Tuesday June 5, 2012
What is it?
Sudden Response (SR) is an annual exercise U. S. Army North's Joint Task Force Civil Support (JTF-CS) that tests procedures and collaborative efforts in activating the Defense Chemical, Biological, Nuclear, and Radiological (CBRN) Response Force (DCRF) allocated forces. Phase I of the exercise was conducted in March and Phase II concludes on June 8, 2012.
The operational area for SR 12 Part two includes Fort Indiantown Gap National Guard Training Center, and Annville, Pa. Participants will practice operating under a contingency dual-status commander concept. Under this concept, a Title 32 (National Guard) general officer directs both federal active-duty forces and state National Guard forces in response to domestic incidents in order to achieve unity of effort and streamline military response efforts.
What has the Army done?
ARNORTH's JTF-CS reacts to multiple scenarios to test the ability to request forces and train key command and control nodes. The four task forces, logistics, medical, aviation, and operations, are prepared to deploy to a CBRN site and provide support to Department of Defense (DOD), local and civilian agencies as required. JTF-CS commands and controls designated DOD forces to assist local, state, federal and tribal partners in saving lives, preventing further injury, and providing critical support to enable community response efforts. During Part I, personnel trained to operate under a state-led command as part of the dual status commander program. JTF-CS integrated with the state National Guard to lead response efforts in the affected state. Part II is exercising the DCRF capability to deploy and operate under a dual status commander in response to any incident.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
JTF-CS working under Army North, U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and with the National Guard Bureau will continue to participate in Sudden Response and other annual training exercises ensuring a robust and ready capability for catastrophic incidents n the United States.
Why is this important to the Army?
Army North and Joint Task Force Civil Support anticipates plans and integrates USNORTHCOM CBRN response operations. JTF-CS is the nation's only standing joint task force focused solely on CBRN incidents in the U. S. It is comprised of active and reserve component service members from all the services. In any domestic setting, JTF-CS remains in support of civil authorities integrating the DOD response with other federal interagency capabilities to achieve unity of effort under the National Response Framework.
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