Thank you for volunteering. Thank you for stepping up. Thank you for keeping us strong, for always making us proud. It's because of you that with honor we were able to end the way in Iraq. Because of you that we delivered justice to Osama bin Laden. Because of you it's even possible to give Afghans a chance to determine their own destiny.
- President Barack Obama, at the Commander-in-Chief Inaugural Ball, Jan. 21, in Washington, D.C.
Obama thanks service members, families at CINC Inaugural Ball
You experience an event that is outside the normal realm of human comprehension ... You go through therapy, you feel better, you do work, you function, but it's always there it's just over your shoulder.
- George Noel Crawford, a former Soldier who served 18 years in the Army Medical Service Corps, speaks about his post traumatic stress experiences, which he feels is outside the realm of normal human comprehension
Soldier relives traumatic experience, implores others to seek help
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Reserve Component Support of the National Capital Region - Integrated Air Defense System
What is it?
The Reserve Component Support of the National Capital Region - Integrated Air Defense System (NCR-IADS) task force provides command and control of radar and ground-based air defense systems to protect critical assets in the NCR.
The mission began in 2001 with three 'clear skies' exercises to determine if sentinel radars could effectively contribute to the air defense coverage plan, involving elements of the 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga., and the 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. These exercises in support of Operation Noble Eagle demonstrated the importance of the sentinel radar and the enhanced ability that the Avenger STC (slew-to-cue) provides.
What has the Army done?
In April 2003, Soldiers from the 1-204th Air Defense Artillery (ADA), Mississippi Army National Guard, arrived at Fort Bliss, Texas, to begin training for their mission to relieve 4-5th ADA in defense of the NCR. This act began the mission transition from the active component to members of the Army National Guard for the ongoing defense of the NCR. Units from the South Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Mississippi and North Dakota Army National Guard were tasked to staff the Joint Air Defense Operations Center (JADOC) and a supporting Short Range Air Defense Battalion.
First Army Division West trainers provide pre-mobilization, post-mobilization training and ADA crew-level training support. Unit leaders are provided an initial assessment of their unit as well as monthly training assistance visits during the pre-mobilization period to improve readiness. First Army trainers also provide training support during Exercise America's Shield, a collective training event hosted by 263rd Army Air and Missile Defense Command (AAMDC) during the pre- mobilization period in order to reduce time required at the mobilization station. A culminating training event is conducted at Fort Bliss to serve as the final training validation for the JADOC command and control element and Avenger battalions.
What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future?
The Army National Guard has played a major role in the defense of the NCR since 9/11. First Army Division West continues to provide tough, realistic training for National Guard units during their pre- and post-mobilization periods as they prepare for deployment to the NCR. Operational readiness exercises are conducted regularly while a unit is performing the NCR-IADS mission to ensure it remains mission-ready.
Why is this important to the Army?
Defense of the NCR is critical to our nation's homeland defense. The inclusion of National Guard air defense units highlights the significant contributions and critical total Army force mission sets that reserve component air and missile defense units bring to homeland air defense.
U.S. Northern Command
5th Armored Brigade
First Army Information Pamphlet
Documents: Operation Clear Skies - Air defenders deploy to defend National Capital Region against terrorist aerial attacks (PDF)
Enhanced regional situational awareness (PDF)
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