Ardent Sentry 2012

Friday May 4, 2012

What is it?

Ardent Sentry is a U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) annual exercise designed to stress several Global Combatant Command (GCC) contingency plans. The exercise is conducted annually in May and normally lasts 8 to 10 days. The venues for Ardent Sentry 2012 (AS'12) spread across the GCC area of operations from the Arctic Circle to Brownsville, Texas, from Salem, Oregon, to Minot, North Dakota.

What has the Army done?

U.S. Army North (ARNORTH) - serving as NORTHCOM's Joint Force Land Component Command (JFLCC) - will participate in two major elements of AS'12: Vigiliant Guard-Oregon (VG-OR) and a Hurricane Exercise (HURREX).

VG-OR, designed by the Oregon National Guard, intends to exercise Oregon's plans related to the activation of a Dual Status Commander (DSC) in response to a disaster within the state. The DSC is a National Guard General Officer (Army or Air Guard) that has received specialized training and certification to command both National Guard forces (T-32) and Active Component Forces (T-10) in support of a Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) event. A DSCA event can include response to natural disasters (i.e. hurricane or earthquake) or manmade event (i.e. WMD attack or chemical spill).

VG-OR is a command post exercise that will include the elements of the Oregon and Washington National Guards along with T-10 support from Fort Lewis, Washington. HURREX, developed by the ARNORTH exercise staff will exercise the capability of Task Force-51 (TF-51) to deploy and assume mission command of T-10 forces providing DSCA in response to a hurricane. In this exercise "Hurricane Zelda" will make landfall in Brownsville, Texas, along the U.S. and Mexico border. Planning support included the Texas National Guard and Federal Emergency Management Agency-Region VI.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

ARNORTH is working closely with NORTHCOM and National Guard Bureau to synchronize a Vigilant Guard exercise with Ardent Sentry every year. This effort will ensure effective and timely T-10 support to DSCA events into the future.

Why is this important to the Army?

ARNORTH efforts in the contiguous 48 states will involve support to the National Guard and likely to a DSC. The more ARNORTH works together with The Guard, the better this working relationship will become when it's needed the most.


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