Posted: July 15th, 2010 by Militant Libertarian
The U.S. Department of Defense announced Monday that Missouri will be one of 10 states to host National Guard Homeland Response Force units to help coordinate federal response to a terrorist attack.
The Defense Department will place one unit in each of the 10 Federal Emergency Management Agency regions. Missouri is located in Region VII, which administers FEMA programs and coordinates federal disaster response in Missouri, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska.
The units will include about 570 personnel composed of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive response specialists, as well as command and control and security forces.
According to a news release from Rep Ike Skelton’s (D-Mo.) office, the Missouri Homeland Response Force will be established in Fiscal Year 2012. The units will be ready to respond within six to 12 hours of an event, bringing medical, search and extraction, decontamination, security, and command and control capabilities to bear in a regional response.
“I am very pleased Missouri will host a National Guard Homeland Response Force. Keeping Americans safe is our number one priority, and this new Homeland Response Force is part of DoD’s efforts to improve emergency response,” Skelton said.
According to the DoD announcement, the move came about following the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review — a congressionally mandated report put together every four years that highlights changes and challenges in national defense strategy. The 2010 report calls for improved coordination with civilian officials and providing resources for large-scale emergency response.
Gov. Jay Nixon applauded the move in a statement released on Monday afternoon.
Nixon said the move “will create as many as 90 new full-time National Guard positions under the leadership of Adjutant General Stephen L. Danner, and reaffirms our state’s commitment to supporting and encouraging the United States military here at home.”
Scott Holste, a Nixon spokesman, said officials were still reviewing the best community to base the new unit in. The new units should be established between September 2011 and October 2012.
The DoD announced in June that Ohio and Washington would host the first two units, and are slated to be established in FY 2011.
In addition to Missouri, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Texas, Utah and California will host the remaining homeland response forces. The DoD announced in June that Ohio and Washington would host the first two units, and are slated to be established in FY 2011.