National Guard Public Affairs Rapid Response Team

Wednesday April 30, 2008

What is it?

The National Guard Public Affairs Rapid Response Team (PARRT) is a joint, self-sustainable, first-responder capability dedicated to supporting a state or territory during a natural or man-made crisis.

What has the National Guard done?

Approximately 3,000 participants recently completed Exercise Vigilant Guard, a three-day, National Guard-hosted exercise in Beaufort, SC. Some fifteen Army and Air National Guard PA professionals, officers and enlistees, civilians and contractors, from several states and the National Guard Bureau (NGB), deployed to a simulated large-scale earthquake and set up a fully functional forward, interagency joint information center (JIC).

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Information Papers with " 2008 Army Posture Statement"

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

- 2008 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2008 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates

- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace

- Army Public Affairs Portal

- Stories of Valor

A CULTURE OF ENGAGEMENT

The Army Community Relations Calendar

National Guard members join 'Rebuilding Day' projects

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • Army recruits with bad pasts reviewed (BG)
  • Virginia Guard sees record troop levels (WT)
  • Study: Recruits on waivers get promoted faster (AT)
  • URS wins U.S. Army flight training contract worth $240M (Forbes)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • Bush: Revealing reactor was meant to pressure N. Korea (WP)
  • Pakistan's planned accord with militants alarms U.S. (NYT)
  • Militiamen ambush drives back U.S. patrol in Sadr City (HC)
  • Gates: Lull in Iraq violence over, withdrawal to go on (McC)

OF INTEREST

  • An officer and a linebacker for the N.F.L. (NYT)
  • Army widens probe after finding bad conditions at Fort Bragg (ST)
  • Repairs underway in barracks, Army says (WP)
  • Guantanamo detainee rejects court procedure (WP)

WORLD VIEW

  • U.S. dissension plot unfolds in Iraq (TT | Story)
  • Afghan president was warned of plot to kill him, intelligence chief says (IHT | Story)
  • Georgia-Russia tensions ramped up (BBC | Story)

WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS

  • Honoring Matt Maupin (SP)
  • Master Sergeant Brendan O'Connor - Someone you should know (BF)
  • Syria photoshop angle: Thin gruel (WPR)
  • Dear kids... (MTTAC)
  • More of an update (ADP)

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Events

Saturday, June 14, 2008: The U.S. Army Birthday Ball

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"Nonlethal weapons are not a substitute for firearms. You don't take a Taser to a gunfight. But if they are used early enough, you can prevent the escalation to violence."

-Maj. Tom White, National Guard Bureau

Guard enlisted leaders get a lesson in nonlethal weapons

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