WASHINGTON, April 11, 2019 -- Military and civilian employees from the Joint Force Headquarters -- National Capital Region and the U.S. Army Military District of Washington joined with other federal students at the Washington Navy Yard's Admiral Gooding Center, learning how to provide Department of Defense support to civil authorities during an emergency.

The U.S. Army Northern Command conducts the Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) course, informing students about the process by which military assets and personnel can be used to assist in missions normally carried out by civil authorities. These missions have included: responses to natural and man-made disasters, law enforcement support, special events, and other domestic activities. A recent example of the use of DSCA is the military responses to hurricanes Harvey, Ima and Maria last year. DSCA is the overarching guidance of how the United States military can be requested by a federal agency and the procedures that govern the actions of the military during employment.

Guest speakers and trainers included a former FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer, and District of Columbia Deputy Fire Chief, Derron T. Hawkins, as the students gained a better appreciation for how federal military forces provide support in times of crisis.