Catalyst the Official Magazine of the National Guard Counterdrug Programs Fall/Winter 2009 CD and Security team prevents border violence ----------------- NGB CD joins social media network Chief’s the Catalyst This Army and Air Force funded quarterly magazine is an authorized Corner publication for the members of the U.S. military services. Contents of The Catalyst are not necessarily the views of, or I would like to take a a complete re-organiza- endorsed by, the U.S. government, moment to welcome every- tion of the CD Division. the Department of Defense, the one to a new fiscal year. W Within NGB-J3, we have Departments of the Army and Air ith it comes new opportuni- changed our office desig- Force or the National Guard Bureau. ties to further promote the nation to NGB-J32-CD All content and submissions are amazing accomplishment and have created a new edited and prepared in accordance of our Soldiers and Airmen organizational structure with AR 360-1 and AFI 35-101 by as they execute the National aligned by complemen- the Counterdrug Public Affairs staff. Guard Counterdrug Pro- tary activities rather than gram. We - almost 2600 of by functional area in or- us - have made wonderful der to better serve the NGB J3-CD Chief strides in the past year; from states, Office of the Sec- Air Guard Col. William Carle providing first-class support retary of Defense, federal along the Southwest Border agencies and the NGB. Editor with our assistance of the This will also provide Air Guard Texas Rangers to jumping Air National Guard opportunities for anyone Senior Airman Jessica Donnelly on the social media network Col. William Carle, in the field who wishes Contact Information with the implementation Chief, National Guard to serve at the National NGB J3-CDM of our own website, Twit- Bureau, J32 level, as we are always Suite 6500 ter and Facebook accounts. Counterdrug Division looking for talented per- 1411 Jefferson Davis Hwy At the National Guard sonnel with state CD ex- Bureau (NGB), our staff is looking for- perience to add to our staff. This new or- Arlington, VA 22202 ward to a year full of new and challeng- ganizational chart will be available once Commercial ing missions, as well as national recogni- it has been fully approved here at NGB. 703-607-8689 tion of our super-star CD team throughout More changes are coming on how we ap- DSN the states, territories and the District. portion funding and resources to the state CD 327-8689 Advances in technology required upgrades programs. We will be briefing senior lead- E-mail to our management control systems and as of ership on some recommended solutions to firstname.lastname@example.org October 1, we transitioned our system from better address the drug-trafficking threats to the Counterdrug Management Information our nation. No changes will be made until System (CMIS) to the Full Time Support all stakeholders have been briefed and given Management Control System (FTSMCS). opportunity for inputs. Our Counterdrug Ad- InsIde thIs Issue The transition took place in order to reduce visory Council (CDAC) has been an integral costs, provide better performance with less partner on our funding model proposals and system downtime and the ability to integrate will continue to be National Guard Counter- Chief’s Corner..................................2 with other ANG and ARNG information drug Program advocates to NGB-J32-CD; I NPN Reasearch Conference............3 systems. We ask you to please be patient look forward to our meetings this coming year. NM CD prevents violence............4-5 with us as we continue to iron out the kinks It is important that our National Guard CD gets message out at EAA..........6 and develop the processes to fully utilize leadership, as well as our external custom- CD joins social network...................7 the system. With your proactive inputs and ers, understand all of the remarkable sup- comments, the system will be refined to be port our Soldiers and Airmen provide to Cover shot: An OH-58 provides a more responsive, real-time management Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA), Com- aerial reconnaissance for Border tool for the NGB and the CD Task Forces. munity Based Organizations (CBO), schools Patrol agents to help them locate In order to use this new system to its full- and local communities. To ensure our Na- smugglers and human traffickers est extent, ensure your personnel utilize the tional Guard leadership and the public have on the ground in the New Mexico FTSMCS Counterdrug orientation training a true picture of our program, please send offered through the Midwest Counterdrug us your stories, pictures and annual reports desert. The aircraft is also used for Training Center (MCTC) in Johnston, Iowa. which highlight these phenomenal accom- search and rescue and can pin- There is also the possibility of a Mobile plishments so we can share it with others. point the exact location of refugees Training Team (MTT) coming to a location Lastly, thanks to each of you for your from Mexico who may become near you if the requirement exists. For ad- continued service and support to the CD dehydrated or injured while trying ditional information on the FTSMCS sys- program. Your dedication to the mission, to cross into America. (Photo by tem, please see your system administrator willingness to work in a non-traditional to set up an account and visit the website military program, and high level of enthu- Capt. Amanda Straub, New Mexico at: https://ftsmcs.ngb.army.mil/index.htm. siasm displayed every day on the job has National Guard) Additionally, we are also in the process of made and continues to make a difference. 2 the Catalyst Counterdrug members ‘Strike Gold’ at Prevention Research Conference By Senior Airman Jessica Donnelly nerships. loved the opportunities to connect Editor It was a chance for each state- with [the National Guard],” said Kos- level NPN to connect with their DDR terman. “DDR personnel were sought T administrator and be introduced to out by attendees for additional ANAHEIM, Ca - each other’s programs, explained information about the program and he first official meeting Dr. Judi Kosterman, chief executive its possibilities in states and com- between National Guard officer and president of JKosterman munities.” Counterdrug Drug De- Associates. The conference included members mand Reduction(DDR) and “This year’s conference focused from Substance Abuse and Mental National Prevention Net- on research pertaining to youth and Health Services Administration/ work members took place at NPN’s substance abuse,” said Air National Center for Substance Abuse Preven- 22nd annual Research Conference Guard Capt. Linda Williams, DDR tion, Office of National Drug Control Sept. 15-18 in Anaheim, Calif. administrator from the Tennessee Policy, National Institute on Drug NPN is the prevention component National Guard. “It was an oppor- Abuse, National Institute on Alco- of the National Association of State tunity to meet your state’s repre- hol Abuse and Alcoholism, Office of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Direc- sentative and also receive training Juvenile Justice and Delinquency tors (NASADAD). The conference – and continuing education credits for Prevention, U.S. Department of Edu- themed “Prevention Research: Strik- Prevention Certificates.” cation, as well as prevention profes- ing Gold” – was dedicated to alcohol, The conference was also a chance sionals from all over the country. tobacco and other drug prevention to discuss the latest advances in pre- This was the first official year research and focused on prevention vention research, added Kosterman. for DDR’s involvement in the NPN research findings and practical ap- “Attendees loved learning about Prevention Research Conference and plication; innovative approaches and the role of the Guard DDR program they are slated to attend annually, emerging trends; and system part- throughout the nation and especially explained Kosterman. Mo. National Guard supports Operation Powder Keg By Senior Airman ably would have gotten Jessica Donnelly, away,” said Army Na- Editor tional Guard Staff Sgt. Members from the David Parks, intelligence Missouri National Guard analyst with CNET. Counterdrug Program According to a CNET provided aerial and intel- press release, ap- ligence analyst support proximately $15,000 in to Law Enforcement methamphetamine, a Agencies (LEA) Sept. 17 half-pound of red phos- in support of Operation phorous, more than Powder Keg. 150 marijuana plants, The operation cov- Photo provided by Missouri National Guard. numerous weapons and The Missouri National Guard Counterdrug Reconnais- ammunition, and many ered multiple counties, sance Aerial Interdiction Detachment team used an to include Vernon, Bates, chemicals, beakers and OH-58 Kiowa helicopter in order to aid Law Enforce- ment Agencies on the ground with aerial observation flasks used to manufac- Dade and St. Clair, in the during Operation Powder Keg. ture methamphetamine search for illegal drugs were seized during the and included support warrants to serve and the LEAs on the ground. operation. from the Community used us to help,” said While officers were serv- Hoelscher said, Op- Narcotics Enforcement Army National Guard ing arrest warrants to eration Powder Keg was Team (CNET), Drug En- Capt. Douglas Hoels- alleged drug dealers, the part of a yearly drug sei- forcement Administration cher, CD Reconnaissance RAID team was flying zure operation conducted (DEA), and officers from Aerial Interdiction De- overhead marking sus- with CNET in the multi- several county Sheriff’s tachment (RAID) team pects that tried to run county area. departments. member. away. “We try to do at least “It was basically a As Hoelscher ex- “We had one person one big drug round-up drug task force working plained, the RAID team run on the first warrant, about once a year and together with LEAs that was used to provide aeri- and if it wasn’t for the [Powder Keg] was this had a large number of al support operations for RAID team, they prob- year’s,” said Parks. Fall/WInter 2009 3 Counterdrug, Security team prevents border violence The New Mexico National Guard Counterdrug and Security team protects citizens along the Southwest border By Capt. Amanda Straub, in an operation it’s just families full-time Soldiers serving directly smart choices so they grow into be selected for this council,” said the Border Patrol to use as a New Mexico National Guard trying to cross into America for along the border assisting Cus- healthy, happy adults, who don’t Montoya. “I have worked with training model. SANTA FE, N.M. – Rugged, a better life,” says Army National toms and Border Protection with turn to drugs.” our governor for years on secur- thirsty land stretches for 179 Guard Col. Richard Clark, CDS surveillance and search and res- According to Clark, the New ing the border in New Mexico A National Guard Soldier moni- miles between the state of New commander. “By the time we cue capabilities. These Soldiers Mexico National Guard could and I look forward to continuing tors the portable Forward Look- Mexico and the country of Mex- find a lot of these crossers they operate OH-58 helicopters outfit- use an additional 200 Guard to do that at the national level.” ing Infrared (FLIR) systems ico. This barren desert region are severely dehydrated and ted with FLIR camera equipment men and women permanently in mounted to National Guard patrol is particularly dangerous, not sunburned. We provide imme- as well as remote-controlled order to help secure the border. Photos by Capt. Amanda Straub, vehicles. National Guard Soldiers just because of the lack of water diate assistance before turning surveillance planes. They work The governor of New Mexico, as New Mexico National Guard will spend up to 48 hours at a and soaring temperatures , but them over to law enforcement. directly with CBP to process well as the governors of Ari- time camouflaged in the desert of because it is plagued by drug Let’s face it, the humanitarian statistics on apprehensions and zona, California and Texas, have (Left to right) New Mexico watching for illegal smuggling, human trafficking part is the most important part contraband seizures, operate re- appealed to Congress and the activity at the border. and escalating violence. of what we do.” mote cameras and sensors from president for increased funding Portable Forward Looking Infra- For nearly two decades, the Over the last 19 years, the air- conditioned surveillance for the CDS programs on the red (FLIR) systems are mounted A National Guard Soldier as- New Mexico National Guard New Mexico National Guard and banks, and spend days in the border. to National Guard patrol vehicles signed to the New Mexico Nation- Counterdrug and Security (CDS) Customs and Border Patrol have desert under-cover patrolling for Army National Guard Maj. for extended periods of under- al Guard Counterdrug and Secu- team has stood watch here, pro- developed a strong working rela- illegal activity and calling in CBP Gen Kenny C. Montoya, New cover reconnaissance. National rity team explains the features tecting the citizens of the United tionship. when they find it. Mexico adjutant general, was Guard Soldiers will spend up to of the unmanned aerial vehicle. States from threats to their way “We couldn’t do it without the Along with the transport, New recently appointed by the Secre- 48 hours at a time camouflaged This small, light-weight plane is of life, assisting local, state and National Guard,” said Timothy Mexico Guard is also battling tary of Homeland Security as the in the New Mexico desert watch- operated by remote control and federal law enforcement agencies Sullivan, El Paso sector super- the demand for drugs. Approxi- only actively serving Guardsman ing for illegal activity at the costs approximately $30,000 for like Customs and Border Protec- vising border agent. “By support- mately 50 Soldiers and Airmen on the Southwest Border Secu- border. initial purchase. More traditional tion, and providing lifesaving ing us, the National Guard frees from New Mexico are employed rity council. methods of aerial observation, assistance to illegal immigrants up agents to go out and perform as part of the Drug Demand “It is a great A member of the New Mexico including the OH-58, cost several braving the harsh conditions for police work.” Reduction (DDR) Team. These honor to National Guard Counterdrug and million dollars including initial a chance to live the American CDS currently employs more troops spend a great deal of time Security team points out hid- purchasing cost, operating costs dream. than 100 men and women to with the youth of New Mexico in den compartments in a vehicle and fuel. The New Mexico CDS “Half the time when we assist make New Mexico more secure. the classroom and in summer that could be used to smuggle team is still testing and training There are approxi- camps acting as positive role drugs, weapons, or other illegal with the UAV, but when it is fully mately 50 models and teaching kids to stay items across the border. The functional, it will be a powerful away from drugs. New Mexico National Guard weapon in the battle for border “Countries custom-built this vehicle for security. who produce drugs ille- gally point the finger at us and say that if Ameri- cans didn’t consume illegal drugs, they would not produce them; and they’re right,” Clark said. “The key to DDR is helping our kids make 4 The CaTalysT Fall/WinTer 2009 5 Counterdrug Program gets its message out at EAA’s Air Venture By Tech. Sgt. Tom 570,000 aviation enthu- Sobczyk, Wisconsin siasts in attendance. National Guard Situated at the Inter- OSHKOSH, Wis. - Since national Federal Pavilion, 1990 the Wisconsin the Counterdrug Pro- National Guard Counter- gram shares space with drug Program has made roughly 15 other federal its presence known at agencies from the United EAA’s Air Venture held in States, Canada and the Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Bahamas. Every July the Witt- Since 1990 these man Regional Airport be- agencies have worked to- comes the world’s busiest gether to form the Inter- airport for one week with national Federal Partner- more than 10,000 air ship. This partnership craft visiting. has been crucial to the This year’s EAA Air success of the pavilion Spc. Lauren A. Bloch,121st Medical Company, takes time Venture was one of the and the Counterdrug to talk to a little boy about the helicopter she maintains at busiest with an estimated Program. EAA’s AirVenture. EAA is the world’s largest general avia- see EAA page 7 tion gathering, held each summer in Oshkosh, Wis. Photos by Tech. Sgt. Tom Sobczyk Members of the National Guard’s Counterdrug Program pose for a group photo in front of their display during EAA’s Air Venture held in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The display was used to educate the visiting public about the program and it’s mission. From left to right: Tech Sgt Jackie McQuaid, Cadet Justin Frank, LtCol Steve Dunai, Tech Sgt Tom Sobczyk, and Staff Sgt Curtis Cooksey. 2009 EAA Air Venture Oshkosh 6 The CaTalysT Counterdrug division joins social media network By Senior Airman Jessica Donnelly, advantage.” support like never before,” said Editor The Counterdrug division fol- Army National Guard Maj. Patri- ARLINGTON, VA - The National lowed the National Guard Bureau’s cia Jones-Johnson, Multimedia Guard Bureau J3 Counterdrug lead after it launched a Facebook officer in charge. “We will actually division recently joined the techno- site in January. communicate, as well as educate logical community by launching its “With the National Guard in real-time, worldwide, on real own Web site, Facebook and Twit- Counterdrug Program being a issues that involve a multi-front ter accounts. part of the social media realm, it battle against drug addiction and The use of the social media will help us connect to the com- drug related violence.” sites is a way for the Counterdrug munity and the agencies that we You can find the Counterdrug division to quickly disseminate in- social media sites here: formation about what the program is doing in the 54 states and ter- “Too many kids need Web site: http://ngbcounterdrug. ritories and to educate the public guidance and don’t get it ng.mil to what the program’s goals. from home and wouldn’t Twitter: http://twitter.com/ “Too many kids need guidance participate in a class- NGBJ3CD and don’t get it from home and wouldn’t participate in a class- room, but will use social media instead,” Facebook: http://www.facebook. room, but will use social media in- com/pages/Arlington-VA/ stead,” said Air National Guard Lt. -Lt. Col. Mike Shiels, National-Guard-Bureau-J3- Col. Mike Shiels, CD State Plans CD State Plans Chief Counterdrug-Divsion/ chief. “We need to utilize it to our 93842081145 EAA continued For additional information re- garding the International Federal By renting out an entire build- Partnership stop by EAA’s Web ing it allows the different agencies site at: http://www.airventure. to fly in static displays and in- org/attractions/federal_pavilion. cludes a stage inside the building html Photos by Tech. Sgt. Tom Sobczyk to give presentations and demon- Master Sgt. Wayne strations. Wilson keeps the “Being a part of this part- kids smiling at the nership is a huge benefit for us Counterdrug dis- because it gives people a one stop play during EAA’s location to get government infor- Air Venture held in mation” said Air National Guard Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Lt Col. Steve Dunai, Wisconsin’s The display was Counter Drug Coordinator. “Each used to educate the agency contributes to the partner- visiting public about ship so we can share the cost and the CD Program. responsibility involved which is a win for everyone. More impor- tantly, it’s a great opportunity to interact with the public, explain our mission, and basically get our message out.” In addition to answering ques- Chief Warrant Of- tions and handing out marketing ficer CW3 Edward J. items, the Counterdrug Program Naines, 832nd Medical Company, explains the also brings its massive display that workings of his UH-60 includes three interactive stations Blackhawk helicopter where people can access informa- to attendees of EAA’s tion. AirVenture. EAA is the Planning for next year’s EAA world’s largest general AirVenture has already begun and aviation gathering, held they’re looking forward to having each summer in Oshko- another successful year. sh, Wis. Fall/WinTer 2009 7 Photo by Air National Guard Master Sgt. Gerold Gamble Texas Counterdrug celebrates Red Ribbon Week Army National Guard 1st Lt. Yves Raoelina, Texas National Guard Joint Force Counterdrug Drug Demand Reduction, and Army National Guard Master Sgt. Roy Martinez, TX JFCD DDR, pose with students Oct. 15 at the capitol building in Austin, TX where the students came to rally in support of Red Ribbon Week. With participants from Austin, Dallas, Houston and other parts of the state the event started with student tour- ing the capital. Tour Guides escorted the students through the halls of the House of Representatives and the Senate Chambers. Drug Free t-shirts worn by the students were given through the generous support from the Counterdrug Task Force, Drug Enforcement Administration and the Combined Law Enforcement Asso- ciation of Texas.
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