USA — General Lauds Guard, Northcom Partnership

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., Feb. 10, 2011 — U.S. North­ern Com­mand depends heav­i­ly on the Nation­al Guard and is look­ing for more oppor­tu­ni­ties to expand that part­ner­ship, Northcom’s deputy com­man­der said here recent­ly.

Army Lt. Gen. Frank J. Grass, deputy commander of U.S. Northern Command
Army Lt. Gen. Frank J. Grass, deputy com­man­der of U.S. North­ern Com­mand, address­es atten­dees at the 2011 Nation­al Guard Bureau Domes­tic Oper­a­tions Work­shop held at the Gay­lord Nation­al Con­ven­tion Cen­ter in Nation­al Har­bor, Md., Jan. 20, 2011.
U.S. Army pho­to by Sgt. Dar­ron Salz­er
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In remarks Jan. 20 dur­ing the Nation­al Guard Bureau Domes­tic Oper­a­tions Work­shop, Army Lt. Gen. Frank J. Grass said the Nation­al Guard is Northcom’s most impor­tant part­ner in its three crit­i­cal mis­sion areas: home­land defense, secu­ri­ty coop­er­a­tion and civ­il sup­port.

“And if you look across the board at the things that we do,” he added, “there is not a mis­sion that we do that the Air Guard or Army Guard doesn’t touch every day or accom­plish for us.”

Grass said part­ner­ing between North­com and the Nation­al Guard is a crit­i­cal com­po­nent of today’s nation­al secu­ri­ty strat­e­gy.

Grass not­ed eight areas of focus for North­com that affect the home­land the most and said some of those areas hold poten­tial for growth in the North­com-Nation­al Guard Part­ner­ship.

The focus areas are:
— Coun­tert­er­ror­ism and force pro­tec­tion;
— Com­bat­ing transna­tion­al crim­i­nal orga­ni­za­tions;
— Defense sup­port of civ­il author­i­ties;
— Chem­i­cal, bio­log­i­cal, radi­o­log­i­cal and nuclear con­se­quence man­age­ment;
— Mar­itime warn­ing;
— Aero­space warn­ing and con­trol;
— Mis­sile defense; and
— The Arc­tic region.

“We are inter­est­ed in hear­ing from the states through the Nation­al Guard Bureau on where [our two agen­cies] can part­ner more,” the gen­er­al said. “The Nation­al Guard makes me proud every day, and it will be writ­ten in his­to­ry that [the Guard] did an amaz­ing job for the nation, and that you are a true nation­al trea­sure.”

U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs)

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