This day in the Georgia Guard, visual aid


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  • Thank you for including the Georgia National Guard in your program today. I appreciate this opportunity to update you on the current operations of the Georgia National Guard.
    Optional: (Insert 30 sec – 1 min personal comments about the local area and or your connection with the group)
    I also want to thank you for your service to our community. Organizations like yours make a difference in our community and our lives. Just as we Soldiers do our best to serve others you have joined this organization to serve and make the world around you a better place. Keep up the good work.
    Optional: (Insert 30 sec – 1 min comments concerning what the group has achieved in the lives of the people they are trying to impact)
  • Some of you may already know the characteristics of the National Guard that make us great. But many of you just know the National Guard as another branch of the Department of Defense.
    Let me tell you about some of the Georgia National Guard’s unique characteristics. The National Guard is the only military component not under the day-to-day control of the Secretary of Defense. When we are not activated in support of a federal mission, the Governor is at the top of our chain of command as our commander-in-chief. This gives the National Guard the complex job to train for missions in support of natural disasters here in Georgia and to train for combat operations overseas.
    It also means that skills we learn to help our civilians can be used overseas; and leadership lessons we learn overseas can be used right here at home.
    The Georgia National Guard is what we call a joint organization composed of three separate components - the Army National Guard, the Air National Guard, and the Georgia State Defense Force. This gives the Governor and our Adjutant General an awesome array of capabilities from three unique organizations to assist civilian authorities during a state of emergency.
  • Nation-wide National Guard is active right now with domestic support missions ranging from Counter Drug Operations, assistance to Law Enforcement Operations, Civil Support Team Operations, Consequence Management Operations, Key Asset Protection Operations, and Border Security Operations.
    Notably the National Guard is augmenting the Department of Homeland Security along the Southwest border with over 740 Citizen-Soldiers conducting intelligence analysis and Entry and Identification Team (EIT) support. We are proud to answer the call to help protect our borders from terrorists, drugs, and human trafficking.
    The National Guard has over 1,150 Guardsman supporting Operation Deepwater Horizon from Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. They are focusing their efforts on Security Operations, Marina Operations, Aerial Reconnaissance, and Liaison Support. Bottom line we are there to give a helping hand to our countrymen and help mitigate the damage of this horrible accident that is effecting so many.
  • In addition to stateside missions the National Guard deploys its troops in support of our federal mission. The 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team recently returned from Afghanistan in April of this year. You probably know that either from local welcome home celebrations or from seeing them on TV.
    I can tell you how much I and my fellow soldiers appreciate the support. From the send-off parades and ceremonies, to the charities and gift packages, to the news coverage, to the funding, all the way to the welcome home ceremonies and parades – where many leaders, including Governor Sonny Perdue, took the time to come to the airports and ceremonies to welcome our Troops home. It really makes us feel welcomed and appreciated.
    Currently Georgia has over 800 soldiers deployed in support of overseas operations and we will be sending another 800 soldiers by year end. The majority of our Guardsmen are in Afghanistan and Iraq, but we also support other missions around the world. We have Georgia Guardsmen in Qutar, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Kosovo, Puerto Rico, Thailand, Italy, Germany, and The Country of Georgia, our State Partnership Program counterpart.
    Our soldiers miss their families when they are called into federal service but they are trained, equipped and ready to hold the line with our active component brothers in arms when needed.
    Speaking of overseas operations you may know that I just got back from Afghanistan where I served as __________ part of _______(unit)____. I am proud to tell you of all the hard work our Georgia Guardsmen did while I was over there.
    (Insert 5 min of personal comments from your deployment bragging on the soldiers accomplishing the mission. It is generally best to focus on what your team did and what you saw rather than what you did.)
  • The Georgia National Guard is busy training its soldiers and supporting its community. We aggressively train and plan for Hurricanes.
    Every June senior leaders and key staff members of the Georgia Department of Defense participate in a Rehearsal of Concept, or “ROC” Drill, as part of our Joint Planning Group's strategic preparedness efforts. The ROC Drill includes representatives from across the Ga-D-O-D, and outside the Ga-D-O-D, including local emergency response authorities from Glynn and Chatham Counties and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency.
    The key here is that the Georgia National Guard is ready to support our partners such as local first responder agencies and GEMA in any emergency response event. We have built a working relationship with our civilian partners so we are not “exchanging business cards” the day after a disaster. We know each other by name and work together to plan and prepare for any event.
  • In addition to natural disaster threats, the Georgia National Guard has created and trained units for response to other threats. At our fingertips, we have three specific quick-response forces capable of responding to threats to our State and Nation.
    First, The 4th Civil Support Team, or C-S-T, which can respond to or identify weapons of mass destruction such as nuclear, biological, chemical, and high explosives. They have been called upon several times this past year to support local law enforcement agencies to identify suspicious unknown substances and assist in potential threat situations.
  • Second, we have the CERF-P, (pronounced SURF-P). You know we love acronyms in the military. Well, we have outdone ourselves here, and placed an acronym within an acronym. The “C” is short for “CBRNE” (pronounced see-burn-ee) Chemical, Biological, Radiological/Nuclear, and Explosive and the E-R-F-P in CERF-P stands for- Enhanced Response Force Package.
    The unit’s mission is to provide immediate response capability to the Governor. These include: searching an incident site, including damaged buildings; rescuing people; decontaminating people and equipment, and performing medical triage and initial treatment to stabilize them for transport to a medical facility. This includes extracting people trapped in rubble.
    The CERFP is composed of four elements staffed by personnel from already established National Guard units. The elements are command and control, search and extraction, decontamination, and medical.
    Third, the National Guard Response Force (NGRF) is trained in specialty security, riot control, non-lethal weapons, and law enforcement support. They are better equipped, on a higher state of alert, and are in a higher state of readiness than other typical units. When requested by civil authorities, they are the National Guard’s first response to a no-notice crisis event.
  • Third, the National Guard Response Force (NGRF) is trained in specialty security, riot control, non-lethal weapons, and law enforcement support. They are better equipped, on a higher state of alert, and are in a higher state of readiness than other typical units. When requested by civil authorities, they are the National Guard’s first response to a no-notice crisis event.
  • Threats to our nation include the threat of illicit drugs and the trafficking of those drugs. The Georgia National Guard Counterdrug Task Force, headquartered at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, is comprised of 41 Soldiers and Airmen geographically situated throughout the state of Georgia who provide military-unique support to Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies and community-based organizations throughout Georgia in support of the Governor’s “War on Drugs.”
    These areas of expertise are Criminal Analysis, Ground and Aerial Reconnaissance, Drug Awareness presentations and map production. The Georgia National Guard Counterdrug Task Force’s 2009 support and commitment to the War on Drugs resulted in over 69,000 pounds of marijuana valued at over $197 million, 2,855 pounds of Cocaine valued at over $45.6 million, other drugs valued at over $8.4 million, currency over $161 million and 854 weapons removed from the hands of drug dealers. All in all the Counterdrug Task Force removed over 369.5 million dollars from criminal’s pockets last year.
  • The D-O-D of Georgia also conducts two military-oriented youth programs: Youth Challenge Academy and STARBASE.
    The Youth Challenge Academy (Y-C-A) is a 17-month military-based program for high school dropouts 16-18 years old, consisting of a 22-week Residential Phase and a one-year Post-Residential Phase.
    Each student has a mentor assigned who continues to assist the graduate through the Post-Residential Phase. Participants must be drug free, not on parole or probation and free of felony offenses, and courts are not allowed to use the program as an alternative to sentencing.
    The core components of the program are responsible citizenship, academic excellence, life-coping skills, community service, good health and hygiene, job skills, leadership/followership and physical fitness. Georgia has two Y-C-A campuses, one at Fort Stewart and the other at Fort Gordon. The program was established in Georgia in 1993 at the Fort Stewart location. A second campus, at Fort Gordon, was established in 2000 with the first class graduating in March, 2001. Georgia has graduated over 10,000 YCA students with about 200 students enrolled per class at each campus.
    Some of the statistics for the overall program are:
    73% of graduates attain their GED
    57% Enter the job market
    10% Enlist in a military branch
    27% Continue their education in a college or technical school
    Y-C-A is funded 75% Federal Funds and 25% State Funds. The average cost of graduating a student at YCA is $14,000. In comparison, the cost of sustaining a Y-C-A eligible offender in a youth detainment facility in Georgia is about $35,000 per year.
  • A second youth program conducted by the Georgia National Guard is STARBASE. The goal of STARBASE is to raise the interest and improve the knowledge and skills in science, aviation and math of middle school students. Georgia conducts the program for fifth grade students who come to the Dobbins campus one day a week for five consecutive weeks. Students are accompanied by their classroom teacher and teaching assistant. STARBASE is a partnership between the Georgia National Guard, local school systems and the community. At the end of the last school year, we had graduated 4,974 students since 2002.
    Our goal is to graduate a minimum of 700 students per school year. We graduated just over 800 students this past school year.
  • In addition to running all of the programs just mentioned , our Army Guard has grown 40% over the past few years from 8,000 to over 11,300. And with increased troop strength comes a need for training facilities. In development right now are the new $26 million dollar Cumming regional armory and the $16 million dollar Lorenzo-Benn facility. The Cumming armory is the first new armory in Georgia in many years.
    We’ve also seen the acquisition of Clay National Guard Center from the Navy, where our new $30 million JFHQ building is under construction, the Fort Benning joint use armory, AASF 2 being renovated to house our parachute rigger company, and we just had a ribbon-cutting at our new Language Lab. In fact we’ve seen $300 million in renovation and construction over the last ten years, after seeing virtually none over the course of the previous forty.
    While $300 million is a lot of money, the State’s investments in its National Guard has more than paid off, as the Georgia Guard has had a significant positive impact on the State’s economy. In addition to providing our state a very robust capability to respond to contingencies, the Guard is a significant economic engine for our state as well.
    In fact, Georgia actually sees more tax revenue from the income of its Citizen-Soldiers than it spends on the Georgia Guard as a whole, because most of the organization’s funds come from federal sources. That’s to say nothing of the profoundly positive and direct economic impact our armories, bases and other facilities have on their surrounding communities and businesses.
    As an illustration of this, we are provided about $10 million in state funding annually. This $10 million pulls down another $30 million in federal matching funds into our state account. Plus, our federal budget is about $600 million. So the $10 million investment annually generates $610 million for our state's economy. On top of that our Citizen-Soldiers pay about $25 million in state income tax just in Guard Wages. You could look at the original $10 million as loan that we use each year to generate over a half billion dollars in the state’s economy, then pay the loan back with 250% interest.
  • Many have recognized the Guard's worth to our nation. General McKinley recently noted that "While America's military represents a balance between what this country needs to guarantee its security and what we can afford, the National Guard delivers an exceptional value in this security equation.“
    The Secretary of Defense is pursuing an initiative to reduce overhead and increase efficiency within the Department of Defense. Many, including me, feel that the way ahead on that initiative lies in the National Guard. Our cost efficiency while delivering virtually the same capability as our more expensive Active Duty colleagues, perfectly aligns us to be a key pillar in achieving the Secretary's intent.
    I’d say Secretary Gates and General McKinley are spot-on. The National Guard has been a key player globally in the War on Terrorism while at the same time securing the Homeland. Our men and women are providing valuable, unique skill sets and experiential knowledge that can only be provided by Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen who have developed a whole different set of skills and abilities other than Soldiering that aid in winning the peace and nation building.
    And not only is the Guard much less expensive than the Active Component, but you get two for the price of one because of our state mission set.
  • It is clear that Citizen-Soldiers are an enduring part of this great Nation and very near the heart of what it means to be an American. Now, I’d just like to acknowledge some of the extraordinary efforts of employers around the state to support their National Guard Employees.
    Too often, when talking about our State and Federal missions, people forget that our men and women are Citizen-Soldiers. Meaning, they’re citizens first, with civilian jobs. So, when our Guardsmen and Airmen need to depart for a mission or training, it takes a toll on the employers they leave behind.
    I just want to point out how important the efforts of these employers are, not just because they maintain our Soldiers as employees, but also because the professional skills and experiences they work to help these Guardsmen acquire make our men and women better at what they do for us. These employers, too, play a key role in our fight in the War on Terrorism. Of course this is a 2-way street. In return employers get a drug free, physically fit, experienced leader with solid values and a good work ethic as an employee in return.
  • Ladies and gentlemen, as you can see your Georgia Department of Defense is extremely busy, gainfully employed, and using every resource available to us to ensure the safety of Georgia’s citizens here at home while supporting the global operations worldwide. We could not accomplish these tasks without the support of communities.
    Thank you again for your attention, your enthusiasm and your support. I look forward to taking any questions you may have…
  • This day in the Georgia Guard, visual aid

    1. 1. Georgia National Guard UNCLASSIFIED Today In The Georgia National Guard
    2. 2. Georgia National Guard UNCLASSIFIED Governor Sonny Perdue Commander in Chief ArmyArmy NationalNational GuardGuard StateState DefenseDefense ForceForce AirAir NationalNational GuardGuard Georgia Department of Defense Major General William “Terry” Nesbitt The Adjutant General Task Organization
    3. 3. Georgia National Guard UNCLASSIFIED SWB Operations (CA) (AZ) (NM) (TX) Total = 740+ Deepwater Horizon (LA) (MS) (AL) (FL) Total = 1,150+ National Guard Current Operations
    4. 4. Georgia National Guard UNCLASSIFIED Providing Key Support to The Global War on Terrorism Community Support
    5. 5. Georgia National Guard UNCLASSIFIED Leaders from across the Georgia Department of Defense and associated emergency management agencies conduct a Rehearsal Of Concept “ROC” drill during a hurricane readiness exercise in June 2010. Prepared, Equipped and Ready We are trained and equipped to provide Defense Support to Civilian Authorities (DSCA) on short notice.
    6. 6. Georgia National Guard UNCLASSIFIED • 22-member full time National Guard team headquartered at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta. • Mission is to support local incident commanders providing assessment and analysis during suspected weapons of mass destruction (WMD, such as biological, chemical and high explosive) events. • Equipped with state of the art detection, analysis and protection equipment, along with secure communications. 4th Civil Support Team Trained and Ready
    7. 7. Georgia National Guard UNCLASSIFIED CERF-P Trained and Ready The “C” is short for “CBRNE” (pronounced see-burn-ee) Chemical, Biological, Radiological/Nuclear, and Explosive and the E-R-F-P in CERF-P stands for- Enhanced Response Force Package.
    8. 8. Georgia National Guard UNCLASSIFIED The 3-108th CAV (NGRF) will possess the capability to provide site security, to provide presence patrols/show of force, to establish roadblocks and/or checkpoints, to control civil disturbances, and respond/assist in the protection of DoD selected assets. National Guard Response Force (NGRF) Trained and Ready
    9. 9. Georgia National Guard UNCLASSIFIED Georgia National Guard Counter Drug Task Force Making a Difference Today -Aerial Reconnaissance -Drug Awareness presentations -Ground Reconnaissance $369.5 million in cash and drug seizures.
    10. 10. Georgia National Guard UNCLASSIFIED • Purpose: to assist high school dropouts (16-18 years old): • Obtain a high school equivalency diploma • Develop lifework skills • 5 month residence phase at Ft. Stewart and Ft. Gordon • Post-graduate phase teams students with adult mentors • More than 10,000 students have had “another opportunity to succeed” since the program began in 1994. • Youth Challenge Academy Making a Difference Today
    11. 11. Georgia National Guard UNCLASSIFIED STARBASE Making a Difference Everyday • Operated by the GA DOD in a specially built facility at Dobbins Air Reserve Base. It is part of a nationwide, highly interactive academic enrichment program. • Designed to reinforce math and science skills for elementary age students by introducing them to aviation and space exploration. • Fifth graders from selected schools attend the course for a full day each week for five weeks. • Students take part in hands-on experiments and simulations. • Activities include rocket building, problem solving exercises, science experiments and flight simulation in the facility’s computer lab. • STARBASE also addresses issues concerning substance abuse, health, self-esteem and life skills.
    12. 12. Georgia National Guard UNCLASSIFIED Positive Impact on the State $10 million investment by the State equals $610 million for our state's economy Citizen-Soldiers pay about $25 million in state income tax just in Guard Wages
    13. 13. Georgia National Guard UNCLASSIFIED Good for the State and the Nation - The cost of the reserve components is approximately 23 percent of the amount needed to man, train, equip, and sustain the active component. - Using these FY 2008 budget requests for dollars and end strengths of the active components and the reserve components, we find that the total amount budgeted is approximately $51,000 for each reserve component service member and $223,000 for each active component service member.
    14. 14. Georgia National Guard UNCLASSIFIED We appreciate the support of our employers for their Guardsmen Employer Support
    15. 15. Georgia National Guard UNCLASSIFIED Questions? You can find more information at or follow us on the following sites:
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