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Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DSCA) - Special Events

What is it?
Each year, the Army provides military support for various events to enhance security and showcase Army capabilities as a part of its DSCA program.

What has the Army done?
The 2008 State of the Union Address was just one of the events the Army supported. The Army provided support to the U. S. Secret Service and U. S. Capitol Police which included: Military District of Washington for command and control; the Old Guard; the 12th Aviation Battalion; a collapsed-building search-and-rescue unit; military police detachments from Forts Meade, Myer, and Belvoir; and a Veterinary Medical Support Unit.

The Army supported Super Bowl XLII held in February. The Army provided Department of Defense (DoD) Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and explosive detection dog (EDD) support to Pope Benedict XVI's first visit to the U.S. in April. The visit began in Washington D.C. and concluded in New York City.

The DoD sponsors Public Service Recognition Week on the National Mall every year to recognize contributions of individuals dedicated to public service to our country. The event occurred in May. The DoD also sponsors a Joint Services Open House in May of each year at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland to display capabilities of the Armed Forces. The 2008 Army participation in these events included: ceremonial K-9, medical, personnel, security, and logistics support. The Army provided static displays on the following topics: mines and mine defenses, EOD, the Army Material Command, the Army Intelligence and Security Command, Counter Drug, and the Military District of Washington. The Army also provided a vast array of Army combat and combat support systems including the following: M-1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank, M-2A3 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle, Howitzer, Patriot Missile Launcher, Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle, Avenger Air Defense Artillery, Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Unit, Tactical Fire Truck, Smoke Generator, Dry Support Bridge Launcher, Common Bridge Transporter w/boat and crane, and the Army Marksmanship Trainer. Additional exhibits included: Operation Tribute to Freedom, Freedom Team Salute, the Army Adventure Van, the Army National Hot Rod Association car, the Weapons of Mass Destruction Unified Command Suite, and the Mobile Analytical Lab System. Completing the Army's contribution were orientation teams from the National Guard, Army Reserve, 3rd Infantry (Mechanized), 10th Mountain, 82nd Airborne, and 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Divisions, and a Golden Knights Parachute Team demonstration.

The Army also provided support to the Democratic National Convention during August and The Republican National Convention in September. During September, the Army deployed personnel to support any potential DSCA response during the 9-11 Memorial Ceremony in Washington, DC. From September to October the Army provided the DoD EOD and EDD support for the United Nations General Assembly held in New York City.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The Army will continue to provide support to civil authorities when requested. Army agencies will continue providing displays and personnel to support special, high-visibility events.

Why is this important to the Army?
The Army's DSCA support contributes to the security of highly publicized events and enhances the Army's public image. Diversity of elements on display as well as EOD, EDD, other Army forces visibly performing their jobs in direct support of the national interest may lead otherwise disinterested candidates to seek employment with the U.S. Army.

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