Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has named the following military officers to serve as “Dual Status Commanders” in charge of coordinating Hurricane Sandy relief and emergency assistance operations currently underway in seven states across the nation:
NJ: Brig. Gen. James Grant, Army Reserve National Guard
NH: Brig. Gen. Carolyn Protzmann, Army National Guard
MA: Brig. Gen. Paul Smith, Army Reserve National Guard
NY: Brig. Gen. Michael Swezy, Army Reserve National Guard
MD: Brig. Gen. Timothy Gowen, Army National Guard
RI: Brig. Gen. Mark Jannitto, Army National Guard
According to the Pentagon news release, dated October 29, 2012:
“U.S. Northern Command has identified active duty deputies to deploy in support of any designated Dual Status Commanders (DSC), and is currently working with officials from Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island.
These active duty deputies facilitate active duty force employment under DSC leadership should active duty assets be required.
The Department of Defense activated Defense Coordinating Officers/Defense Coordinating Elements to support FEMA (“Federal Emergency Management Agency”) Regions I, II, and III. DCO/E from Regions VI, VII, and IX are providing additional surge support to Regions I, II, and III.U.S. Northern Command has placed the following DSCA forces on 24-hour Prepare to Deploy Order status in response to anticipated FEMA requests to mitigate or respond to effects of Hurricane Sandy: light/medium lift helicopters; medium/heavy lift helicopters; para-rescue teams; Information Awareness & Assessment aircraft; Tactical Common Data Link; Rover video receiver systems; and fixed-wing aircraft. U.S. Northern Command is deploying Joint Regional Medical Planners to the impacted FEMA Regions.
FEMA has also requested the use of “Westover Air Reserve Base, MA., Joint Base McGuire/Dix/Lakehurst, NJ, and Dover AFB, DE, as Incident Support Bases for staging Federal support equipment and supplies. Ft. Devens, MA, has been designated a Federal Team Staging Facility.
AFNORTH’s National Security Emergency Preparedness directorate deployed emergency preparedness liaison officers to assist civil authorities in preparing for relief efforts.
AFNORTH officials deployed Joint Air Component Coordination Elements in response to Hurricane Sandy. The AFNORTH JACCE teams deployed to Philadelphia, Boston, and Trenton, N.J. to support Hurricane Sandy relief preparation efforts. JACCE members are Air Force subject matter experts who serve to coordinate Air Force assets to assist wherever needed during times of crisis.
U.S. Northern Command’s Joint Personnel Recovery Center (JPRC), in support of AFNORTH’s Joint Force Air Component Commander (JFACC), is prepositioning search and rescue forces for possible Hurricane Sandy activities.
The JPRC is one of several resources the JFACC employs in its Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) role. The JPRC has the capability to conduct large-scale search and rescue (SAR) operations during contingencies such as hurricanes or other natural or man-made disasters, making the JPRC a valuable asset to the DSCA mission.
All DOD installations have been directed to offer support to local community requests for assistance, to include providing staging and bed-down for utility recovery teams assigned to restore power” (source: Pentagon new release: http://www.defense.gov/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=15647 ).
More information about DOD support to first responders can be seen here: