timothy J. Edens, director of Army Safety and commanding general, USACR/Safety Center

Army releases third quarter accident data

What They're Saying

A lot of guys want to say, 'I can't do this anymore.' Wrong. You can do anything you want to if you put your mind to it. The paralympics are coming and take a look at those guys who compete in those events. You've got guys missing arms, legs and everything else. But they are out there competing. So people can come out here, play a little golf and have some fun along the way.

- Sgt. 1st Class Charles Baker, Warrior Transition Unit cadre leader, ensured golf program became part of WTU's Adaptive Sports Therapy program, to help wounded Soldiers to regain mobility that was lost because of their battle injuries.

Adaptive therapy golf helps wounded warriors heal

A Culture of Engagement

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Today's Focus

U. S. Army North's Task Force 51

What is it?

Embedded within Army North, Task Force 51 is a deployable command post designated to assist local, state and federal responders with disasters in the United States. Task Force 51 (TF 51) matured over time from wearing many hats to become a full-time all-hazards response task force with far reaching capabilities to command and control Department of Defense forces in support of a lead federal agency responding to a natural or manmade disaster.

What has the Army done?

In 2005, TF-51 was still a few years away from its current structure and organization. However, the concept of a deployable headquarters to command and control DOD forces responding to a disaster in the homeland was well on the way. The initial concept was tested when Hurricane Katrina devastated communities along the Gulf Coast and the city of New Orleans was besieged by flood waters rising in the storm's aftermath. The successful DOD response to Katrina has been well documented, and one of the key lessons learned was the need for a task force that could deploy quickly to command and control DOD's efforts in support of the lead federal agency. Since Katrina, TF-51 has deployed under different concepts anticipating state and local needs following natural disasters. In October of 2007 the team deployed to California to provide assistance after wild fires wreaked havoc in the southern part of the state. Most recently, the team deployed to New Jersey to provide anticipated support to the Northeastern United States as Hurricane Irene pounded the area last summer.

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future?

The Army supports TF-51 with the personnel and equipment necessary to maintain a standing all hazards response force focused on the homeland. As the capabilities grow so does the mission requirements ARNORTH is continuing to upgrade the command and control systems used by TF51 to maintain interoperability with its Federal and State agencies along with the subordinate units who support operations. It is in collaboration and cooperation with other DOD agencies to ensure we provide the right response, at that right time to the lead federal agency responding to the disaster.

Why is this important to the Army?

Although its size and composition has taken on various modifications since its conception, the one constant for TF-51 is the ability to quickly deploy and support local, state and federal officials who have seen catastrophic disasters exceed their capabilities.

Resources:

U.S. Northern Command
Army.mil: U.S. Army North news
U.S. Army North

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