JTF-HD implements Dual Status Command during ‘Lightning Rescue’ exercise

| September 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

Joint Task Force-Homeland Defense Public Affairs
News Release

FORT SHAFTER — An exercise designed to validate regional pandemic influenza and infectious disease response plans was conducted at various locations on the island, Sept. 13-16.

Joint Task Force-Homeland Defense conducted exercise “Lightning Rescue,” a JTF-HD-sponsored exercise that began in 2006 to examine infectious disease/biological threats.

Lightning Rescue typically involves participation of more than 20 organizations, including interagency partners from civilian governments, private companies, nongovernmental organizations and Department of Defense installations and organizations.

“What is unique about this year’s exercise is that (U.S. Pacific Command) and the state of Hawaii will exercise, for the first time, a new DOD command-and-control construct for domestic response, called Dual Status Command,” said Mel Garcia, deputy, Joint Operations, JTF-HD.

In December 2010, a joint action plan for Dual Status Command was approved by the Council of Governors, DOD, the Dept. of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, stating that the appointment of a Dual Status Command is now the “usual and customary command and control arrangement” when state and federal military forces are employed simultaneously, in support of civil authorities in the U.S.

JTF-HD is PACOM’s executive agent for homeland defense and civil support in response to all types of hazards, including response and recovery from accidental, man-made or natural disasters in Hawaii and other U.S. domestic jurisdictions in the Pacific.

JTF-HD, here, is designated as the HD coordinating agency between DOD and civilian authorities in Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Marshall Islands and the Republic of Palau.

Working closely with Dept. of Homeland Security, Dept. of State, state and local governments, and military organizations in the Pacific, JTF-HD maintains situational awareness, helps coordinate implementation of a comprehensive Critical Infrastructure Protection Program, and coordinates and provides DOD resources to help save lives and mitigate property damage.


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