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STAND-TO! Edition: Thursday, January 24 2013

Today's Focus:

Exercise Saber Junction 13, Phase 2

Senior Leaders are Saying

We have seen over the last 10 years what our Soldiers are willing and capable of doing and most importantly, what they are ready to do in the way of sacrifice for their country. Every Soldier took those engagements seriously and every family member supported it. Our country owes them a tremendous debt of gratitude, because without them we could not be the country we are.

- Under Secretary of the U.S. Army Joseph W. Westphal, Ph.D., conveyed the Army's appreciation for the service and sacrifice of Soldiers, family members, and the civilian workforce, during his recent visit to Fort Wainwright, Fort Greely, and the Northern Warfare Training Center in central Alaska.

Army under secretary visits Alaska

What They're Saying

We are passionate about taking care of Soldiers -- and taking care of Soldiers early on in their military careers. We need to do that early as much as possible so we can have a healthier force in the future.

- Maj. Chong Ko, Musculoskeletal Action Team leader for the 194th Armored Brigade, emphasizes the idea behind a two-year pilot program in Fort Benning, Ga., which has been set up to detect and prevent injuries early on in basic training to create a healthier force in the future

Health of the Force: Action teams promote injury prevention for trainees

Related: Army.mil: Ready and Resilient

A Culture of Engagement

Calendar

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

January 2013

COMING SOON: Redesigned STAND-TO! website: http:www.army.mil/standto

February

Black History Month- Visit website: African Americans in the U.S. Army

National Patient Recognition Month


Feb. 18: President's Day Holiday (NO STAND-TO!)

Feb. 20- 22- AUSA's ILW Winter Symposium & Exposition

Today's Focus

Exercise Saber Junction 13, Phase 2

What is it?

Exercise Saber Junction 13, Phase 2, is a Joint Chiefs of Staff-sponsored, JCS-7 (formerly Joint Coalition Warfare) /Mission Command Training Program-supported, U.S. Army Europe-led, joint force headquarters exercise designed to prepare the 7th Civil Support Command to conduct foreign consequence management in response to simulated industrial chemical spills.

The command post exercise draws different services together in an effort to better understand the difficulties and challenges of foreign consequence management as it relates to natural disaster assistance and a simulated follow-on industrial chemical spill.

This year's exercise includes participants from U.S. European Command (EUCOM,) U.S. Air Forces Europe, U.S. Naval Forces Europe, and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Army National Guard and Army Reserve. Interagency support includes Department of State and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) representatives. Reserve component units have traveled from as far away as New York and Hawaii to take part in the exercise.

What has the Army done?

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 (CBRN ) attack or event and to restore essential operations and services.

Within the EUCOM area of responsibility, USAREUR's 7th Civil Support Command, an Army Reserve unit based in Kaiserslautern, Germany, provides USAREUR interface for consequence management between host nation authorities, the State Department, and other U.S. organizations and services.

What continued efforts do the Army plan to continue in the future?

The 7th CSC provides trained and ready forward-stationed consequence management command and control, civil support team, civil affairs enabler capabilities as directed by USAREUR.

The 7th CSC is the only civil support team based outside the continental U.S. team in the Army inventory. The 773rd Civil Support Team's mission includes deployment in response to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear incidents identification of CBRN agents or substances assessment of current and projected consequences before, during, and after an incident advising the incident commander on response measures, and assisting with appropriate requests for support.

Why is this important to the Army?

Saber Junction Phase 2 exercises the core mission of the 7th CSC and enhances the Army's capability to conduct foreign consequence management within the USAREUR area of responsibility.

Resources:

7th Civil Support Command
U.S. State Department Foreign Consequence Management
Joint Publication 3-41: Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Consequence Management
U.S. Army Europe
U.S. Army Europe exercises

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