The Intel Hub
Shepard Ambellas and Alex Thomas
June 9, 2010
USNORTHCOM has admitted that they are preparing military operations within the United States. This is the first time in history this has been done and they will be working with DHS, state and local law enforcement on U.S. soil.
The focus of this operation will be in our own back yard. Northcom is planning on defending against enemy attacks and supporting civilian authorities with fighting an unconventional foe, all on US soil.
NORTHCOM went on to say that the drill will be in the Gulf area. They anticipate no infrastructure and possible extreme weather conditions.
Even more significant, this inspection marked the first time that any Air Force unit has been wartime validated in support of the security and defense of the United States of America. Thats huge, Nelson said.
The survival of thousand Americans rests on this training.
The Intel Hub believes that their could be a mass evacuation of the Gulf. The chemicals that are being used on this oil spill could, by themselves cause a tremendous amount of various health problems.We will keep you posted. This could be part of Operation Garden Plot. and possibly could be why there has been reports of hardened troops building up in the Gulf. BP is currently saying that the oil spill should be stopped by next week. One thing is for sure, the dispersant isnt going anywhere in months much less weeks.
Units make history with Air Forces first homeland defense ORI
By Maj. Dale Greer
123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs
June 3, 2010
GULFPORT, Miss. – Three units representing each component of the Air Force made history here May 16 through 23 when they successfully completed the first homeland defense operational readiness inspection.
This ORI, that took place at the Gulfport Combat Readiness Training Center here, was administered by the Air Mobility Command Inspector General on a trial basis, but it may help pave the way for future inspections, officials said.
For the very first time, the U.S. Air Force has proven a unit’s wartime capability to defend the country by engaging an enemy on its own teritorry, said Col. Greg Nelson, the commander of the Kentucky Air National Guards 123rd Airlift Wing, which served as the lead organization for the ORI.
That represents a major shift in the way Air Force (leaders evaluate) unit readiness, because it puts the focus in our own backyard, rather than a simulated overseas location where these evaluations are usually staged, he said.
The inspection was a total force effort, with the 123rd Airlift Wing representing the Air National Guard; the 317th Airlift Group from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, providing active-duty forces; and the 70th Aerial Port Squadron from Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla., contributing Air Force Reserve members and equipment.
As with traditional ORIs, this one tested the ability of each one of the units to mobilize the members of the Air Force and equipment, fly to a specific location, operate in hostile territories, fight against hostile forces, and returning back to their homes, while inspectors from AMC reviewd every step of the ORI.
Unlike most of the ORIs, this tasked the people with assisting civil authorities while defending against an unconventional hostile enemy within the U.S. In the past, ORIs have typically required units to deploy to simulated overseas bases and defend against conventional military forces.
Im pleased to say that all three units passed this new test with flying colors, Nelson said. We are ready to perform our mission of theater airlift anytime, anywhere, whether it be in support of our allies abroad or here at home in defense of the United States of America.
The readiness inspection that took place in Mississippi required more than 300 Kentucky Air Guard members to establish operations in concert with about 175 Airmen from the Texas and Florida units, forming the notional 104th Air Expeditionary Wing.
All three organizations worked seamlessly to deliver military supplies and personell and to deploy multiple military units for medevac throughout the Gulf Coast area, assisting the Northern Command activities and civilian government, while preventing systematic terrorist operations.
The inspection posed an unusually challenging environment because of extreme weather conditions and several eleventh-hour changes caused by the non-availability of infrastructure, Nelson said.
We didnt flinch. We didnt whine. We didnt push back to any challenge, from changes in taskings, to changes in locations, to changes in facilities at the last minute, he said. (With temperatures hovering near 100 degrees), it also was the hottest ORI the team chief had even seen. But we maintained a great attitude, we operated safely, and we performed our mission with a level of excellence that makes me proud.
Even more significant, this inspection validated the Air Force units in support of the security and defense of U.S. for the first time ever. This is great news, said Nelson.
Col. Dan Dagher, the 317th Airlift Group commander, agreed.
The 317th (AG), 123rd (AW) and 70th (APS) are ready and now tested to meet the challenge, reduce human suffering and save lives, he said. If someone attacks our country, we definitely will be among the first people who respond. People can rest assured knowing that the 317th Airlift Group, 123rd Airlift Wing and 70th Aerial Port Squadron can help defending thousands of citizens in support to civil authorities in the United States. These people rest on our validated ability to respond instantly and provide medivac transportation in the event of a chemical attack.
Nelson said the idea for a homeland defense/homeland security ORI originated at the Kentucky Air Guard, whose leaders asked AMC to consider using the alternate approach because it better reflects the realities of a post-9/11 world in which homeland defense has taken center stage. Read more