The Department of Defense continues to be an active partner in the response to Hurricane Sandy by providing FEMA and governors with capable, trained and accessible forces and equipment when requested. Here is tonight's update:
- As of 5:30 p.m. tonight, there are approximately 6,700 National Guard forces on state active duty or in the process of activating for duty in support of the governors of NY, MA, VA, NJ, DE, CT and MD. These forces are providing assistance to local first responders and FEMA with critical tasks such and assistance at evacuation shelters, rout clearance, search and rescue and delivery of essential equipment and supplies.
More than 61,100 National Guard members are available to assist civilian authorities in potentially affected states in support of relief efforts. Available National Guard resources include almost 140 rotary-winged aircraft to perform search and rescue, reconnaissance and personnel or cargo-carrying missions.
More information about DoD support to first responders can be seen here:
- The Secretary of Defense has authorized the following officers to serve as Dual Status Commanders:
NJ: Brig. Gen. James Grant, ARNG
NH: Brig. Gen. Carolyn Protzmann, ANG
MA: Brig. Gen. Paul Smith, ARNG
NY: Brig. Gen. Michael Swezy, ARNG
MD: Brig. Gen. Timothy Gowen, ANG
RI: Brig. Gen. Mark Jannitto, ANG
- 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 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 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.
- The following installations have relocated aircraft in advance of Hurricane Sandy:
Dover Air Force Base, DE
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ
Stewart Air National Guard Base, NY
New Castle ANGB, DE
Andrews AFB, MD
Martin State Airport (ANG), MD
Harrisburg International Airport (ANG), PA
- The following Navy vessels have sortied from their home ports in advance of Hurricane Sandy:
USS Wasp (LHD 1)
USS Taylor (FFG 50)
USNS William Mclean (T-AKE 12)
USNS Kanawa (T-AO 196)
USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE 13)
USS Gonzalez (DDG 66)
USS Ross (DDG 71)
USS Barry (DDG 52)
USNS Patuxent (T-AO 201)