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Counterdrug task force

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  • 1. Counterdrug Task Force The Counterdrug Task Force conducts a full-spectrum campaign that bridges the gapbetween Department of Defense and non- Department of Defense institutions in the fight againstillicit drugs and transnational threats to the homeland. The program contributes military supportfor local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and community-based organizations as wellas combatant commanders. The Counterdrug program’s goal is to provide the nation with a drugfree, mission-ready forceto defend the interests of its citizens at home and abroad. The unique military skills of these Soldiers and Airmen are the key to providing this vitalsupport. They work at all levels of government to anticipate, deter, and defeat these threats inorder to enhance national security and protect our society. National Guard Counterdrug Programpersonnel, as a whole, are woven into the fabric of our communities all across America,operating in 54 states and territories. The more than 40 members of the Ga. CDTF assists civilauthorities in illegal narcotic and property seizures, and marijuana eradication. Additionally,through programs such as the Drug Demand Reduction program, the CDTF provides educationto schools and civic organizations throughout Georgia. In 2010, the more than 40 highly trained Georgia Guardsmen in the CDTF assisted in illegalnarcotic and property seizures totaling in excess of $421 million dollars. Marijuana Eradicationin 2010 was at its highest in years, with over 75,000 outdoor plants being eradicated. In July 2010, the largest Methamphetamine lab on the entire East Coast was discovered,producing approximately 200 lbs. of meth per month. In Sept., the Georgia CDTF facilitated thediscovery of the second largest marijuana operation in state history, whereupon 26,212 plantswith a street value of more than $52 million were seized. Another important aspect of the CDTF is the Drug Demand and Reduction program, whichprovides educational programs to schools and civic organizations on drug awareness andprevention. During 2010, this drug awareness program was presented to a total of more than77,825 students. In 2011, the CDTF underwent a three-day counterdrug performance evaluation. Thisinspection, conducted by National Guard Bureau Counterdrug Operations, reviewed theprogram’s administration and logistics, aviation resources, training, and finance operations. It also reviewed the CDTF administrators of the Georgia Guard’s Joint Substance AbuseProgram, or JSAP. Georgia Guard CDTF program scored 98 out of a possible 100 on theinspection. The average score for the nation’s 54counter drug programs is 89.(Word Count 400)

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