Brigade homeland tours start Oct. 1
3rd Infantry’s 1st BCT trains for a new dwell-time mission. Helping ‘people at home’ may become a permanent part of the active Army
By Gina Cavallaro - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Sep 30, 2008 16:16:12 EDT
The 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team has spent 35 of the last 60 months in Iraq patrolling in full battle rattle, helping restore essential services and escorting supply convoys.
Now they’re training for the same mission " with a twist " at home.
Beginning Oct. 1 for 12 months, the 1st BCT will be under the day-to-day control of U.S. Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command, as an on-call federal response force for natural or manmade emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks.
It is not the first time an active-duty unit has been tapped to help at home. In August 2005, for example, when Hurricane Katrina unleashed hell in Mississippi and Louisiana, several active-duty units were pulled from various posts and mobilized to those areas.
But this new mission marks the first time an active unit has been given a dedicated assignment to NorthCom, a joint command established in 2002 to provide command and control for federal homeland defense efforts and coordinate defense support of civil authorities.
After 1st BCT finishes its dwell-time mission, expectations are that another, as yet unnamed, active-duty brigade will take over and that the mission will be a permanent one.
“Right now, the response force requirement will be an enduring mission. How the [Defense Department] chooses to source that and whether or not they continue to assign them to NorthCom, that could change in the future,” said Army Col. Louis Vogler, chief of NorthCom future operations. “Now, the plan is to assign a force every year.”
Note the correction memo at the bottom of the article pertaining to "Non-lethal crowd control." What the heck does that mean?
Is this an appropriate us of military? How good or bad is this? How much of a change does it signify?
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Military Reorganization Continues After Hurricane Katrina
By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Feb. 2, 2006 " Organizational changes in the military continue in the aftermath of the Hurricane Katrina response, the Army general who was second in command of the military's Katrina task force told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee here yesterday.
"Under our new organization, you will have defense coordinating officers and their staffs located within the 10 (Federal Emergency Management Agency) regions," said Army Brig. Gen. Mark Graham, deputy commanding general of the 5th U.S. Army.
He said having these officers permanently in place in each of FEMA's regions would allow for better preparation for future events. "We'll have firsthand knowledge of all the local residents at the time," he said.
Graham served as the deputy commander of Joint Task Force Katrina when 5th Army, based at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, was called upon to support hurricane relief efforts.
On Oct. 1, 5th U.S. Army officially became 5th Army/Army North. ARNORTH thus became the Army's component of U.S. Northern Command, which handles homeland defense. By this October, 5th Army/ARNORTH is scheduled to be fully operational in the homeland defense mission as well as reacting to man-made and natural disasters within the country, according to the command's Web site.
It will train to work with FEMA and other governmental agencies to lessen the loss of life and property damage these disasters cause.
USNORTHCOM has become the object of concern among civil libertarians and others that it could be used to implement martial law in the United States during an actual or perceived emergency. The Military Commissions Act of 2006 effectively nullifies most restrictions placed on the military to support civilian administration by the Posse Comitatus Act, while the "John Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2007" H.R. 5122 (2006) effectively nullifies the limits of the The Insurrection Act .
Beginning Oct. 1, 2008, the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team will be assigned to U.S. Northern Command, marking the first time an active unit has been given a dedicated assignment to Northern Command. The force will be known for the first year as a CBRNE Consequence Management Response Force, and will serve as an on-call federal response force for terrorist attacks and other natural or manmade emergencies and disasters. .
According to Wikipedia entry for United State Northern Command, The Military Commissions Act of 2006 nullified the Posse Comitatus Act and HR 5122 (2006) nullified the Insurrection Act.
Who knows, maybe Martial Law is the October Surprise.