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Joint staff

  1. 1. Joint Staff authorities. It gathers, synthesizes, and disseminates worldwide relevant and critical information throughout The Director of the Joint Staff the Ga. DoD. is responsible for the management, The Director of the Joint Staff leadership and direction of the Ga. also has several other programs DoD Joint Staff related to defense under his purview. support to civil authorities, homeland The Service Support Directorate security and homeland defense. is responsible for planning, The Joint Staff is comprised developing, supervising and of members of the Georgia Army directing family programs for National Guard, Air National Guard, Georgia National Guard and and State Defense Force, as well as Reserve members and their families, Col. Brent Bracewell Director, Joint Staff Department of Defense civilians and including any family or deployed contractors. military personnel – regardless of The purpose of the Joint Staff service or component – at all levels is to provide the Adjutant General of contingency and mobilization, with time-sensitive intelligence and with operations throughout the state. information relative to issues in This program also advises Georgia, the United States and the the Adjutant General on family world. readiness, quality of life, other This information may come from family program matters, and the NGB, Northern Command (located development and implementation of in Colorado Springs), or other state work and life services and activities or federal government agencies. for Georgia National Guard Family The Joint Staff provides a Programs. community-based response force that offers ready, rapid support in defense of the homeland. It seeks to build the strength of the Georgia Department of Defense through internal and external partnerships. It does this by leveraging and maintaining liaisons with the Georgia Office of Homeland Security, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, and other key emergency and law enforcement officials across the state. A critical part of the Joint Staff is the Joint Operations Center, currently located at the Clay National Guard Center in Marietta. The JOC is manned 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week, to provide the critical information and communications node for all information with reference to Combat engineer Sgt. John Horst, with Douglas’ 848th Engineer Company, climbs a rubble pile wearing a new style decontamination homeland security, homeland suit being tested for fielding by Kennesaw’s Joint Task Force 781. defense and defense support to civil29 | Georgia Department of Defense
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