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Fiscal Year 2010
Mission, Vision & Values The Command Unit Chart Army Units Air & Joint Units Separate Units Training Sites Federal Missions Military Support Top Stories MilCon Financials County-by-County History Programs Directorates Support
From the Adjutant General
It is a privilege to present the Arkansas National Guard’s annual report for Fiscal Year 2010. Within these pages is an overview of our organization, along with several examples of the support we provide to our communities, state and nation. As in the past, 2010 presented some heavy challenges in our effort to balance our missions at home and abroad. Fortunately, the Soldiers, Airmen and civilian employees within this organization worked together to achieve success in all of our missions, just as they have always done. Together, these men and women have made our state proud by ensuring our organization’s ability to respond as needed here at home. From pre-positioning equipment in preparation for a potential ice stom, to responding to a late-night call for support in response to tornadoes, and searching for survivors of severe flooding, our Soldiers and Airmen were there, and our state employees helped ensure it was possible. Along with emergency response missions, our team of counterdrug personnel helped civil authorities recover over $200 million worth of stolen vehicles and equipment. They also helped the state “take-back” approximately two and a half tons of unused prescription drugs. We supported the state with these kinds of unique missions while continuing our efforts to ensure a positive future for our nation by operating two youth programs, and supporting a third on Camp Robinson. During the year, roughly 3,000 young men and women have entered these programs empty handed, but departed with a GED -- ready to start a new life. As we supported our state in these endeavors, we continued ourmission to help ensure that our nation’s military force was strong. Well over 100,000 Active Duty and Reserve Component troops from all 54 states and territories passed through our two training sites in 2010, with roughly 500 more trained by our Guardsmen at the Little Rock Air Force Base. Along with training troops to ensure the highest level of readiness, we put our own readiness to the test in support of operations overseas. Fiscal Year 2010 saw our Soldiers clearing the Afghan roadways of explosives and working with Afghan farmers to stabilize the region. It witnessed our Airmen in the skies over Afghanistan, with others here at home supporting those operations through data interpretation and intelligence support. After an earthquake left hundreds of thousands homeless in Haiti, our Airmen stepped up to provide intelligence support inside the borers of that devastated nation. Along with numerous individual mobilizations, the year also sent several of our troops on deployment to Kosovo, while bringing others home from Guantanamo Bay. These challenges are not solely by our uniformed Soldiers and Airmen. Our men and women are only able to perform at this level due to the tremendous support we enjoy from our Families, friend, employers, legislators and entire communities throughout the state. Wiathout this support we would not be able to respond to these calls to serve with such strength and determination. That support is greatly appreciated. With this, we proudly close another successful chapter of our history, and we pledge our continued support for years to come. -- Maj. Gen. William Wofford
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Arkansas National Guard
The Military Department of Arkansas is a broad, community-based organization with both federal and state government responsibilities. Federal missions include operations in support of the Army and Air Force for peacekeeping and wartime missions. State missions primarily include disaster relief and community support. The department, comprised of both Army and Air National Guard elements, has service and economic impact in 54 Arkansas counties. The agency’s mission, vision and values serve to focus operations on critical customer requirements to provide trained, ready professionals, and units responsive to the needs of the nation, state and community.
Arkansas National Guard military and civilian professionals, working as a team, building the finest reserve military organization serving the nation, state and community.
Integrity means honesty, candor, ethics, morals and accountability. Commitment means loyalty, caring, trust and teamwork. Professionalism means selfless service, empowerment, stewardship and excellence in all we do. Warrior Spirit means placing the mission first, never accepting defeat, never quitting and never leaving a fallen comrade.
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And Joint Staff
The Honorable Mike Beebe Governor of Arkansas
Maj. Gen. William D. Wofford The Adjutant General
Brig. Gen. William J. Johnson Deputy Adjutant General
Brig. Gen. Richard E. Swan Chief of the Joint Staff
Brig. Gen. Kendall W. Penn Assistant Adjutant General Army National Guard
Brig. Gen. Roger L. McClellan Commander, Joint Force Land Component
Brig. Gen. Riley P. Porter Commaner, Joint Force Air Component
Brig. Gen. Travis D. Balch Col. Tamhra Hutchins-Frye Chief of Staff Director of the Air Staff Air National Guard Air National Guard
Chief Warrant Officer Wayne Cates Command Chief Warrant Officer
Command Sgt. Maj. Deborah Collins State Command Sergeant Major
Command Chief Master Sgt. Stephen Arnold Command Chief Master Sgt. Air National Guard
Command Sgt. Maj. Steven Veazey Command Sgt. Maj. Joint Force Land Component
Arkansas National Guard
Commander and Leadership
State Chaplain: Lt. Col. Wesley Hilliard Deputy Chief of Staff Aviation: Col. John Payne Deputy Chief of Staff Engineering: Col. Robert Embrey Deputy Chief of Staff Information Management: Lt. Col. Robert Smothers Deputy Chief of Staff Operations: Lt. Col. John Stewart Deputy Chief of Staff Personnel: Col. Franklin Powell Deputy Chief of Staff Logistics: Col. Donald Brooks Director of Military Support: Lt. Col. Greg Bacon Director of State Resources: Mr. Raymond Moix Director of Human Resources: Lt. Col. Anita Long State Judge Advocate: Col. Matthew Fleming State Inspector General: Col. Randal Cowell United State Property and Fiscal Officer: Col. Philip Roser Strategic Planning Officer: Col. Larry Curtis 2010 Annual Report
Col. Kirk VanPelt 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
Col. Keith Klemmer 142nd Fires Brigade
Col. John Payne 77th Theater Aviation Brigade
Col. Patricia Anslow 87th Troop Command
Col. James Summers 189th Airlift Wing
Col. Thomas Anderson 188th Fighter Wing
Col. Walter Jones Robinson Maneuver Training Center
Col. Michael Merritt Fort Chaffee Maneuver Training Center
Col. Karen Gattis National Guard Marksmanship Training Center
Col. Louis Landreth 233rd Regiment Regional Training Center
Col. Robert Mason State Surgeon; State Medical Command
Lt. Col. Phillip Hogue Army Aviation Support Facility
ARKANSAS NATIONAL GUARD
Joint Force Headquarters* 61st Civil Support Team (WMD)* Army Aviation Support Facility* Detachment 30, Operational Support Airlift Cmd.* Medical Command* Recruiting and Retention* Camp Robinson Maneuver Training Center* Fort Chaffee Maneuver Training Center 233rd Regiment Regional Training Center* National Guard Marksmanship Training Center* Institute Support Unit*
77th Theater Aviation Brigade
Headquarters, Headquarters Co.* 777th Aviation Support Battalion (ASB)* Co. F, 2nd Bn., 211th Aviation Regiment (ATC)* Det. 1, Co. B, 449th Aviation Support Bn. (AVIM)* Det. 1, Co. F, 2nd Bn., 238th Air Ambulance* Det. 6, Co. D, 2nd Bn., 238th Air Ambulance* Det. 6, Co. E, 2nd Bn., 238th Air Ambulance* HHC, 1st Bn., 114th Aviation * Co. A (-), 1st Bn., 114th Aviation (S&S)* Det. 3, HHC, 1st Bn., 185th Aviation* Co. B, 1st Bn., 185th Aviation* Co. C, 1st Bn., 185th Aviation* Det. 1, Co. D, 1st Bn., 185th Aviation* Det. 1, Co. E, 1st Bn., 185th Aviation*
142nd Fires Brigade
Headquarters, Headquarters Btry., Fayetteville 142nd Network Support Signal Co., Springdale Btry. F, Target Acquisition Btry., Fayetteville 217th Brigade Support Battalion Headquarters, Headquarters Co., Booneville Co. A (-), Lincoln Det. 1, Co. A, Berryville Co. B, Rogers 1st Battalion, MLRS - M270A1 Headquarters, Headquarters Btry., Harrison Btry. A, Bentonville Btry. B, Springdale Btry. C, Rogers 936th Forward Spt. Co., Bentonville 2nd Battalion, M109A6 Paladin Howitzer Headquarters, Headquarters Btry., Fort Chaffee AFRC Btry. A, Fort Chaffee AFRC Btry. B, Siloam Springs Btry. C, Ozark 937th Forward Spt. Co., Fort Chaffee AFRC AFRC = Armed Force Reserve Center ATC= Air Traffic Control AVIM = Aviation Intermediat Maintenance * Robinson Maneuver Training Center **Little Rock Air Force Base ***Fort Smith Air National Guard Station Page 6
87th Troop Command
87th Troop Command Headquarters* 25th Rear Tactical Operations Center* 871st Troop Command Headquarters, North Little Rock 119th Mobile Public Affairs Det., North Little Rock 106th Army Band* 296th Ambulance Co., Hot Springs 213th (-) Med. Co. (Area Support), North Little Rock Det. 1, 213th Med. Co., Dumas 216th (-) Military Police Co., West Memphis Det. 1, 216th Military Police Co., North Little Rock 1123rd (-) Transportation Co., North Little Rock Det. 1, 1123rd Transportation Co., Blytheville 224th (-) Maintenance Co., Mountain Home Det. 1, 224th Maintenance Co., Marshall 875th Engineer Battalion Headquarters, Headquarters Co., Jonesboro 1036th Engineer Co., Jonesboro 1037th Engineer Co., Paragould 1038th Horizontal Construction Co.* 1039th (-) Engineer Co., Marked Tree Det. 1, 1039th Engineer Co., Harrisonburg Arkansas National Guard
39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
Headquarters, Little Rock Special Troops Battalion Headquarters, Headquarters Co., Conway Co. A, Clarksville (Engineers) Co. B, Little Rock (Military Intelligence) Co. C, Pine Bluff (Signal) Brigade Support Battalion Headquarters, Headquarters Co., Hazen Co. A (-), Stuttgart Det. 1, Co. A, West Memphis Det. 2, Co. A, Pine Bluff Co. B, Heber Springs (Maintenance & Transportation) Co. C, Lonoke (Medical) Det. 1, Co. F, Beebe (Forward Support) 1st Battalion, 206th Field Artillery Headquarters, Headquarters Btry. (-), Russellville Det. 1, Headquarters, Headquarters Btry.* Btry. A (-), Morrilton Det. 1, Btry. A, Perryville Btry. B (-), Dardanelle Det. 1, Btry. B, Paris Attached: Co. G, Brigade Support Bn., Russellville 1st Battalion, 153rd Infantry Headquarters, Headquarters Co. (-), Malvern Det. 1, Headquarters, Headquarters Co.* Det. 1, Malvern Co. A (-), Prescott Det. 1, Co. A, Arkadelphia Co. B (-), Texarkana Det. 1, Co. B, Hope Co. C (-), Mena Det. 1, Co. C, DeQueen Co. D, Sheridan Attached: Co. E, Brigade Support Bn., Benton 2nd Battalion, 153rd Infantry Headquarters, Headquarters Co (-), Searcy Det. 1, Headquarters, Headquarters Co., Wynne Det. 1, Headquarters, Headquarters Co.* Co. A (-), Walnut Ridge Det. 1, Co. A, Rector Co. B (-), Batesville Det. 1, Co. B, Augusta Co. C (-), Forrest City Det. 1, Co. C, Brinkley Co. D, Newport Attached: Co. F, Brigade Support Bn., Cabot
1st Squadron, 151st Cavalry Headquarters, Headquarters Troop (-), Warren Det. 1, Headquarters, Headquarters Troop* Troop A (-), El Dorado Det. 1, Troop A, Crossett Troop B, Magnolia Troop C (-), Camden Det. 1, Troop C, Fordyce Attached: Co. D, Brigade Support Bn., Monticello
189th Airlift Wing**
189th Operations Group** 189th Operations Support Flt. 154th Training Sqd. 189th Maintenance Group** 189th Maintenance Sqd. 189th Aircraft Maintenance Sqd. 189th Maintenance Operations Flt. 189th Maintenance Support Flt. 189th Mission Support Group** 189th Mission Support Flt. 189th Communications Flt. 189th Security Forces Sqd. 189th Services Flt. 189th Civil Engineer Sqd. 189th Logistics Readiness Sqd. 189th Medical Group**
Air Guard Separate Units
123rd Intelligence Squadron** 154th Weather Flight**
188th Fighter Wing
188th Mission Support Group*** 188th Mission Support Flt. 188th Civil Engineer Sqd. 188th Security Forces Sqd. 188th Communications Flt. 188th Services Flt. 188th Logistics Readiness Sqd. 188th Operations Group*** 188th Fighter Sqd. 188th Operations Support Flt. 188th Maintenance Group*** 188th Maintenance Operations Flt. 188th Maintenance Sqd. 188th Aircraft Maintenance Sqd. 188th Medical Group***
2010 Annual Report
MAJOR SUBORDINATE COMMANDS
ARMY Joint Force Land Component
39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team
The largest major subordinate command in the Arkansas National Guard, with more than 3,000 Soldiers, experienced a busy year, two years into their reset since returning from deployment to Iraq. The “Bowie Team” supported community-based events, held a successful two-week annual training event, receive updated communications equipment and was selected for a 2011 rotation at the National Training Center, at Fort Irwin, Ca. In May, the 39th IBCT provided security and support for the 2010 Arkansas Mission of Mercy,” an annual effort by the Arkansas State Dental Association to provide a free clinic to uninsured, underprivileged and low income families. Always staying sharp, the Bowie Team’s annual training at Fort Chaffee included weapons qualifications, drivers training, sniper traning, and a host of events designed to prepare the unit for support of state or federal missions as necessary. During the unit’s annual training in June, the 39th received new communications network equipment known as WIN-T. More than 50 Soldiers were selected to participate in two months of training on the new equipment in Terre Haute, Ind., with the Indiana National Guard. During the fiscal year, the 39th was selected for a unique training opportunity at the National Training Center. The month-long training exercise will take place in March 2011 and is designed to prepare the Bowie Team for a possible future deployment to Afghanistan. This is the first time in more than 10 years that an Arkansas Army National Guard unit has been selected to go to the NTC, and the 39th will be one of the first light infantry units to train at the center in a Title 32 status since September 11, 2001.
142nd Fires Brigade
The 142nd Fires Brigade consists of approximately 1,200 Soldiers divided between three battalions, and wields the M270A1 Multiple Rocket Launch System and the M109A6 Paladin Howitzer. The fiscal year was a busy one for the 142nd, which made great strides toward reaching their goal of becoming a fully-integrated Fires Brigade, and training with all of its units. During 2010 Annual Training, the brigade got a chance to exercise its training oversight relationship (TRO) with the 1st Battalion, 181st Field Artillery from the Tennessee Army National Guard, which brought its High Mobility Artillery Rocket System to Fort Chaffee. It marked the first time that the brigade had command and control over units with three different artillery systems since becoming a Fires Brigade. The 142nd also has a TRO with the Alabama Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 117th Field Artillery Regiment. It was also a year of significant new equipment fieldings, including the WIN-T communications system. The 142nd demonstrated unmatched high standards and proficiency during New Equipment Training at Fort Hood, Texas. The WIN-T increases the brigade’s capacity to coordinate firing missions, support the warfighter as well as homeland support and defense operations when called upon. The 142nd’s second battalion underwent a retrofit of their M109A6 155mm Paladins, allowing them to fire the M982 Excalibur Precision Guided Munition. During the process, the battalion’s Paladins underwent systems upgrades to the chronograph, power conditioner and electronic inductive fuse setter. The 142nd also continues to deploy forces in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The Arkansas National Guard’s second Agriculture Development Team, currently undergoing training for mobilization, is staffed primarily with members of the 142nd.
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77th Theater Aviation Brigade
The 700-man 77th Theater Aviation Brigade was busy in Fiscal Year 2010 conducting mobilizations, State Active Duty missions, and training opportunities with civilian medical organizations. In April, 60 Soldiers from two units of the 77th deployed in support of the Kosovo Force. Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 114th Aviation Regiment is providing command and control to all aviation assets in the region, and Detachment 1, Company F, 2nd Battalion of the 238th Aviation Regiment is providing medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) services. As reported by the 130th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, members of the Kosovo-deployed units spend several hours, twice a week, teaching English to local students at the Youth Center in Ferizaj/Urosevac. In October, elements of the 77th participated in a joint training exercise with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), involving a mock mass-casualty scenario. Over 50 simulated victims were transported by air from Camp Robinson to the UAMS helipad. Throughout fiscal year 2010, 77th units have supported scores of mission requests from the state and other major commands, including six missions in support of the Unites States Navy Special Warfare Group. In June, three air crews from the 77th participated in search and recovery operations following the rapid flooding of the Albert Pike campground north of Langley, Ark. In April, the 77th welcomed Lt. Col. John Payne as its new commander, and bid hale and farewell to Col. Karen Gattis. Payne was pinned a colonel just two months later.
87th Troop Command
The 87th Troop Command is made up of 20 units and is the most diverse in military specialty. During Fiscal Year 2010, the brigade oversaw the mobilization and deployment of approximately 60 Soldiers and Airmen with the Arkansas National Guard’s first Agricultural Development Team to Afghanistan. The 87th also prepared more than 200 of its Soldiers for deployment. Members of the 1037th Route Clearance Company, a combination of the 875th Engineer Battalion’s Paragould-based 1037th Engineer Company and Jonesborobased 1036th Engineer Company, deployed in January and returned to a heroe’s welcome in November. On the home front, the 875th provided a platoon of engineers to support the activecomponent’s 7th Special Forces Group during a week-long training operation in northeast Arkansas called Operation Huckleberry Strike. The 87th’s 871st Troop Command completed a challenging re-stationing of the 1123rd Transportation Company from North Little Rock to West Memphis, and the re-stationing of the headquarters unit of the 216th Military Police Company from West Memphis to North Little Rock. The brigade’s 25th Rear Operations Center participated in Operation Key Resolve, an annual command post exercise held by United States Forces Korea, and conducted with the Republic of South Korea at Fort Bragg, N.C. During the two-week command post exercise, the 25th served as the active component’s 4th Infantry Division Headquarters for the 18th Airborne Corps. During the fiscal year, the 871st’s 106th Army Band participated in 29 performances. 2010 Annual Report Page 9
MAJOR SUBORDINATE COMMANDS
AIR & JOINT Joint Force Air Component
188th Fighter Wing
The 188th Fighter Wing is co-located with the municipal airport at Fort Smith, Ark., and is comprised of approximately 1,000 Airmen. In Fiscal Year 2010, the 188th deployed its aviation package with 269 personnel, and operated 12 A-10 Thunderbolt II “Warthogs” from Kandahar Air Base, Afghanistan. Deployed Airmen conducted surge operations during their first five days in country, and continued to perform at an extremely high operations tempo, flying 734 combat sorties totaling 2,870 combat hours. They aggressively took the fight to the enemy with 30mm rounds, rockets and bombs. Despite the harsh environment, maintenance personnel achieved a 85 percent capability rate, and a 75 percent fully mission capable rate, allowing the wing to meet every mission assigned. Back at home station, the Avionics Intermediate Station developed a local repair process that alleviated a backlog of grounded Warthogs due to throttle grip and up-front control (UPC) problems. They repaired 29 throttle grips and 67 UFCs, saving the Air Force more than $1.5 million. Several new construction projects were undertaken or initiated, including a $8.5 million Civil Engineering Complex, a $4.5 million renovation of the main aircraft hanger, approximately $1 million Fuel Facility upgrade and repair, and a $2.5 million program for the replacement and privatization of water, gas and electric at the wing facility, which is co-located at the Fort Smith municipal airport. The wing also achieved a 103.2 percent manning level for fiscal year 2010, up from the previous year’s 96.15 percent.
189th Airlift Wing
The 189th Airlift Wing of the Arkansas Air National Guard is located on the Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville, Ark., and focuses on providing C-130 air crew training, and airlifting of cargo and personnel in support of state and national missions. During the fiscal year, the wing flew more than 5,000 accident-free hours, and trained more than 520 students. The 189th also saw the deployment of 84 personnel to eight locations in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. During the year, the 189th transitioned from the C-130 E model to the C-130 H model as all E models are being retired from Air Force inventory. This transition is designed to prepare the wing for its new role as the formal training unit for the Air Force’s new C-130 Avionic Modernization Program (AMP) aircraft. The 189th is the lead unit for the AMP transition, and is the only Air National Guard unit to have crews qualified to fly and instruct in this new cockpit modification. During Fiscal Year 2010, the 189th’s Civil Engineering Squadron deployed to St. Michaels, Ariz., to work on projects in support of the Navajo Nation. The squadron also broke ground on a state-of-the-art $4 million engine shop facility for the Maintenance Group. In addition, the 189th Communications Flight completed a $1.2 million, 19,000 foot, fiber optic upgrade, enhancing network capability. On the home front, the 189th’s Rapid Augmentation Team (RAT) was called into action when a tornado ripped through Saline County the night of April 30. Thirty-nine volunteer Airmen deployed in less than three hours to East End, and set up to support the community and local authorities. Page 10 Arkansas National Guard
61st Civil Support Team (WMD)
The 61st consist of 16 Army and six Air Active Guard and Reserve personnel who are on call around the clock, allowing for immediate response to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) incidents. The unit exercised its response capabiliteis with 25 training missions in the fiscal year, meeting the objectives of incident commanders in a safe manner. The team also deployed to Dugway Proving Grounds in Utah for accelerated training on chemical and biological incidents, and to the National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn., for advanced radiological training. The 61st expanded its CBRN and anti-terrorism outreach training to include other organizations within the Arkansas National Guard, as well as external first response and law enforcement agencies. More than 190 members of the 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team received chemical and biological training, and in July, the 61st instructed Army and Air Guard chaplains, and their aides, on relevant CBRN, hazardous material (HAZMAT) and terrorism issues that they might encounter in domestic or foreign environments. In September, unit members conducted training to FBI Weapons of Mass Destruction coordinators, the Little Rock Bomb Squad and the North Little Rock HAZMAT Team on white powder theory, sampling techniques and mission protocol. The unit also trained and networked with the Department of Energy’s Office of Safe Transport, which is responsible for the safe transport of nuclear devices and weapons throughout the country. In December, 2009, the 61st was re-certified as a deployable civil support team in support of domestic operations by an evaluation team from Army North. The unit was a GO in all functional areas and tasks. Civil Support Teams are re-certified every 18 months.
Marksmanship Training Center
The National Guard Marksmanship Training Center, located at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock, executes competitions and formal school programs for all 54 states and territories. NGMTC’s competitive events are designed to develop advanced marksmanship skills that support unit-level qualifications. Formal schools in sniper, long-range marksmanship and qualification range operations increased readiness in all phases of the Army Force Generation cycle. More than 1,700 Soldiers and Airmen were trained at the NGMTC in fiscal year 2010. The National Guard Marksmanship Training Center hosts three major competitive events annually. From October 19-30, over 400 military marksmen from across the country and the world converged on Camp Robinson for the 39th annual Winston P. Wilson Warfighter Sustainment Training Exercise, and the 19th annual Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting. Men and women from 40 states and five countries raised their rifles, machine guns and pistols at targets as rains drenched the central-Arkansas area. Sgt. 1st Class Charles Blackwell of the Texas National Guard earned the top rifle and pistol score, while a team from the Louisiana National Guard took the All State Trophy home. In international competition, the United States’s All Guard Team brought home the coveted Lexington Green Championship Trophy. From November 7-13, NGMTC hosted the second annual Inter-service Sniper Sustainment Training Exercise at the Fort Chaffee Maneuver Training Center. Fifty-one sniper teams from across the National Guard and U.S. Special Forces participated in the event. The Marine Scout Sniper School took top honors at the event. 2010 Annual Report Page 11
ARKANSAS NATIONAL GUARD
SEPARATE UNITS Joint, Army & Air
Army Aviation Support Facility
The Army Aviation Support Facility, located at Camp Robinson, provides centralized control, and proper utilization, of all Arkansas Army National Guard aviation assets. The facility is responsible for the training and standardization of aviation air crews, and direct support maintenance of Army aircraft. The AASF supports the 77th Theater Aviation Brigade and its subordinate units. It also oversees Detachment 30, Operational Support Airlift Command, and the Reconnaissance and Interdiction Detachment. Detachment 30 provides fixed wing operational airlift in support of National Guard, military departments and federal agencies. The RAID provides needed aviation capabilities for State Active Duty missions as well as Counterdrug Program operations. In fiscal year 2010, more than 3,500 flight hours were logged, including state emergency, bambi bucket, air mission request and counterdrug missions.
Recruiting & Retention Battalion
During the summer of 2010, R&R underwent a conversion to a battalion command structure, with a headquarters unit and two companies. Company A covers the east side of the state and Company B covers the west side of Arkansas. For fiscal year 2010, Arkansas recruiters were able to enlist more than 1,200 Soldiers into the Arkansas Army National Guard, and they continue to strive for 100 percent manning. This year, Officer Strength Maintenance brought 40 new junior officers into the Army Guard, in addition to the 18 new warrant officer recruited. Medical recruiting, which focuses on health care professionals, saw 11 new officers, including five new nurses into the medical service corps and the medical corps. The Arkansas Recruit Sustainment Program uses training sites throughout the state to prepare new warriors for basic training and advanced individual training. More than 760 new Soldiers were handed off to their units during the fiscal year.
The State Medical Command (MEDCOM) is responsible for planning, programming and providing health and dental services that sustain the medical readiness of Arkansas National Guard units and Soldiers. Troop Medical Clinic provides acute care on a daily basis to Soldiers assigned or on temporary duty at Camp Robinson. In fiscal year 2010, MEDCOM saw more than 7,000 TMC patient visits, administered more than 280 flight physicals, performed more than 7,000 Periodic Health Assessments and provided CPR training to more than 230 Soldiers. In addition, 170 Guard medics attended MEDCOM training, and more than 4,000 credits were earned by Arkansas National Guard medics. Maj. Hal Vineyard received the National Guard Junior Dental Officer of the Year award. Page 12 Arkansas National Guard
123rd Intelligence Squadron
The 123rd Intelligence Squadron, also known as Distributed Ground Station-Arkansas, conducts near real-time exploitation of intelligence data to provide actionable, multi-source, combat intelligence to combatant commanders and warfighting forces. The 85-person unit also supports Homeland Defense, natural disaster and emergency response missions. The squadron has partially mobilized at home station since 2007 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Intelligence analysts from the 123rd have accumulated over 24,265 hours in support of 271 combat Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance missions, and directly contributed to efforts aimed at defeating insurgent forces, Al Qaida, and in the restructuring and security of Afghanistan. The unit also mobilized 10 members to Haiti in January in support of Operation Unified Response, where they created more than 2,000 intelligence products and exploited more than 300 hours of video. Five members supported Operation Deepwater Horizon Recovery.
Joint Force Headquarters
The Joint Force Headquarters provides command and control of all National Guard forces within the state of Arkansas. As well as serving as the home for the Office of the Adjutant General, the Camp Robinson based headquarters provides personnel, intelligence, operations, logistics, and other resource guidance and support to the major subordinate commands in the Arkansas National Guard. JFHQ has a wide variety of functions to include, but not limited to, planning and preparing for the mobilization of National Guard units; planning, preparing, and providing military assistance to civil authorities in support of domestic operations; as well as supporting the state’s civil and homeland security initiatives. vThe primary mission of the JFHQ is to provide trained, equipped and ready forces capable of mobilizing and deploying in support of federal and state missions, but can also be called upon to act as a joint services headquarters during national level or contingency response efforts.
154th Weather Flight
The 154th Weather Flight of the Arkansas Air National Guard is able to deploy within 72 hours of notification to provide 24 hour tactical meteorological and climatological services to two U.S. Army infantry brigade combat teams and an aviation brigade. The 154th is one of only 19 Air National Guard weather units across the nation classified as both a Battlefield Weather Team, and a weapons system. The small Geographically Separate Unit is located at the Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville, Ark., and maintains a worldwide mobilization capability for wartime contingency. In fiscal year 2010, the 154th supported the 189th Airlift Wing during their annual training in Gulfport, Miss., in July, and supported the 77th Theater Aviation Brigade’s 1st Battalion, 185th Aviation Regiment during their three week annual training at the Combat Readiness Center in Gulfport in August. 2010 Annual Report Page 13
Robinson Maneuver Training Center
Camp Robinson is one of two major training sites in Arkansas, and is home to three major schools, including the 233rd Regiment Regional Training Institute, the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center and National Guard Professional Education Center. In fiscal year 2010, RMTC supported the mobilization of the Arkansas National Guard’s Agricultural Development Teams in anticipation of deployments to Afghanistan, and the mobilization of Army aviation units in anticipation of a Kosovo deployment. The post provided housing, billeting, ranges, training areas, transportation and logistics support. A new Urban Assault Course was completed in 2010 which features a five-station training site designed for individual tasks and small-unit warrior task training. An expansion project is under way to increase the RV Park’s current capacity by 18 pad sites. Phase two is near completion. A new Donovan Briley Memorial has been completed on the east side of the main entrance, and a re-dedication was conducted on Oct. 8, 2010. The Army Physical Fitness Track and Nebraska Avenue were identified for resurfacing, and a new Institute Support Unit warehouse was approved for construction in 2011. As part of the Range Control Revitalization Plan, new training facilities were completed in fiscal year 2010, including a new tower, a covered mess area, a storage area and improved parking. A new radio tower was installed to increase communications coverage in the training areas.
Chaffee Maneuver Training Center
Fort Chaffee continues to be a premier training site for all components of the Department of Defense, exceeding 270,000 man-days of usage in fiscal year 2010. The 65,000 acre post is located near Fort Smith, Ark., and features a full array of field, range and battle training operations. It is also home to Razorback Range, an Air National Guard live-fire aerial gunnery area for the 188th Fighter Wing’s A-10 close air support training. More than 53,000 troops have taken advantage of the Chaffee Battle Training Center in fiscal year 2010, which provides computer-based virtual training of tactical combat simulations for Soldiers and leaders. The CBTC is comprised of the latest training aids, devices and simulation systems, and follows the “virtual constructive-live” training methodology -- based on virtual training prior to any live fire or in-the-field movements. The Improvised Explosive Device Defeat lane has been continually assessed and updated in order to stay current with the most up-to-date overseas contingency operations environments and terrain. In addition to this valuable training tool, Fort Chaffee boasts AH-64 attack helicopter gunnery and UH-60 live fire gunnery ranges, and is the host of the annual Inter-service Sniper Sustainment Training Exercise. This fiscal year saw the completion of the design review for the Combined Arms Combat Training Facility, and Live Fire Shoot House. Scheduled for completion in fiscal year 2011, these projects will provide the latest in training facilities and technology in the conduct of urban warfare training. A staff of 12 federally-funded full-time employees provide complete operation and maintenance support of these facilities. Page 14 Arkansas National Guard
233rd Regiment Regional Training Institute
The 233rd Regiment Regional Training Institute (RTI) boasts 102 officers and enlisted personnel in various full-time and part-time positions. RTI is home to the largest signal and infantry Military Occupational Specialty (MOS)-producing schools in the National Guard. RTI’s $3 million General instruction Building (GIB) has hosted more than 14,000 people, and conducted more than 310 events and 79 distant learning events since its opening in 2008. The 233rd received a 100 percent rating on a Command Maintenance Evaluation Team inspection in October 2009, and a 40 out of 40 on an Inspector General evaluation in June 2010. During a 25 series Career Management Field (CMF) accreditation evaluation conducted Jan. 25-27, 2010, the RTI received 18 Nominations of Excellence. In Fiscal Year 2010, the RTI graduated 1,201 students from all 54 states and territories from various courses. The Officer Candidate School (OCS) increased its traditional class participation by 29 percent, and the accelerated class participation by 50 percent, from the previous year. On Oct. 3, 2009, OCS pinned eight new lieutenants from its fall accelerated class. Fourteen were pinned in September 2010, including 10 from the summer accelerated class and four from traditional class #53. On September 9 the 2010 OCS Hall of Fame inductees were announced: Col. (Ret.) John L. Brackin, Col. (Ret.) Thomas C. Hunt, Col. (Ret.) George W. McCulley, Jr., Col. (Ret.) Nathaniel McGee, Col. (Ret.) Kenneth H. Newton and Col. (Ret.) Edward W. Whitaker, Jr.
National Guard Professional Education Center
The Lavern E. Weber Professional Education Center is a tenant on Camp Joseph T. Robinson and is the national training center for the Army National Guard. At the heart of PEC are its training centers: Education Support; Electronic Security Systems; the GED Plus Program; Human Resource and Readiness; Information Technology; Installations, Logistics and Environmental; Organizational Readiness; Resource Management; and Strength Maintenance. The 75-acre campus consist of 25 buildings, with a total staff of approximately 420 military and civilian contractor personnel who instruct more than 35,000 members of the National Guard from all 54 states and territories. For fiscal year 2010, PEC saw more than 18,000 resident attendees, along with more than 11,000 distance learning/web-based training students. Mobile Training Teams instructed another 6,682 Guard members. The GED Plus program, which saw the opening of its new 96,000 square foot complex in October 2010, graduated more than 2,800 new National Guard troops during the fiscal year. PEC also hosts a multitude of conferences each year for the National Guard, U.S. Army Reserve, U.S. Army, Department of Defense, and state and federal agencies. During fiscal year 2010, PEC hosted more than 3,400 conference attendees. From September 14-16, PEC hosted more than 250 movers and shakers from all over the country, and Central and South America, who met to discuss the eventuality of a major earthquake along the New Madrid Seismic Zone. 2010 Annual Report Page 15
ARKANSAS NATIONAL GUARD
Warthogs over Afghanistan
Nearly 300 members of the Arkansas Air National Guard’s 188th Fighter Wing from Fort Smith deployed to Kandahar Air Base in Afghanistan in early March. The unit was attached to the 451st Fighter Group in fulfillment of the second two months of a fourmonth rotation that was begun by a sister A-10 unit from the Maryland Air National Guard. The Air Expeditionary Force rotation lasted through May, 2010. This was the first deployed AEF rotation overseas for the “Flying Razorbacks” since the unit made its conversion from the F-16 Fighting Falcon to the A-10 Thunderbolt II, “Warthog.” The mission in southern Afghanistan called for close air support in response to ground troops who are in contact with the enemy. They also performed aerial escort for convoys in particularly hostile areas, and patrolled designated sectors and provided aerial reconnaissance to ground commanders. The unit flew 12 to 16 sorties a day, operating around the clock. The 188th flew more than 730 combat sorties, totaling more than 2,800 combat hours. More than 4,840 30mm rounds were fired along with a host of bombs dropped on enemy forces. Typically, flight missions ranged from two to five hours, with pilots tasked to either support specific ground units and operations, or to patrol sectors with one to 10 points of interest for reconnaissance. At any point a weapons system controller could divert them to assist ground forces as necessary. In just one action, 188th Warthogs came to the aid of a Marine unit pinned down on the outskirts of a village near Marjaf. Two of the unit’s pilots fired approximately 250 rounds each from the Gatlin guns, and completed two passes over the battle before the Airmen received the “all clear” signal from the Marines on the ground. On May 17, 2010, a World Airlines McDonnell Douglas DC-10 packed full of Guard members touched down at Fort Smith Regional Airport. The 12 deployed Warthog aircraft, and 50 support personnel, returned later in the week. Despite their near midnight arrival, more than 1,000 Family members and friends gathered on the tarmac to welcome them home. It was an emotional moment as the Airmen were reunited with their Families at the 188th’s Consolidated Maintenance Facility. On June 26, 2010, the Airmen and their Families were honored for their deployment with an inaugural Hometown Heroes Salute, held at the Fort Smith Convention Center.
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Engineers look for IEDs again
More than 200 Soldiers began a journey in August, 2009, that led them to Afghanistan when the 87th Troop Command’s 875th Engineer Battalion received a mobilization order. The 1037th Route Clearance Company -- a combination of the 875th’s 1037th Engineer Company from Paragould and the 1036th Engineer Company from Jonesboro -- was born. The new unit began home station training at Camp Robinson in October, 2009 before moving to Fort Chaffee, and ultimately to their mobilization station in early November. Many of the mobilized Soldiers were veterans of the 875th’s deployment to Iraq in 2006-2007, when the battalion made a name for itself by finding and clearing over 1,200 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) On Nov. 10, 2009, the unit departed the state with an emotional send off, and headed to Fort McCoy, Wis., where they underwent the final phase of their deployment training. Because the 1037th was scheduled to depart the state prior to Veterans Day, the city of Jonesboro celebrated their traditional Veterans Day parade four days early so they could incorporate a special send off for the Soldiers and their Families. Then on Jan. 25, 2010, the Soldiers signaled their readiness with a thundering “Hooah” during a send off ceremony at Fort McCoy. They loaded onto aircraft and headed to Afghanistan for a nine month deployment as part of the North Carolina National Guard’s 105th Engineer Battalion. Their mission: to once more look for roadside bombs, this time as part of Task Force Thor in southern Afghanistan. While there, the Arkansas engineers conducted 622 missions and patrolled more than 40,600 kilometers of roadway at roughly six kilometers an hour. They found and cleared 120 IEDs and suffered 21 detonations -- the best find-to-detonation ratio in the region. In a letter home to the Families, Lt. Col. Eric Kohl, the commander of the 105th, praised the Arkansas Soldiers for their tremendous success despite having to face the challenge of being in one of the most hostile areas for their battalion. Nine months after leaving, and before the break of dawn on Nov. 1, 2010, the Soldiers stepped off of a jet and back on to U.S. soil. The unit underwent demobilization at Camp Shelby, Miss., and returned to their Families on Nov. 6.
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Soldier and Airman Farmers
Arkansas’ first Agriculture Development Team began their mission in October 2009 when they began training for a yearlong mission to Afghanistan, which began in January 2010. The ADT is 64 members strong, and is a joint service unit made up of personnel from both the Army and Air National Guard. Their mission in Zabul Province, Afghanistan, was to expand the capabilities of the provincial agriculture department and improve agricultural productivity through agriculture education programs and practical application of improved farming techniques. The ADT put boots on the ground at their forward operating base in early April 2010, and built a reputation of effectiveness with the local farmers as well as the Afghan Agriculture Department and other forces operating throughout the province. The ADT was particularly effective in bringing agriculture education to many Afghan farmers. The ADT’s agriculture education seminars were presented in nine of the province’s 12 districts, directly impacting over 360 farmers. In addition, the ADT coordinated the first ever training program for para-veterinarians in the province, which subsequently resulted in over 4,000 sheep and goats being vaccinated for common herd diseases in one month. As a long-term continuation of their agriculture education programs, the ADT developed two agriculture demonstration farms with a vision of developing the two farms into agriculture resource centers through which the agriculture department channels services to the average Afghan farmer. The Arkansas Guard Team ran over 200 missions to effectively deliver agriculture education and farming consulting to villages and district centers all across the province. ADT representatives also provided mentorship to the staff of the Director of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock Department. This guidance was influential in establishing an agriculture extension agent program to represent the Afghan government in each district. These extension workers function as a conduit for relaying government information and farming problems to the government from the district level. Another major undertaking of the ADT was the development of a program of erosion control and water management utilizing check dams and green space vegetation development along major runoff streams. This project incorporated cooperative efforts with several other organizations including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, special forces units, divisions of USAID and several non-governmental agencies. Throughout the summer months the ADT utilized radio broadcasts to convey information on zoonatic disease transmission to the Afghan public. This endeavor helped the provincial agriculture and public health departments combat the exposure and contraction of animal borne diseases by humans – which affect hundreds of Afghans each year. The ADT-1 will be replaced in the agriculture mission in January 2011 by ADT-2.
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Aviators making a difference in Kosovo
Approximately 60 Soldiers with two units of the Arkansas Army National Guard’s 77th Theater Aviation Brigade bid a tearful farewell to Family and friends April 13, 2010 as they departed for mobilization training at Camp Atterbury, Ind. Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 114th Aviation Regiment (Security and Support), and Detachment 1, Foxtrot Company, 2nd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment (Air Ambulance) are currently serving together as the command element for Task Force Griffin during a 12 month deployment to Kosovo. They deployed in support of the ongoing peacekeeping mission there -- Operation Joint Guardian. The Soldiers began training for the deployment in March at Camp Robinson, before moving to Fort Chaffee for mission-specific training. A daily battle rhythm utilizing real-world intelligence, and equipment similar to what they would use while deployed, helped prepare them for their first overseas deployment as a group. Then in May, the 60 men and women headed overseas and took up residence at Camp Bondsteel, located near Ferizaj (Uroševac) in the eastern part of Kosovo. Since its arrival in Kosovo, Task Force Griffin has flown over 1,460 flight hours supporting various missions, including logistical transport, VIP support, medical evacuation flights, Quick Reaction Force training with NATO partner countries, and several joint training exercises with the partner countries. They have participated in three exercises flying multiship with Croatian MI-171s, and Swiss Super Pumas. They have also assisted local law enforcement with the first Kosovo counter drug operation, locating marijuana for eradication by local law enforcement. On the civil affairs side, Task Force Griffin, and specifically several members of the Arkansas and Iowa National Guards, spend several hours twice a week teaching English to local students at the youth center in Ferizaj/Urosevic. Normally, between 60 and 80 students attend the sessions. Members of the unit have also joined with local leaders to develop suicide awareness programs and prevention training and are taking their efforts to the local communities.
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State Active Duty Missions
The first of 39 State Active Duty missions began Oct. 30, 2009 when the Camden Armory opened its doors as a shelter following a tornado and flooding that hit the area on October 29. Only two other missions were recorded until just after the new year. In preparation for the arctic blast that was forecast to hit the state on January 6, the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management tasked the Guard to deliver cots and blankets to five locations in three counties in the northwest area of the state. Several FEMA generators were staged at Camp Robinson in preparation for winter weather. Less than a month later, when another spate of winter weather threatened the state, the Guard activated 35 Soldiers and Airmen to provide early storm preparation. When sevier winter weather hit the state on February 8, the Arkansas National Guard answered the call to provide 4-wheel drive ambulance support to Pulaski and Faulkner Counties. The Guard supported Metropolitan Emergency Medical Services (MEMS) with four military ambulances and eight Guardsmen, providing a driver and co-driver who were solely responsible for vehicle operations and transportation of MEMS personnel and civilian patients as necessary. In April, following two aerial search and rescue missions, approximately 100 Soldiers and Airmen answered the call for support even as killer storms were hammering the communities of East End, in Saline County, and Scotland, in Van Buren County. Fifty Aimen with the 189th Airlift Wing’s Rapid Augmentation Team raced to East End, arriving on the scene shortly after 1 a.m. in response to Governor Mike Beebe’s direction to get support on the ground as soon as possible. The team performed route clearance, security, health and welfare checks, and traffic control operations. In Scotland, the 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team arrived in the early morning hours to support the local authorities with security in the affected areas. In addition to personnel support, the Guard also briefly provided a 400 gallon water tanker to Scotland, and a 100k generator to Jackson County. On the morning of June 11, 2010, the Arkansas National Guard deployed a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter and crew to the Albert Pike Campground north of Langley, Ark., in response to a call to assist with search and rescue operations. Heavy rains over a short period of time resulted in a flash flooding in the area which left several people unacounted for. The flooding claimed the lives of 13 people. That same day, the Guard provided one Blackhawk to fly the governor and emergency officials on a flood surveillance mission over the stricken area. The final mission of Fiscal year 2010 came on August 29 when the Guard was called on to provide aerial support in the search for an escaped convict in the Bauxite area. Over the course of the fiscal year, the Guard recorded 11 missions providing over 32,000 gallons of clean drinking water to 15 municipalities, and 11 general aviation missions that included search and rescue, fugitive searches and reconnaissance flights. Arkansas National Guard
Arkansas National Guard Counterdrug Program
With a budget of a little more than $2.19 million, the Arkansas National Guard Counterdrug Program continues to provide support to law enforcement agencies at the state and federal levels to help reduce the supply of illegal drugs in Arkansas. Counterdrug aviation personnel flew more than 1, 030 flying hours in support of law enforcement, including the detection of labs and indoor grows, aerial reconnaissance, surveillance, security, and airborne command, control and communications. The Guard assisted in 21 arrests, and in the eradication of more than 15,000 marijuana plants and more than 220 pounds of processed marijuana. Counterdrug Soldiers and Airmen also provided investigative case support to the Arkansas State Police as well as several federal anti-drug agencies in Arkansas. In one particular operation in Mount Judea, the Guard assisted in the recovery of more than $200,000 in stolen vehicles and equipment. Near the end of September, Guard members played a major roll in the recovery of nearly two and a half tons of unused and unwanted prescription medications across the state as part of the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Event. The Drug Demand Reduction (DDR) team focuses on reducing the demand for dangerous drugs through education of youth and parents, and does so through a series of anti-drug programs for schools and organizations statewide. More than 40 presentations were made to Arkansas schools in fiscal year 2010, reaching more than 15,000 of the state’s youth with our anti-drug message.
State Partnership Program
The Arkansas -- Guatemala partnership began in 2002 and is one of 62 state partnership programs worldwide. The partnership operates within six major project areas: emergency management/disaster planning and response, engineering, aviation, logistics, medical, and security relations. The program is a tool that allows states and countries to conduct inter-cultural exchanges that broaden their international scope through face-toface interaction. Currently, Arkansas is in the second year of a three-year emergency management earthquake project in which our Guatemala emergency management partners work with the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management as the state prepares for a nationallevel earthquake exercise in May 2011. During fiscal year 2010, the partnership conducted or participated in three exchanges, including an emergency management earthquake monitoring site visit to Guatemala, a humanitarian dental professionals exchange held in Arkansas, and the New Madrid Seismic Zone Conference and Workshop held at Camp Robinson in September. 2010 Annual Report Page 21
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Arkansas Guard in Action
Oct. 2, 2009 -- Eight members of the Arkansas National Guard completed the naturalization process and were honored with a citizenship recognition ceremony at Camp Joseph T. Robinson. Oct. 3, 2009 -- The Arkansas Air National Guard formally recognized the contributions to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan by 42 members of the 189th Airlift Wing through a program called the “Hometown Heroes Salute.” Oct. 3, 2009 -- The 1037th Route Clearance Company, a combination of the 875th Engineer Battalion’s 1037th and 1036th Engineer Companies, began home station training at Camp Robinson in anticipation of a November mobilization in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Oct. 10, 2009 -- A ground-breaking ceremony marks the start of construction on a new 108,000 square foot, $22 million, Armed Forces Reserve Center in Highfill, Ark. Oct. 26-30, 2009 -- The National Guard Marksmanship Training Center hosts the 39th Annual Winston P. Wilson Warfighter Sustainment Training Exercises, and the 19th Annual Armed Forces Skill at Arms Meeting at Camp Robinson. Nov. 7, 2009 -- The Arkansas National Guard formally stood up its first Agricultural Development Team (ADT 1) to assist in the redevelopment of agriculture in Afghanistan. Arkansas is one of 10 states which have fielded such teams. Nov. 10, 2009 -- The 1037th Route Clearance Company departs the state with an emotional send off as 200 Soldiers head to Fort McCoy, Wis., in preparation for deployment to Afghanistan in early 2010. Dec. 3, 2009 -- The city of Cabot fulfills a goal set eight years earlier with the ground-breaking of a new National Guard armory that promises to bring an estimated $1 million annually into the local economy. The 35,540 square foot building is being built to house the 125 members of Company F, 39th Brigade Support Battalion, 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Jan. 4, 2010 -- Approximately 50 members of the 188th Fighter Wing depart for a four-month deployment to Afghanistan as part of the unit’s Aerospace Expeditionary Force (AEF) rotation. Jan. 10, 2010 -- For heroic actions in an attempt to save a life during an incident at Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, Ark., Maj. Steven Hall and Chief Warrant Officer Ricky Bullinger are awarded the Soldier’s Medal. Maj. Michael Henderson received the National Guard Association of Arkansas Valley Forge Certificate for his actions during the attempt. Page 22 Arkansas National Guard
TO P ST OR I E S
Jan. 21, 2010 -- After a 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastates the island nation of Haiti, seven members of the Air National Guard’s 123rd Intelligence Squadron depart the state in response to Arkansas’ first call for Guard support there. Jan. 25, 2010 -- With a thundering “Hooah,” the Arkansas Army National Guard’s 1037th signals its readiness to make a difference in Afghanistan during a send off ceremony at Fort McCoy, Wis. Jan. 31, 2010 -- Thirty-eight members of the 188th Fighter Wing’s Civil Engineering Squadron return from a six-month deployment to U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. Feb. 8, 2010 -- The Arkansas National Guard answers the call to provide fourwheel drive ambulance support to Pulaski and Faulkner Counties due to severe weather. A total of four military ambulances and eight personnel are tasked to support Metropolitan Emergency Medical Services (MEMS) during the icy conditions. Feb. 25, 2010 -- Over 40 organizations from across the state meet at Camp Robinson as part of the first ever meeting of the Arkansas Suicide Prevention Network. Feb. 27, 2010 -- The Arkansas National Guard announces its 2010 outstanding Soldiers and Airmen during a luncheon at Camp Robinson. Pfc. Gary Grantham of the 142nd Fires Brigade is named the Soldier of the Year and Staff Sgt. Eric Evans of the 142nd is named Noncommissioned Officer of the Year. Senior Airman Kyle Kalkbrenner is named the Airman of the Year and Tech. Sgt. Scott Lang is named the Air Noncommissioned Officer of the Year. March 5, 2010 -- The Arkansas Army National Guard’s Magnolia armory is dedicated to the memory of the late Maj. Gen. James H. “Jimmie Red” Jones, a former adjutant general of Arkansas. March 8, 2010 -- More than 200 members of the 188th Fighter Wing depart Fort Smith for Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan as part of an AEF rotation flying A-10 Thunderbolt II “Warthogs.” March 8, 2010 -- Approximately 20 troops join the Arkansas State Police, Drug Enforcement Agency, Newton County Sheriff and the 14th Drug Task Force in the search for the body of a man suspected to have been murdered in relation to a drug operation. The Arkansas National Guard Counter Drug Program provides ground surveillance personnel, aerial surveillance, ground penetrating radar, bulldozers and excavating equipment in the effort. April 5, 2010 -- Arkansas’ ADT 1 arrives at Forward Operating Base Apache, Afghanistan to begin their mission. April 14, 2010 -- Approximately 60 Soldiers with two units of the Arkansas Army National Guard’s 77th Theater Aviation Brigade depart for mobilization training in anticipation of a deployment to Kosovo. 2010 Annual Report Page 23
TOP ST ORIES
April 17, 2010 -- Assistant adjutant general for the Arkansas Army National Guard, Kendall W. Penn, is pinned a brigadier general during a ceremony at Camp Robinson. April 17, 2010 -- The Arkansas Army National Guard’s 77th Theater Aviation Brigade welcomes Lt. Col. (promotable) John Payne as its new commander during a change of command ceremony at Camp Robinson. April 30, 2010 -- Even as killer storms were still hammering the state, approximately 100 Arkansas Soldiers and Airmen answer the call for support in the communities of East End and Scotland. May 17, 2010 -- More than 200 members of the Arkansas Air National Guard’s 188th Fighter Wing return to home station following an AEF deployment to Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan. May 21-23, 2010 -- Over 30 Soldiers with the Arkansas Army National Guard’s 39th IBCT work to help provide a safe and secure environment for the “Arkansas Mission of Mercy” dental clinic in Monticello. June 12, 2010 -- The latest addition to Fort Chaffee Maneuver Training Center officially opens for business with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the post’s new Consolidated Maintenance Facility. The $27.5 million, 181,007 square foot, facility houses both Army Reserve and National Guard personnel, and is designed to streamline the maintenance process. June 26, 2010 -- More than 300 Airmen with the Arkansas Air National Guard’s 188th Fighter Wing along with their respective Families are honored for their service in Afghanistan at a Hometown Heroes Salute at the Fort Smith Convention Center. July 10 2010 -- Col. Patricia Anslow accepts command of the Arkansas Army National Guard’s 87th Troop Command at a ceremony in Chappell Armory on Camp Robinson. July 17 2010 -- Medal of Honor recipient and long-time advocate for veterans, Nick Bacon, passes away after a battle with cancer. A special memorial service is held July 24 at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock. Aug. 7, 2010 -- Col. Michael D. Merritt of Dardanelle, Ark., assumes command of the Fort Chaffee Maneuver Training Center during a formal change of command ceremony at the post theater. Aug. 17, 2010 -- Col. Randall W. Cowell assumes the position of inspector general of the Arkansas National Guard, bringing to the position 33 years of knowledge and experience. Sept. 12, 2010 -- Pamela Huff becomes the first African-American, and first female to be promoted to Chief Warrant Officer 5 in the Arkansas National Guard. Page 24 Arkansas National Guard
TO P ST OR I E S Earthquake response workshop
Sept. 14-16, 2010 -- The New Madrid Seismic Zone was the subject of a threeday conference at Camp Robinson in which movers and shakers from all over the country, and Central and South America, met to plan for the eventuality of a major earthquake. More than 250 National Guard leaders from more than 30 states -- including the eight states that would be most affected by a major earthquake along the infamous fault line that once move the mighty Mississippi River in 1812 -- met at the Professional Education Center to discuss capabilities, shortfalls and response planning. Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee are all members of the Central United States Earthquake Consortium, whose stated mission is the reduction of deaths, injuries, property damage and economic losses resulting from earthquakes in the central United States. The workshop included presentations by CUSEC, the National Emergency Management Association, the Arkansas Geological Survey, Civil Air Patrol, SOUTHCOM and NORTHCOM. Even America’s largest retailer, Wal-Mart, offered a look at their planned disaster response efforts. Dr. Paul Stockton, the assistant secretary of defense for Homeland Defense and Americas’ Security Affairs, was the keynote speaker on September 14. Also attending the workshop were several National Guard State Partnership Program members. Capt. Francisco Abrego of the Chilean Military gave an enlightening account of how his country dealt with a recent 8.8 magnitude event.
Our strength is our people
Dec. 11, 2009 -- Military Funeral Honors recognizes its top volunteers at an awards ceremony; Sgt. 1st Class Gus Raney receives the Arkansas Exceptional Service Medal for participating in more than 220 missions in 12 months. Jan. 06, 2010 -- The Arkansas National Guard recognizes the Fiscal Year 2009 Employees of the Year: Army AGR -- 1st Sgt. Class Ronnie Copeland, Army Technician -- Sgt. 1st Class Sarah Manning, Air AGR -- Master Sgt. Jillian Churchill, Air Technician -- Staff Sgt. Brian Mobler, State Administrative employee -- Ms. Betty Browning, State Non-Administrative employee -- Mrs. Kathy Zmudzinski. Feb. 23, 2010 -- Chief Master Sgt. Jesse J. “ Buddy” Burns, II, receives a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Guard Bureau’s Air Guard Recruiting Service for his incredible feat of having recruited 880 men and women into the 189th Airlift Wing over 33 years of recruiting service. Aug. 15, 2010 -- Master Sgt. Brian May of the 188th Fighter Wing is named the Air Force Association’s 2010 Air National Guard Outstanding Honor Guard Program Manager of the Year. Promotions to Col.: Michael D. Merritt; Stephen Redman; Tamhra Hutchens-Frye; Franklin Powell; John Payne. 2010 Annual Report Page 25
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National Guard Bureau GED Plus
Located on Camp Robinson as part of the Professional Education Center, The 90,000 square foot GED Plus complex provides classroom and supporting facilities to train and test recruits to pass their GED exam before shipping to basic training. It includes administration offices, a dining facility, recruit trainee barracks, a general instruction area and a physical training area.
Fort Chaffee Consolidated Maintenance Facility
The new 181,007 square foot joint maintenance complex allows National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve units to maintain equipment, and ensure it is ready for mobilization. It includes parking, access roads, security fencing, a loading ramp, flammable materials storage, controlled waste handling and sidewalks. The $27.5 million facility was opened in June 2010.
Camp Robinson Ammunition Supply Point
The Ammunition Supply Point complex includes an administration building, an inert devices building and eight buried ammunition magazines. It is designed to expedite the issue of ammunition and the turn-in of expended brass and containers.
Currently Under Construction
Armed Forces Reserve Center Armed Force Reserve Center National Guard Readiness Center Armed Forces Reserve Center Addition Armed Forces Reserve Center Armed Forces Reserve Center Armed Forces Reserve Center & Field Maintenance Shop Armed Forces Reserve Center Page 26 Arkadelphia Bentonville Cabot Camden El Dorado Hot Springs Jonesboro Pine Bluff $13 Million $22 Million $10 Million $4 Million $13 Million $14 Million $25 Million $10 Million Arkansas National Guard
Total operational expenditures in Fiscal Year 2010
TH E GU A R D’ S
l $296 Million -- Federal Funding l $62 Million -- State Funding
(Includes Federally reimbursed funding)
95% of budget is Federal Funding 5% is State Funded l Cooperative Funding Agreements between the Arkansas Military Department and the National Guard Bureau are in place to support construction, maintenance, repair or operation of facilities, and mission operational support as authorized.
8,000 Soldiers (Appx.) 2,000 Airmen (Appx.) 27 Army Helicopters 9 C-130 Aircraft assigned to the 189th Airlift Wing 18 A-10 Thunderbolt II Aircraft assigned to the 188th Fighter Wing More than 100 units in 54 counties Units and facilities in 63 communities 1,800 federal employees (Appx.) 500 state employees (Appx.)
Arkansas Military Department Financial Overview State Expenditures State General Revenue $ 3,367,968 State Payroll $ 6,983,140 State Emergency Call-Up $ 67,089 State Non-Emergency Call-Up $ 2,150 Cooperative Funding Agreement $ 52,092,163 Total State Expenditures $ 62,512,510 Federal Expenditures Military Pay Civilian Pay Active Guard & Reserve Pay Air National Guard Civilian Pay Air National Guard Military Pay Operations & Maintenance Army Operations & Maintenance Air Total Federal Expenditures Total Expenditures 2010 Annual Report
39 State Active Duty mission in FY 2010 90 graduates of Youth Challenge Program 15,000 marijuana plants eradicated (Appx.) 12,240 hours of community service by CSTP students 300 Soldiers and Airmen (Appx.) deployed FY 2010 38,000 (Appx.) Troops trained at RMTC facilities, ranges and training sites 520 Airmen trained at the 189th 2,870 combat hours flown by 188th fighter pilots.
$ $ $ $ $ $ $
95,414,129 44,010,888 68,333,268 15,326,437 13,837,715 43,373,373 15,752,168 $ 296,047,978 $ 358,560,488
3,000 (Appx.) GEDs awarded through youth programs Page 27
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Average expenditures by county, based upon assigned strength of Guard personnel County Federal P&A State O&M Total County Arkansas $ 1,913,052.57 $ 19,047.00 $ 1,932,099.57 Jefferson Ashley $ 1,098,234.88 $ 20,626.00 $ 1,118,859,88 Johnson Baxter $ 3,330,128.55 $ 19,057.00 $ 3,349,185.55 Lawrence Benton $ 13,568,502.49 $ 47,631.00 $13,616,133.49 Logan Boone $ 4,215,801.04 $ 17,232,00 $ 4,233,033.04 Lonoke Bradley $ 2,692,444.36 $ 41,814.00 $ 2.734,258.36 Miller Carroll $ 2,019,333.27 $ 28,375.00 $ 2,047,708.27 Mississippi Clark $ 2,231,894.67 $ 11,936.00 $ 2,243,830.67 Monroe Clay $ 1,417,075.98 $ 33,542.00 $ 1,450,617.98 Nevada Cleburne $ 2,621,590.56 $ 8,868.00 $ 2,630,458.56 Ouachita Columbia $ 1,842,198.77 $ 25,735.00 $ 1,867,933.77 Perry Conway $ 1,735,918.07 $ 22,732.00 $ 1,758,650.07 Phillips Craighead $ 12,151,426.52 $ 45,229.00 $ 12,196,655.52 Poinsett Crittenden $ 2,125,613.97 $ 20,013.00 $ 2,145,626.97 Polk Cross $ 2,019,333.27 $ 13,591.00 $ 2,032,924.27 Pope Dallas $ 1,523,356.68 $ 16,303.00 $ 1,539,659.68 Prairie Desha $ 1,275,368.38 $ 10,370.00 $ 1,285,738.38 Pulaski Drew $ 3,507,263.05 $ 26,478.00 $ 3,533,741.05 Saline Faulkner $ 6,057,999.81 $ 22,649.00 $ 6,080,648.81 Searcy Franklin $ 2,975,859.55 $ 15,442.00 $ 2,991,301.55 Sebastian Garland $ 2,409,029.16 $ 11,625.00 $ 2,420,654.16 Sevier Grant $ 2,373,602.26 $ 10,877.00 $ 2,384,479.26 St. Francis Greene $ 4,251,227.94 $ 13,906.00 $ 4,265,133.94 Union Hempstead $ 1,275,368.38 $ 13,567.00 $ 1,288,935.38 Washington Hot Springs $ 5,880,865.31 $ 34,921.00 $ 5,915,786.31 White Independence $ 3,011,286.45 $ 20,558.00 $ 3,031,844.45 Woodruff Jackson $ 2,586,163.66 $ 12,045.00 $ 2,598,208.66 Yell Total Federal Pay & Allowances (P&A) = $348,140,141.00
Federal P&A $ 2,054,760.17 $ 2,586,163,66 $ 2,657,017.46 $4,499,216.23 $ 4,676,350.73 $ 1,700,491.17 $ 2,373,602.26 $ 1,346,222.18 $ 2,196,467.77 $ 1,700,491.17 $1,452,502.88 $ 1,806,771.87 $ 3,188,420.95 $ 2,444,456.06 $ 6,270,561.20 $ 2,550,736.76 $ 125,836,346.88 $ 3,967,812.74 $ 2,054,760.17 $ 54,947,121.06 $ 1,771,344.97 $ 2,975,859.55 $ 1,027,380.08 $ 10,876,058.13 $ 5,597,450.11 $ 1,487,929.78 $ 1,983,906.37
State O&M $ 23,902.00 $ 15,562,00 $ 30,457.00 $ 38,765.00 $ 20,627.00 $ 31,215.00 $ 19,926.00 $ 8,494.00 $ 10,133.00 $ 32,065.00 $ 14,551.00 $ 12,461.00 $ 41,706.00 $ 25,167.00 $ 22,972.00 $ 34,916.00 $ 10,097,635.00 $ 32,555.00 $ 24,002.00 $ 3,586,222.00 $ 8,628.00 $ 10,997.00 $ 10,892.00 $ 83,806.00 $ 60,535.00 $ 9,512.00 $ 7,939.00
Total $2,078,662,17 $ 2,601,725.66 $ 2,687,474,46 $ 4,537,981.23 $ 4,696,977.73 $ 1,731,706.17 $ 2,393,528.26 $ 1,354,716.18 $ 2,206,600.77 $1,732,556.17 $ 1,467,053.88 $ 1,819,232.87 $ 3,230,126.95 $ 2,469,623.06 $ 6,293,533.20 $ 2,585,652.76 $ 135,933,981.88 $ 4,000,367.74 $ 2,078,762.17 $ 58,533,343.06 $ 1,779.972.97 $2,986,856.55 $ 1,038,272.08 $ 10,959,864.13 $ 5,657,985.11 $ 1,497.441.78 $ 1,991,845.37
Total State Operations & Maintenance (O&M) = $14,899,811.00
Total Economic Impact (Federal P&A + State O&M) = $363,039,952.00 Includes Army and Air expenditures Total Arkansas National Guard strength as of Sept, 30, 2010 = 9,827 Federal P&A is the percentage of Guard personnel assigned per county x federal expenditures for the state State O&M amounts are provided by the Directorate of State Resources
Arkansas National Guard
The Arkansas National Guard traces its roots back to the formation of a small territorial militia in 1804. Two hundred and six years later, the Arkansas Guard continues its duel mission of service to the state and the nation, including historic deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo and other areas of the globe.
206 Years of Service
Since Sept. 11, 2001, more than 12,000 of Arkansas’ Citizen Soldiers and Airmen have been mobilized to more than 50 locations, affecting every Army and Air Guard unit in the state. One Air Guard unit, the 123rd Intelligence Squadron, has been partially mobilized since August 2007 in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom -- without ever leaving their building at Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville, Ark. The Arkansas Guard has also responded to 39 state active duty missions, assisted civil authorities with multiple counter-drug operations and deployed troops in support of the people of Haiti. All of this is part of a long legacy of service. On Oct. 1, 1804, a law was enacted in the Indiana territory’s newly created District of Louisiana -- of which Arkansas was a part -- requiring that “all male inhabitants in the district be liable to perform militia duties...” When Arkansas became the 25th state in 1836 the militia was strong and well organized. After the Civil War, the militia was reorganized into the Arkansas State Guard, and in 1909 it was transformed into the Arkansas National Guard, gaining federal recognition and support. The Air Guard was established in 1925 with the formation of the 154th Observation Squadron at Little Rock’s Adams Field. The Arkansas Guard has seen action in both World Wars, Korea, Desert Storm, and Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and Noble Eagle. During World War II, members of the Arkansas National Guard crossed the beaches of Normandy, stormed Mount Cassino, helped destroy the Polesti oil fields, defended Dutch Harbor, Alaska, participated in the Rhineland campaigns, and helped liberate Rome. The Arkansas National Guard has fought in the Mexican-American War and infamous Brooks-Baxter War of 1874. The Arkansas Air Nawith the introduction of the F-84 during the Korean War, and since then toric aircraft. Today the 189th Airlift Wing flies the storied C-130 Hercu188th Fighter Wing flies the awesome A-10 Thunderbolt II “Warthog.” During Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm, 13 Arkansas Army National Guard units were called into federal service, and members of 10 Air units were called up. More than 3,400 Arkansans were tapped for service. In 2003, the 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team rumbled into Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom II, and was the first National Guard IBCT to go back when they deployed again in 2007. In 2006, the 87th Troop Command’s 875th Engineer Battalion deployed to Iraq, where they were able to clear over 1,200 IEDs. They did such a good job that the battalion’s 1037th Route Clearance Company was called up again in 2009-2010 to clear IEDs in Afghanistan. The Arkansas National Guard also deployed its first 60- person joint Agriculture Development Team to Afghanistan in 2010, and is currently training the second ADT for deployment in early 2011. 2010 Annual Report Page 29 War, Civil War, Spanish-American tional Guard entered the jet age has flown a litany of hisles transport, and the
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Arkansas National Guard Youth Challenge is a 22-week residential program at Camp Robinson for at-risk youth, ages 16 to 18. The program is centered on teaching eight core components of life skills that help cadets become successful members of society. The eight components are: academic excellence, physical fitness, job skills, service to the community, health and hygiene, responsible citizenship, leadership/followership, and life coping skills. Youth Challenge graduated 90 cadets in fiscal year 2010, representing classes 32 and 33. Of those, 45 earned their GED or high school diploma during the residential or post-residential phase. Ten graduates from the two classes joined the military, eight enrolled in college and three joined the job corps. During the fiscal year, Youth Challenge cadets performed community service at numerous events, including the 2009 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure -- one of the largest of the national Komen events to help fight cancer. Cadets also made it onto another national stage by serving as Color Guard during the FLW fishing tournament in Hot Springs. Cadets also set up, cleaned up and assisted during the Miracle League baseball games, and the Special Olympics. The Arkansas National Guard Youth Challenge program also participates in the Caregivers Choice program, which offers financial support to certified programs that provide one-on-one mentoring services to youth with incarcerated parents.
Civilian Student Training Program
The Civilian Student Training Program (CSTP) is a state-funded program that provides a structured, discipline-based and military-style, behavior modification environment. The program accepts adjudicated male nonviolent offenders ranging in age from 13 to 17 into a nine-week residential multi-phase program. The curriculum stresses value-based learning, physical fitness, academic and life skills education, and community service. The program was proposed by the Arkansas National Guard and established by the state legislature in 1993. All participants are enrolled under court order. During fiscal year 2010, 306 juveniles were enrolled in the program and 92 percent of them graduated, with an average 2.0 academic grade level increase per student. One of the most recognizable aspects of the program is the amount of community service performed during the fiscal year. During 2010, CSTP students contributed more than 12,240 hours of community service, including more than 1,500 during cleanup and improvement projects at the Old Mill park in North Little Rock. Among the program’s more notable accomplishments is a graduation rate of more than 90 percent, and a non-recidivism success rate of more than 85 percent. In addition, the program trained and certified mentors for more than 300 students. Page 30 Arkansas National Guard
The Family Programs office is a part of the Joint Services Support Branch of the Deputy Chief of Staff Personnel, and is designed to provide programs, benefits and resources for National Guard members and their Families. The office works closely with the Psychological Health Program, military life consultants, the transition assistance officer, the Joint Family Assistance Centers, Survival Outreach Services, the Employers Support of the Guard and Reserve, Military One Source, and the Yellow Ribbon Re-integration program. During the fiscal year, nine re-integration events were held throughout the state, with nearly 900 National Guard, and Army and Air reservists attending, including more than 700 Family members. Over the past fiscal year, Air National Guard Family Programs have continued to grow. The 188th Fighter Wing Airman and Family Readiness Office assisted Families with issues arising during the 188th’s Afghanistan deployment, and helped during the unit’s emotional homecoming. The 189th Airlift Wing fully implemented the Air Force Key Spouse Program during the fiscal year. Each squadron has appointed at least one key spouse to assist the commander and first sergeant in reaching Families, and to provide better peer-to-peer communication and support. In August, the 189th was honored to have one of its own Families named as the Air National Guard Family of the Year. The Family of Senior Master Sgt. Duane Moore received the prestigious award at the National Volunteer Workshop in New Orleans. With the addition of a Yellow Ribbon Support Specialist to the Joint Force Headquarters team, all Air National Guard units have implemented the Yellow Ribbon program.
Military Funeral Honors
The Arkansas National Guard Military Funeral Honors program serves those who have served their country by providing casket and firing teams, and Honor Guard details for military funerals throughout the state. The program is in its fourth year, and falls under Joint Force Headquarters, and specifically the State Command Sergeant Major. There are 137 volunteer Soldiers in the MFH program divided into regional teams. The Camp Robinson-based program also works with, trains, and certifies veteran service organizations all across the state who have their own programs. These VSOs programs supplement the multitude of MFH requests received. For fiscal year 2010, the program oversaw 1,228 funeral missions, eclipsing the 2009 record of 1,145 mission. In July, a 29-person Arkansas National Guard MFH detail had the privilege of serving at a special memorial service for Medal of Honor recipient Nick Bacon at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery. The detail folded a U.S. flag over Bacon’s cremated remains while another MFH group provided a 21-gun salute. Before he passed away after a long battle with cancer, Bacon specifically requested the Arkansas National Guard MFH detail. Also during fiscal year 2010, the Arkansas MFH team took fifth place overall at the Army National Guard Funeral Honors national competition held September 19 - 23 at Fort Snelling, Minn. 2010 Annual Report Page 31
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The Deputy Chief of Staff Aviation provides Army National Guard air support, security and reconnaissance for the entire state of Arkansas. For fiscal year 2010, DCSAVN, through the Army Aviation Support Facility, was responsible for 21 UH-60 Blackhawks, four UH-72 Lakotas and two OH-58 Kiowas. The Kiowas are being phased out of the Arkansas Guard inventory in favor of the two-engine Lakota, which entered service in 2009. DCSAVN and the AASF provided support for 11 of the 39 State Active Duty missions recorded for the fiscal year, including flying the Governor on disaster reconnaissance missions. On August 20, the DCSAVN and State Army Aviation Officer, Col. Mark McMullen, was given a wet send-off after he took his final flight as an Arkansas Army National Guard aviator. He retired September 1 after nearly 24 years of military flying. Lt. Col. Phillip Hogue assumed the roll of Deputy Chief of Staff for Aviation, as well as that of the State Army Aviation Officer.
The Deputy Chief of Staff Engineering provides construction, environmental and facility management services, and provides for purchases and construction accounting through its Cooperative Funding Agreement Center. The fiscal year 2010 operations and maintenance budget of $29,653,000 supported real property and environmental programs, including utilities, salaries, maintenance and repair of facilities, environmental compliance/conservation, and minor construction
projects. The fiscal year 2010 military construction budget of $40.8 million funded the on-going construction of Armed Forces Reserve Centers in El Dorado ($13 million), Pine Bluff ($9.8 million), Hot Springs ($14 million), and Camden ($4 million). The Guard also broke ground on the new Cabot Readiness Center which will house the 125 members of Company F, 39th Brigade Support Battalion, 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.
The Deputy Chief of Staff Information Management continued the Data at Rest plan, first begun in 2009, which includes the implementation of Mobile Armor on all government computers. Personally Identifiable Information and data is encrypted, helping to prevent any loss that would hurt individual and unit readiness. DCSIM also performed a hands-on migration of more than 1,700 workstations and laptops to Microsoft Vista. The fiscal year also saw the design of new network operations centers at Camp Robinson and Fort Chaffee, as well as a multitude of fiber projects and network connections at facilities throughout the state. DCSIM also is overseeing the statewide implementation of the Army Records Information Management System (ARIMS), and hired a full-time admin services specialist to train units. Page 32 Arkansas National Guard
The Deputy Chief of Staff Logistics is divided into Command Logistics and Maintenance divisions, and is responsible for advising the Adjutant General in the use of resources, as well as providing federal resources to ensure the readiness of the Guard. In fiscal year 2010, DCSLOG provided critical logistical and fiscal support in equipping units, and making units deploying in support of Operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kosovo operationally ready. The DCSLOG Maintenance division is comprised of consolidated surface maintenance shops, and eight field maintenance shops. They repaired more than 6,500 pieces of equipment during the fiscal year, and conducted annual services and calibration on all remaining equipment. FMS-6, located in Hazen, received an Efficiency in Maintenance Award. In fiscal year 2010, approximately $15 million was spent on logistical support and equipment readiness.
During fiscal year 2010, the Deputy Chief of Staff Operations was fully engaged in mobilization operations for several Arkansas Army National Guard units in support of operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kosovo. Most notable was the pre mobilization training and Soldier readiness processing of members of the 1037th Route Clearance Company for their mission in Afghanistan. DCSOPS was also instrumental in the mobilization of two units of the 77th Theater Aviation Brigade, and the Arkansas National Guard’s first Agricultural Development Team. Also during the fiscal year, DCSOPS fielded more than 40 new equipment systems, with a combined value of more than $83 million, and trained more than 1,200 Soldiers on the new equipment. The DCSOPS training branch processed more than 7,200 school applications and enrolled more than 3,900 Soldiers in Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) and professional development courses, making Arkansas among the 10 top states on percentage of MOS qualified Soldiers.
The Deputy Chief of Staff Personnel includes the Personnel Services Branch, the Action Branch, the Education Services Office, the State Family Readiness Office, the Transition Assistance Office and the Arkansas Committee of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. DCSPER is responsible for all Arkansas Army National Guard personnel actions, and ensures that quality professional services are provided to Soldiers and their Families. For fiscal year 2010, DCSPER supported the deployment, redeployment and re-integration of approximately 570 troops in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, New Dawn, and Kosovo Forces. Additionally, DCSPER performed a Soldier readiness assessment on more than 3,000 Soldiers from the 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. 2010 Annual Report Page 33
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The Directorate of State Resources (DSR) is responsible for approximately 540 state civilian employees, and the administration of all state funds and resources that support the Arkansas Military Department, and the Arkansas National Guard, including more than $52 million in Federal/State Cooperative Funding Agreements. DSR is responsible for the maintenance, repair and utility costs of the state’s National Guard readiness centers, the facilities of the Joint Force Headquarters, as well as Robinson Maneuver Training Center and Chaffee Maneuver Training Center. DSR also provides payroll services and other operational payments when Arkansas National Guard troops are called into State Active Duty (SAD). DSR spent more than $69,000 over 39 SAD missions during the fiscal year.
The Human Resources Office ensures the employment of a quality federal workforce in support of the Arkansas Army and Air National Guards. Areas of service include recruitment, placement, classification, employee benefits, development and training, equal employment opportunity, labor relations, and management of the Active Guard and Reserve (AGR) program. For fiscal year 2010, HRO screened more than 2,385 job applicants for 431 published positions. Five special emphasis programs were conducted in conjunction with the Little Rock Racial and Cultural Diversity Commission, including American Indian/Alaskan Native Heritage month, Asian Pacific Heritage month, Black History month, Hispanic Heritage month and Women’s History month. The program also participated in World Fest, and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. HRO conducts several training and information programs throughout the year, including the first Junior Officer Leadership Development Workshop.
The Director of Military Support recorded 39 State Active Duty (SAD) missions for Fiscal Year 2010, a marked drop from the record 107 recorded the previous fiscal year. Of these missions, 11 provided more than 32,000 gallons of clean drinking water to 15 municipalities. Eleven were aviation support missions, including search and rescue, fugitive searches and Governor disaster area reconnaissance flights. Most notable in the aviation arena were the three SAD missions in support of rescue operations during the Albert Pike flood disaster. DOMS also oversaw SAD missions in response to tornadoes that hit East End and Scotland, Ark. DOMS had the honor of hosting the fiscal year 2010 New Madrid Seismic Zone Workshop, held September 13 - 17 at the Professional Education Center on Camp Joseph T. Robinson. The event was attended by representatives of 35 states, three foreign countries and several federal and state agencies. The workshop covered response preparation for the eight affected states in the event of a major earthquake along the New Madrid fault. Page 34 Arkansas National Guard
National Guard Association
The National Guard Association of Arkansas helps develop and strengthen the National Guard, and fosters programs of interest to more than 1,800 active and retired National Guard leaders. The association is an integral part of a recently organized legislative action committee to better effect legislative actions at both the state and national levels. During the fiscal year, the association was proud to be a part of several federal issues, including realizing full-time manning, employer tax credits, future C-130 training missions and the Title 32 GI Bill. The association co-sponsored the nominations of seven of its members for National Guard Association of the United States awards. Col. (Ret.) Don Sears, Col. (Ret.) Frankie Sears and Lt. Col. James Treece each received Meritorious Service Awards, and Col. Tamhra Hutchins-Frye received a Meritorious Service Certificate. Maj. James Hall and Chief Warrant Officer Rickey Bullinger received the Valley Forge Cross for Heroism, and Maj. Michael Henderson was awarded the Valley Forge Certificate. Also during fiscal year 2010, the association was awarded the National Guard Association of the United States 100 percent membership plaque for the fifth consecutive year.
And Publication Staff
The Fiscal Year 2010 Arkansas National Guard Annual Report
Maj. Gen. William D. Wofford The Adjutant General of Arkansas Capt. Chris Heathscott State Public Affairs Officer Lt. Col. Keith Moore Air Guard Public Affairs Officer (Deployed with the ADT) Sgt. 1st Class Chris A. Durney Public Affairs Specialist Ms. Adrienne Brietzke Public Affairs Specialist Ms. Donna Shelton Public Information Officer Capt. Andretta Thomas Commander, 119th MPAD Capt. Heath Allen PAO, 188th Fighter Wing 1st Lt. Chris Nelson PAO, 189th Airlift Wing
The Enlisted Association of the Arkansas National Guard works to advance the standing, prestige and welfare of enlisted members, and engages legislators on key issues affecting the association’s annual, life and associate members. The EAANG also serves as the state chapter of the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States. Together, these associations work to upgrade National Guard equipment, and to increase benefits for Guard members. They work closely with the NGAA.
Arkansas Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve celebrated another very successful year. As a Department of Defense agency that seeks to promote a culture in which all employers support and value the military service of their employees, Arkansas ESGR obtained 934 Statements of Support from employeers, bringing the total number of statements to more than 4,000. During the annual Employer Awards luncheon, 18 Above and Beyond awards were presented to employers. Eads Brothers Furniture in Fort Smith, the Hampton School District and St. Edwards Mercy Health System in Fort Smith were each presented the Pro Patria Award -- the state’s highest employer award. During the annual Boss Lift, 29 employeers were flown to Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., for a personal view of National Guard and Air Force mission operations. 2010 Annual Report
The Arkansas National Guard Annual Report is an official publication of the Arkansas Military Department, Arkansas National Guard, and is published under the provisions of AR 360-1, AFI 35-101 and the Arkansas Military Department. It is available free of charge and is distributed as per the Adjutant General’s instructions. This publication is designed, laid out and edited by the Arkansas National Guard Public Affairs Office: (501) 212-5020. Views expressed herein are not necessarily those of any state or federal government agency. www.arguard.org.
Arkansas National Guard Public Affairs Office TAG-DZ-PA Building 5301, Camp Joseph T. Robinson North Little Rock, AR 72199-9600
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