Security (S&B/CBRNE) Magazine

SPR 2016

Security & Border Protection and CST & CBRNE Source Book, published jointly, concentrate on WMD response, NGB training, counterterrorism, and border security

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Page 20 of 35 S&BP and CST & CBRNE | Spring 2016 | 19 Multi-Threat Contingency Ready monitoring, using UH-72A Lakota helicopters, in support of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and associated agencies. The southwest border mission is a multi-state effort that combines pilots and crew chiefs, maintenance personnel and aircraft from several states to help curb illegal immigration and drug trafficking. Through our Counterdrug Program, we help law enforcement and community- based organizations to anticipate, deter, and defeat illicit drug-related threats in order to enhance national security and protect our society. In fiscal year 2015 alone, Counterdrug state operations personnel assisted law enforcement agencies in taking a total of $8.4 billion worth of illicit drugs off the street and helped disrupt or dismantle more than 2,866 drug trafficking organizations. In our communities, we work with local partners to strengthen our Soldiers, Airmen, families and the community itself through programs and services such as STARBASE, Youth ChalleNGe, and Joining Community Forces. These programs provide critical support to families and individuals when they need it the most. For example, Youth ChalleNGe is an alternative program for high-school students to learn life skills and earn a high school diploma or equivalency. Since the start of the ChalleNGe program in 1993, we've had more than 140,000 graduates; better posturing America's youth to becoming more productive citizens. S&BP: How has the National Guard's response to both man-made and natural disasters evolved over the years? An Alaska Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crew drops water on fres in Tok, Alaska. (Photo by Sherman Hogue/Fort Wainwright PAO)

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