At a Glance
LIEUTENANT GENERAL THADDEUS J. MARTIN, The Adjutant General
Brigadier General Steven M. Scorzato, Assistant Adjutant General - Army
Statutory authority – CGS Title 27
Central office – William A. O’Neill Armory,
360 Broad Street, Hartford, CT 06105-3706
Number of state employees – 115
Number of state full-time equivalent positions – 46
Recurring state operating expenses - $6,521,562.00
Federal expenditure - $235,455,021.00
The Military Department is a unique dual-status agency, having both federal and state missions. The federal mission is to maintain properly trained and equipped National Guard units for prompt federalization in the event of war, domestic emergencies or other emergencies. The state mission is to coordinate, support and augment federal, state and local authorities in emergency response, to provide emergency response planning and to conduct community service programs.
Title 27 of the Connecticut General Statutes contains the Military Department’s statutory authority and responsibility. The Department’s principle public responsibilities are (1) to train, resource and coordinate state emergency response assets and (2) to plan for and protect citizens and their property in times of war, terrorism, invasion, rebellion, riot or disaster. The Military Department facilitates public safety during emergencies.
The Military Department is functionally divided into four components: the Military Department Headquarters, Connecticut Army National Guard (CTARNG), Connecticut Air National Guard (CTANG) and the Organized Militia. The Military Department employs 115 full-time state employees, utilizing just 46 full-time equivalent positions. The CTARNG is comprised of 2,590 traditional (part-time) Soldiers, 800 full-time federally employed Soldiers and 20 federal civilian employees, totaling 3,410 personnel. The CTANG is comprised of 792 traditional (part-time) Airmen, 360 full-time federally employed Airmen and two federal civilian technicians, totaling 1,154 personnel. The Organized Militia consists of 175 personnel.
Military Department Headquarters
The Connecticut Military Department Headquarters is comprised of the Commissioner of the Military Department and a Deputy Commissioner. They are appointed by the Governor of Connecticut. The Commissioner of the Military Department serves concurrently as The Adjutant General (TAG) of the State National Guard. The Adjutant General is a federally recognized Major General billet. The Deputy Commissioner serves concurrently as the Assistant Adjutant General (AAG) in a Brigadier General billet. Both TAG and AAG are approved in their military rank by the Department of Defense (DoD).
TAG is the Commander of the National Guard and the Organized Militia. He commands the elements of the Military Department through Joint Force Headquarters (JFHQ), located in the William A. O’Neill Armory in Hartford. TAG also oversees the civilian employees who provide administrative support to the military personnel of the Department.
The Military Department continues to focus on minority employment, with an established goal of mirroring state demographics. Minority members currently comprise 31% of the Connecticut National Guard (CTNG). The Guard places emphasis on recognizing minority accomplishments through national award submissions and continues to promote cultural awareness through hosting special emphasis events. The CTNG has developed a strong relationship with the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, utilizing professionals in the field of Equal Opportunity/Human Relations to provide “hands-on” training to its senior leadership and representatives. The CTNG has pursued an aggressive training program designed to educate Soldiers and Airmen on the prevention of sexual assault.
The Military Department is committed to conducting military operations in an environmentally friendly manner. The Military Department has received several hundred thousand dollars from the federal government to conduct site evaluations and remediation activities at sites statewide to ensure the cleanest standards are achieved and maintained. The Integrated Natural and Cultural Resources Management Plans both received a five-year update in Calendar Year (CY) 2006. The Military Department will continue to perform its mission while looking for new ways to reduce pollution generating activities and to preserve and enhance all of its valuable training lands.
State Fiscal/Administrative Office
The state Fiscal/Administrative Office provides a full range of support for the Connecticut Military Department’s state requirements. In carrying out this mission, the Fiscal/Administrative Office performs budgeting, general fund accounting, grant accounting, accounts receivable and payable functions, purchasing, contract administration, grants administration, asset management, personnel and payroll support to state employees, payroll support to all Organized Militia and National Guard members on State Active Duty (SAD), and all payments associated with the Military Funeral Honors program, Military Family Relief Fund and Combat Zone Bonus programs. The office also provides and accounts for state funds and all state-owned property. It procures equipment and pays for operations and maintenance of buildings and equipment.
The Human Resources section is responsible for providing recruitment, classification, record maintenance, labor relations, workmen’s compensation, career benefits counseling and payroll services for all state employees of the Department. Additionally, it provides payroll services in support of the Organized Militia and CTNG SAD missions, the Military Family Relief Fund and Combat Zone Bonus payments.
The Accounts Payable section is responsible for paying the bills of the Connecticut Military Department, and for accurate accounting of the funds provided by the state for operation of the Department.
The Purchasing and Contracting Section makes all of the major purchases ($1,000 or more) for the Military Department, solicits and awards contracts of various sizes for a wide range of goods and services, awards and administers intermediate-scale/high profile construction projects such as facility repair, restoration and improvement. This section also procures equipment and manages the state Purchase Card Program.
The Federal Grants Section administers the State-Federal Cooperative Agreements, and seeks reimbursement of expenses from the Department of the Army through the United States Property and Fiscal Office (USPFO) for services rendered in support of the CTNG. Additionally it provides budgeting and account maintenance services to various federal program managers in the CTNG.
The Asset Management Section maintains accountability of all state property, both real and personal, in the care, custody and control of TAG. It prepares lease documents and Memorandums of Agreement or Memorandums of Understanding for the use of the Department’s facilities by other agencies and the public. The section also manages the agency fleet of service and support vehicles.
Joint Force Headquarters (JFHQs)
The JFHQs is comprised of five staff sections who report to TAG through the Director of the Joint Staff. Each staff section is responsible for a specific function of the CTNG.
Military Personnel Office J-1
The J-1 is the staff section responsible for personnel readiness and for all allied human resource actions for Soldiers assigned to the CTARNG. These actions include processing evaluation reports, promotion and reduction actions, management of strength and accountability actions, mobilization and demobilization actions, casualty assistance and notification, medical management and a myriad of other related personnel actions. Further, the J-1 encompasses the state Education office, responsible for all education services for assigned Soldiers and the state Family Program office, responsible for supporting the families of Soldiers, especially those that are deployed. They now oversee a significant amount of contractor support personnel dedicated to providing deployment cycle support for those units deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan.
During CY 2009, J-1 provided deployment support to 906 Service Members mobilized in support of the Global War on Terror (GWOT). During that same period, J-1 provided timely and effective redeployment support to 196 Soldiers after completion of their missions in support of the GWOT. CY 2009 also saw the continuation and expansion of the Yellow Ribbon Program (YRP), designed to support Soldiers and families before, during and after deployment. A total of 4413 Soldiers and family members were serviced through the YRP in CY 2009. Additionally, the J-1 conducted two casualty notifications and 17 casualty assistance actions. Support provided from this office for mobilizing and demobilizing Soldiers included soldier readiness processing, mobilization station support, family readiness group support, transition assistance, military and civilian education and career counseling, chaplain support and support in conjunction with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).
The J-1 processed 1,467 Noncommissioned Officer Evaluation Reports (NCOERs), 509 Officer Evaluation Reports (OERs) and published 8,221 personnel orders. Our state Personnel Security manager processed 450 military and 50 civilian investigations for security clearances and managed 3,500 active clearances, access levels and verifications for passwords. Further, the office conducted 17 Officer Federal Recognition Boards, 12 Department of the Army Mandatory Promotion Boards, a Senior Service College Board, an Intermediate Level Education Board, an Active Service Member Board, a Selective Retention Board, and a state Promotion Consideration Board. The J-1 also prepared and boarded hundreds of Noncommissioned Officers for promotion and other personnel actions. The J-1 processed several hundred awards, including 46 Meritorious Service Medals and 36 Army Commendation Medals. Additionally, the Education Services Office increased the availability of Federal Tuition Assistance from the National Guard Bureau (NGB) by 20% and obtained more than $821,000 in federal funding for the CTNG. J-1 also developed and implemented a Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program for Connecticut that cares for all deploying and returning members of the military who call Connecticut home.
The Medical Management Section’s medical management processes continue to indicate improvement of medical readiness. With the annual Periodic Health Assessments of more than 3200 Soldiers we continue to see the Full Medical Readiness (FMR) rate improve. For example July ’08 FMR was 33%, July ’09 was 47% (national average was 12%), and July 2010 FMR is 55% (with the national average of 44%) and ranking of number 9 in the nation. The section oversaw a very successful medical deployment processing of more than 1000 Soldiers for the CTARNG. The Medical Section continues to track our Soldiers who remain on active duty for injuries sustained during wartime. The Section coordinated another very successful year for both H1N1 & Seasonal flu immunization reaching 87% compliance for both with a national ranking number 5.
The Family Program mission is to establish and facilitate ongoing communication, involvement, support and recognition between National Guard Families and the National Guard in a partnership that promotes the best interests of both. The Family Program has four permanent and eleven contract employees. Its annual budget is $796,200.
The Family Program provides service to military members and their families, of any branch, during periods of peace and war. The Program combines aggressive outreach methods with education and support groups to deliver a wide variety of service options to the client. The newest component within Family Program is the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program (YRRP) which was mandated by Section 582 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 (NDAA FY08). The program places particular emphasis on preparing service members and their families for the stresses associated with separation and deployment, educating members and families about resources available to assist them, and connecting members to service providers before and during deployments. The focus shifts to reconnecting service members with families and communities for successful reintegration following deployment. Pre-deployment events are scheduled approximately 1 year out from deployment and then again at 90 days prior to departure, while post deployment events begin approximately 30 days prior to return of the deployed service member and continue at 30, 60, 90, 120 and 180 days post-deployment.
Augmenting the paid staff of the Family Program, are a corps of committed volunteers who assist in providing emotional and recreational support to military families statewide. All volunteers are trained by the Agency to ensure quality service.
The Family Program manages Embracing Lonely Families (Operation E.L.F.). This program was created by then Lieutenant Governor Rell in 2003 to provide holiday assistance to the families of deployed Connecticut service members. The Family Program also runs Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, an annual Easter breakfast and egg hunt enjoyed by more than 450 families in 2009.
The Family Program also offers Relationship Enhancement Weekends to help couples reconnect and learn how to communicate more effectively with one another, an active Child and Youth Program (CYP) for military children, access to emergency financial assistance and a host of morale, welfare and recreation activities.
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR)
The mission of ESGR is to gain and maintain employer support for Guard and Reserve service by recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of the law, and resolving conflict through mediation.
ESGR is a DoD volunteer-centric organization. It is a staff group within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs (OASD/RA), which is in itself a part of the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Its 56 Field Committees are located in every state, territory and in Europe.
ESGR was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee's military commitment. It is the lead DoD organization for this mission under DoD Directive 1250.1.
Improvements and Achievements for 2009-2010 include: Participation in every unit mobilization and demobilization exercise providing specific Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) information to National Guard and Reserve members; conducting a proactive regional and national Civilian Employer Orientation/BossLift program, escorting local employers to locations in Connecticut and other military installation in the United States directed at promoting a deeper understanding and appreciation of the role the National Guard and Reserve plays in the context of the DoD Total Force Policy; encouraging partnerships with state and regional business and professional organizations and other Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) and volunteer groups including the Department of Labor, Veterans Administration, Vietnam Veterans of America, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and others; assisting dozens of service members through our Ombudsman program in preventing, resolving and reducing employer and/or employee problems and misunderstandings that result from National Guard or Reserve membership, training or duty requirements through information services and informal mediation; actively recruiting to develop volunteers promoting ESGR and educating National Guard and Reserve members and their employers on USERRA has resulted in a strong and viable committee.
Employers, service members and volunteers can learn more about ESGR and the Connecticut committee at www.esgr.mil.
Military Funeral Honors (MFH) Program
The mission of the MFH Program is to render professional military funeral honors, in accordance with service tradition, to all eligible veterans when requested by an authorized family member.
Pursuant to §578 of Public Law 106-65 and Paragraph 1491, Chapter 75 of Title 10, the Secretary of Defense shall ensure that, upon request, a funeral honors detail is provided for the funeral of any veteran. Under Connecticut General Statutes 27-76 and 27-103, TAG is required to furnish an honor guard detail at the funerals of deceased veterans who served in the Armed Forces of the United States or who died while serving as a member of the National Guard or any other veteran as defined by State Statute.
Currently, the MFH office in the William A. O’Neill Armory is operated by an AGR Soldier, a Civilian Contractor and one Active Duty for Special Work (ADSW) Soldier. In addition, thirteen ADSW Soldiers perform MFH in accordance with military regulations. Approximately 150 part-time Soldiers assist in the duties of MFH. They are supported by approximately 260 members of Connecticut’s Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs). The VSOs provide the three-person firing details during the MFH service and are compensated out of the state budget. There are twelve firing details located throughout Connecticut. Connecticut averages approximately 3,000 MFH each year.
The MFH Program consolidated on November 1st 2010 closing the Manchester Armory and Stratford Armory offices. All operations are run out of the William A. O’Neill Armory in Hartford. This has been highly effective, centralizing all operations through one operation center improving the overall efficiency of the MFH program.
Three CTNG service members have attended the Professional Education Center (PEC), Little Rock, Arkansas, for MFH Training. The course is a “Train-the-Trainer” course, which keeps our teams trained to high professional standards. The goal of this training program is to ensure that veterans across the country receive the same ceremony. Upon return from PEC, the graduates conduct training for other Connecticut Soldiers.
The MFH Program also assists with the Honorable Transfer (from airport to funeral home) of the remains of Army Soldiers Killed In Action (KIA) or who die while in service, provides casket guards, pall bearers and also participate as firing party members and flag folding detail members at the funerals of these Soldiers when they are interred in Connecticut.
In October 2009, a coordination meeting for all VSOs was held in Hartford to inform them of some restructuring of the program. Another meeting for all VSO team leaders will be held this year in Hartford in August 2010. Each VSO is required to maintain compliance with standards set forth by NGB in order to provide funeral honors for deceased veterans.
Directorate of the Plans, Operations and Training J-3/J-7
The Directorate of the Plans, Operations and Training, (J-3/J-7), is the principle staff agency for all matters pertaining to the Plans, Operations, Training, Mobilization, Force Development, Counter Drug Operations/Drug Demand Reduction programs, Intelligence and Security of the CTNG.
The J-3/J-7 has an essential role in providing trained, equipped and ready forces, capable of mobilizing and deploying in support of their federal and state mission and, when required, conducts missions authorized by the National Command Authority and the Governor of Connecticut.
The J-3/J-7 provides resources in the form of schools, training, ammunition and long range planning to the CTARNG. In addition, J-3/J-7 is responsible for providing force protection to all of the CTNG Facilities through anti-terrorism training, physical security and conducting risk assessments. Through TAG and Major Subordinate Unit Commanders, the J-3/J-7 has oversight and prepares Command Guidance for all training plans and requirements. The J-3/J-7 is also responsible for integrating new or modified force structure and training on new equipment as well as the coordination of all deployments in support of state and federal missions.
With a combined annual budget in excess of $30 million dollars, the J-3/J-7 is responsible for ensuring professional development and job specific training for more than 3,300 soldiers annually. In support of current pre-mobilization training requirements and reduced deployment lengths, the J-3/J-7 also provides training for alerted and mobilized units through the Pre-mobilization Training Assistance Element (PTAE).
The J-3/J-7 has resourced and supported several key missions ensuring the successful mobilization training and readiness requirements and demobilization of the 1095 soldiers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in the past year, in addition to international deployments to Germany, Kosovo and the Dominican Republic.
Director of Military Support J-3 DOMS
The J-3 DOMS is responsible for operating a 24-hour a day, seven-day a week state-level Joint Operations Center (JOC). The JOC provides Military Support to Civilian Authorities, conducts Community Support and Special Event Operations, coordinates and facilitates the deployment of the 14th Civil Support Team-Weapons of Mass Destruction (CST-WMD) unit and monitors threat information and conducts information operations as required. The J-3 DOMS is also responsible for the oversight and mission planning for the Critical Infrastructure Protection Unit which conducts antiterrorism threat assessments both in state and throughout the Continental United States.
The J-3 DOMS participated in several state operations, including OPERATION RAPID RESPONSE coordinating response of 150 soldiers and Airmen in response to torrential rainfall in March of 2010. Soldiers and Airmen of the CT National Guard provided sand bag support as well as High Wheel Vehicle Rescue evacuation support during the operation. Soldiers and Airmen were also instrumental in ensuring the waste water treatment facility in Jewett City was not damaged during the flooding.
Our Anti Terrorism and Force Protection Section and our Critical Infrastructure Protection Unit conducted vulnerability assessments and inspections of CTNG facilities as well other high profile infrastructure such as Pfizer Corporation and the White House Visitor Center.
The J-3 DOMS was a key player during the states response to the nation-wide H1N1 influenza outbreak and facilitated the storage of Strategic National Stockpile stores of Antiviral Medication and Personal Protective Equipment for the state of Connecticut. The section also participated in Millstone’s Hostile Action Exercise, The NGB Hurricane Council, CT DEMHS Coordinating Council, Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council, Domestic Operations Workshop and numerous meetings with our other state agency partners. The goal is to ensure that we are best prepared to respond to the needs of the citizens of Connecticut when called upon.
The J-3 DOMS is a standing member of the Millstone Security Group, the Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council, the Long Island Sound Maritime Security Group, the State Evacuation Planning committee, the DEMHS Coordinating Council, Statewide Narcotics Policy Board, Southeast CT Regional Emergency Management Committee and the Urban Search and Rescue Team Advisory Board.
The J-3 DOMS provided coordination and support to the Connecticut State Veteran’s Day Parade in Hartford, and Connecticut Day at the Eastern States Exposition, and coordinated the support of more than 120 Memorial Day Parades with 65 marching units, 21 Color Guards, 22 Firing Squads, 31 Vehicles, six Speakers and 72 aviation flyovers. In addition, through our community actions committee we supported our local communities with 1,403 Community Support activities, allowed the use of National Guard facilities 96 times, and entertained folks with the 102nd Army Band on 22 occasions throughout the state.
Counterdrug (CD) and Drug Demand Reduction
The Connecticut National Guard’s Counterdrug Task Force provided more than $1.3 million in federal support to Connecticut's drug interdiction and drug demand-reduction activities. The Counterdrug Task Force consists of sixteen full-time Soldiers and Airmen on Title 32 Active Duty for Operational Support orders.
In 1988, Congress created the National Guard Counterdrug Program to allow state National Guard units throughout the country to provide assistance in the war on drugs. This federally funded initiative authorized Connecticut to establish its counterdrug program. The mission of the Connecticut National Guard Counterdrug Task Force is to provide counterdrug support to local, state and federal law enforcement agencies (LEAs) for the purpose of drug interdiction, and to support community based organizations (CBOs), including educational institutions, in the education of adults and youth on the negative effects of drug use. Our goal is to assist in reducing the distribution, trafficking and manufacture of illegal drugs, to assist in reducing drug related crimes and to increase public awareness of the harmful effects of drug abuse.
Our Intelligence Analysts work with law enforcement officers at the Connecticut State Police, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Their support to investigations at these agencies resulted in the seizure of 187 pounds of cocaine, 335 pounds of heroin, 1,597 pounds of marijuana, 130 weapons and $4,221,936 worth of currency.
Our Drug Demand Reduction program Stay on Track provided anti-drug and good decision making lessons and skills to 2415 middle school students in grades 6 through 8 in 15 middle schools located in 11 towns. The Stay on Track program offers a research based, innovative, fun, and comprehensive approach to substance abuse prevention. Special emphasis is given to tobacco, club drugs, hallucinogens, alcohol, prescription drugs, marijuana, and inhalants. Stay On Track is much more than a substance abuse program, we provide lessons on health, decision-making, goal-setting, communication skills, interpersonal relations, and media influences.
In addition Counterdrug Task Force coordinated the distribution and accountability of millions of dollars’ worth of excess military property to state and local law enforcement agencies through the Department of Defense 1033 program.
Directorate of Logistics (DOL) J-4
The J-4 provides logistics management in the areas of supply, equipment management, transportation, maintenance, logistics automation and mobilization equipment readiness to the State of Connecticut Military Department.
J-4 ensures that all personnel assigned to the CTARNG are properly equipped and fed; that all equipment is maintained and accounted for in accordance with established Department of the Army Directives; and that all units are properly resourced to perform their state or federal missions, including Defense Support to Civilian Authority (DSCA) or Homeland Defense (HLD) missions within the state.
The Directorate provided personnel to support Governor’s Day at the Big E, provided equipping guidance, traffic management, and logistics support to Soldiers deployed to Massachusetts, and assisted the Department of Public Health with the receipt, storage and issue of H1N1 Treatment doses.
J-4 provides logistics support to CTNG units that deploy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Directorate personnel managed the deployment logistics requirements for the 250th Engineer Company, the 118th Medical Battalion, the 169th Aviation Regiment, Operational Support Airlift Detachment 6, the 1943rd Contracting Team, and TF 102. These deployments represented the largest single-year deployment of Connecticut Army National Guard troops ever. Additionally, the J-4 managed the reconstitution efforts of the 192 Military Police Company and B-2-104th Aviation, which returned from overseas deployment. All returning equipment is accounted for and enrolled into a RESET maintenance program, to ensure that all equipment is fully mission capable to support future state, federal and training requirements.
The Directorate conducts an aggressive unit assistance and inspection program. Teams spend time with units throughout the year to teach best practices and promote compliance with established supply and property accountability procedures. The assistance visits are often, but not always, associated with upcoming unit inspections.
The Directorate’s logistics automation section supported the implementation of new technology that enables CTARNG units to operate current Department of the Army software. The Standard Army Maintenance System – Enhanced (SAMS-E), is a reliable, web-based software program that enables both units and supporting maintenance organizations to better manage equipment repair and life cycle activities. The Transportation Coordinator’s Automated Information for Movement System (TC-AIMS) provides detailed information that enhances a unit’s ability to deploy its equipment, across the state, the nation and internationally.
The J-4 logistics section manages an annual clothing budget of $347,600, an annual food service budget of $538,200, and an annual GSA budget of $248,900.
The Directorate’s surface maintenance section operates seven field maintenance shops across the state, one Unit Training Equipment Shop (UTES) located in East Lyme, and the Combined Surface Maintenance Shop (CSMS) located in Windsor locks. The current repair parts annual operating budget managed by the maintenance section is $1,125,000.
Director of Strategic Plans J-5
The J-5 is charged with the mission to develop and coordinate the TAGs strategic policy, plans, initiatives and concepts related to federal and state homeland security, civil support missions, international relations and selected other activities. The three divisions of the Directorate are the Plans and Capabilities Division, the Strategic Initiatives and Policy Division and the International Relations Division.
The Plans and Capabilities Division updated all concept relating to domestic operations responses. The Plans and Capabilities Division coordinated with various state departments to review and update the State Debris Removal Plan, the State NIMS Implementation Plan, the State Natural Disaster Plan, the State Chemical Plan and the State Repatriation Plan. In addition, the Plans and Capabilities Division is updating our Continuity of Operations (COOP) plan.
The International Relations Division manages the State Partnership Program with our partner country, Uruguay. Five events were sponsored this year. Events conducted in Uruguay included an aviation visit to discuss areas of mutual interest with the Uruguayan Military Forces, and a Radar Subject Matter Expert Exchange to help develop plans for the placement and resourcing of Uruguayan Radar Systems that will help control their airspace and mitigate illegal traffic. Events conducted in Connecticut included aviation visit of Connecticut Army and Air National Guard aviation facilities in support of building UY aviation capability and capacity for future years. In addition the CTNG hosted Uruguayan Defense Attaché, for a one day overview of the CTNG Forces structure and capability. Additionally, the State Partnership Coordinator attended several conferences including the Traditional Commander's Activities Conference conducted by U.S. Southern Command, the Traditional Commanders Activities Mid-Year Conference and TAGs State Partnership Program Conference. All the events conducted continue to further the exchange between our two cultures with the focus on our ability to support our citizens in a time of need.
The Directorate of Joint Training, Exercises and Evaluations (J-7), is the principle staff agency for matters pertaining to the development of the Joint Staff through education, training, operational plans and assessments. The J-7 conducts interagency coordination to develop training plans and readiness to ensure the Connecticut National Guard’s ability to conduct Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DSCA).
The J-7 has scheduled and conducted joint training including the Joint Staff Training Course which integrated both the Connecticut Army and Air National Guard senior staff level members in a DSCA based training exercise. Joint training has also included the Joint Operation Center 101 course to develop emergency management proficiency.
The J-7 has a key role in the operation of the New England Disaster Training Center, a premier training facility designed to bring local, state and federal agencies together to train and exercise interagency disaster preparedness.
Early in 2010, a formal strategic planning process for the Connecticut Army National Guard was initiated. Recognizing that the primary staff sections had developed and implemented directorate-level long range plans, a synchronized, cross-directorate effort that ensured all of the CTARNG resources and processes were mutually supportive and integrated began. The resulting comprehensive strategic plan will sustain the CTARNG as a ready and relevant force. The strategic plan represents a vision to balance the CTARNG requirements with capabilities to fulfill both our State and Federal missions.
Developing the strategic plan positioned the CTARNG to participate in the Army Communities of Excellence (ACOE) program. The ACOE is a process improvement, competitive evaluation program based on the Baldrige National Quality Program. CTARNG submitted a comprehensive package that reflects the strength of our core competencies of leadership, environmental stewardship, fiscal responsibility and community action. National results are scheduled to be released in early 2011.
Construction and Facilities Management Office (CFMO)
The CFMO supports the CTNG by leasing, building, renovating, and maintaining thirty-one mission-enhancing facilities with two-hundred-ninety-five buildings, totaling more than three-million square feet. The CMFO is comprised of a plans and programs department, environmental management, design and project management, resource management, construction supervision department, and the maintenance management department. The plant replacement value of the supported infrastructure is approximately $1billion, and the CFMO has a ten-year $300 million capital outlay program. The CFMO annual operating budget is $15 million.
The CFMO has received approval for more than $150 million worth of federal Construction and Design Funding. This approved funding is directed by Congress and normally referred to as the Future Years Defense Program (FYDP) and/or the Military Construction (MILCON) appropriations.
Significant MILCON projects completed in the 2005-2010 period include Newtown Military Working Dog Facility, Newtown Military Reservation; the Southington Readiness Center Expansion and Renovation; the Fire Fighting Training Facility at Stone’s Ranch Military Reservation; and four Controlled Humidity Preservation (CHP) Buildings, at East Lyme and Southington, and the Niantic Readiness Center. Additionally, the CFMO maintained construction over site for an $8 million New England Disaster Training Center (NEDTC) complex constructed with Air National Guard funding at Camp Hartell in Windsor Locks.
The Niantic Readiness Center located at Camp Rell, East Lyme, opened in April 2010, and supports a Military Police (MP) Battalion Headquarters and a Brigade Level Headquarters referred to as 85TH Troop Command. The general contractor for the Niantic Readiness Center is LaRosa of Meriden. The Regimental Training Institute (RTI) Academy, Camp Rell, East Lyme is awarded to the Fusco Group, Inc. of New Haven as a Design-Build project. Construction of the RTI began in April 2010, and is scheduled for completion in 2011. This project will provide state of the art classroom, meeting, administrative and housing space for military academics.
Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) 2005: The CTNG is currently working with the Army Reserve on a new Armed Forces Reserve Center (AFRC) in Middletown, Connecticut. Groundbreaking for this project occurred in June 2010. This project replaces outdated and inefficient National Guard facilities in Manchester and Newington. The Army Reserve will close facilities in New Haven and Middletown. All units assigned to these locations will relocate to this modern facility when completed in September 2011. A second BRAC project directed for the Newtown area has been redirected to Danbury, and is currently in planning for land acquisition and facility design.
Two MILCON projects have been approved for the State of Connecticut and are currently in design. The Windsor Locks Readiness Center (WLRC), originally planned for FY12, was accelerated in 2010 by the National Guard Bureau for construction in FY 2011, The Combined Support Maintenance Shop (CSMS) in Windsor Locks, is currently programmed for FY 2013. This facility is also under consideration by National Guard Bureau for acceleration into FY12, as all major planning factors have been met.
Two future projects submitted for the FYDP years 2016-2017, are the Civil Support Team (CST) Ready Building, and a new United States and Property Fiscal Office (USPFO) with associated Central Supply Depot (CSD) Warehouse. The CST is under consideration for Congressional Add to FY12 and is currently at sixty-five percent design with all major planning factors met.
The CFMO is developing plans to establish Joint Armed Forces Reserve Centers of excellence with other Reserve Components for the joint stationing of military units, thereby eliminating the requirement for independent facilities, increasing building usage and reducing associated overhead costs. Some examples of joint use include the New Haven Armed Forces Reserve Center, where the Marine Corps Reserve leases space from CTARNG, and the Berry-Rosenblatt Army Reserve Center, where CTARNG leases space from the Army Reserve.
CFMO completed federal FY 2009-2010 Minor Construction Program with over ninety Sustainment, Restoration, and Modernization (SRM) projects. These improvements advance the quality of life and mobilization capabilities for the CTARNG Citizen Soldiers, as well as meeting health and life safety needs that arise due to the age of the facilities. With the help of bonding by the State of Connecticut, the CFMO was able to complete a number of sidewalk repairs, paving projects, lighting replacement and design work.
The Army Aviation Support Facility (AASF), located at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut provides a full range of rotary-wing and fixed-wing aviation support to the CTNG. The AASF, assigned personnel, and supported units stand ready to perform a wide variety of aviation missions at both the state and federal level. The AASF is located in two hangars with associated support buildings on 37 acres on the Northeast corner of Bradley International Airport. The AASF is home to thirteen Army Aviation units.
The AASF provides training, maintenance, and logistics support to approximately 300 CTNG Aviation Soldiers in their respective military skill sets. These skill sets encompass all facets of Army aviation, to include aircraft maintenance and repair, fuel handlers, aviators and air crewmembers. Extensive aircraft maintenance, logistics and training operations are conducted on a regular basis at or based out of the AASF.
The AASF assigned aircraft consists of six CH-47D Chinook heavy helicopters capable of lifting 33 passengers and/or cargo totaling 26,000 pounds, five UH-60A/L Black Hawk utility helicopters capable of carrying 11 passengers or 8,000 pounds of cargo and one C-12U Huron turboprop airplane capable of carrying up to eight passengers and cargo.
During Training Year (TY) 2010, the AASF supported the execution of more than 2,000 flight hours in support of state and federal missions. Additionally, the AASF provided support in the form of air movement of personnel and equipment in support of the GWOT, air assault training, joint training exercises, air movement support to state and federal agencies such as the Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Homeland Security, United States Coast Guard, United States Air Force, United States Army, United States Military Academy at West Point, the Governor’s Office, the Office of the President of the United States, and passenger transport (official military and government civilian authorized travel) throughout North and South America.
Aerial Fire Fighting Capability. CTNG Aviation has continued to expand its aerial fire fighting capability using external water buckets. With the deployment of the CH-47D Chinooks to Iraq in support OIF, the reliance on the UH-60A Black Hawks for aerial fire fighting capability has increased. CTNG Aviation has dedicated time and aircraft flight hours to the training of additional aircrews in the ability to support this type of mission. The CTNG has been prepared for aerial fire fighting due to RED FLAG Warnings in the state, as needed. Now that the CH-47D Chinooks have returned from their deployment to Iraq for Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, both our CH-47D Chinooks and UH-60A/L Black Hawk stand prepared for aerial fire fighting capability with 2000 and 600 gallon water buckets respectively.
Rescue Hoists. The CTNG Aviation increased its capabilities for state missions with the addition of rescue hoists for its fleet of UH-60A/L Black Hawk helicopters. The rescue hoist allows an aircraft to assume a high hover over an area where it could not land and to lower the seat or basket to a location to pick up a person or persons and raise them into the aircraft. The aircraft have required modifications for this mission and extensive training has been required of the flight crews and of maintenance personnel.
The AASF has asserted a great effort in the preparation of supported units and their aircraft for deployments in support of the Global War on Terrorism. In February 2009, 75 Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion (General Support), 104th Aviation Regiment were mobilized for Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and departed Connecticut for their mobilization station at Fort Sill, OK. After an extensive two month post mobilization train-up period, the 2nd Battalion (General Support), 104th Aviation Regiment deployed to Iraq. During their deployment, the unit flew over 3,500 accident free flight hours providing heavy lift helicopter support for air movements and air assault operations as part of the 28th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB). The Soldiers of 2nd Battalion (General Support), 104th Aviation Regiment returned in early 2010 after their second tour of duty in South West Asia.
In late 2009, Detachment 6, Operational Support Airlift Command (OSACOM) was mobilized to support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. The Soldiers of Detachment 6, OSACOM fly the C-12 Huron. Prior to their mobilization, the unit trained extensively to become qualified in a modified version of the C-12. After an additional two month train-up period at Fort Hood, TX, the detachment deployed to Afghanistan as part of Task Force ODIN, flying a modified C-12. The Soldiers and their aircraft are performing well during their deployment and are scheduled to return to Connecticut in late 2010.
The AASF and supported units continue an outstanding track record in aviation safety that spans more than 30 years. In November 2009, the Connecticut Army National Guard Aviation Program received the Distinguished Aviation Safety Award from National Guard Bureau for over 30 years without a Class A or B (major) aviation accident or mishap. In TY 2010, there were no aviation accidents or major injuries sustained within the CTNG Aviation Program.
In 2010, Company C, 3rd Battalion (Assault Helicopter), 142nd Aviation Regiment turned in two older UH-60 “A” model Black Hawk helicopters and received two newer/remanufactured UH-60 “L” model Black hawk helicopters. The “L” model Black Hawk has more power and lifting capability with upgraded engines and a stronger gearbox. The external lifting capacity of the UH-60”L” model Black Hawk is increased by 1,000 lb to 9,000 lb. Over the next three years, the remainder of the UH-60 Black Hawk fleet in Connecticut is scheduled to be upgraded to the “L” model.
State Safety Office
The state Safety Office (SO), plans, manages and administers the safety program for the CTARNG in accordance with program and policy guidance established by the Department of the Army and National Guard Bureau. The SO advises TAG, commanders of subordinate units, activity directors and other key staff of appropriate safety measures and alternative courses of action to achieve critical mission goals with a minimum risk to people and property. SO also develops and issues safety guidelines for training activities and for other activities, which impact directly or indirectly on military readiness throughout the CTARNG.
The SO consists of a Safety Manager and Safety Specialist, plus M-Day Safety Officers. The SOs annual budget is approximately $100,000. The SO works closely with the Occupational Health Office to mitigate hazards in the workplace and monitor workforce health.
The Safety Manager identifies specific safety problems and formulates appropriate control measures through the use of the Army Composite Risk Management System. The Safety Specialist ensures compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations to include the conduct of surveys and inspections of work sites and storage areas such as ammunition, chemical, and radiation storage facilities, warehouses, motor pools and repair and maintenance facilities. He recommends measures to maintain required levels of safety.
In addition the Safety Manager is trained to assist the Facilities Management Office in the design review phase of new facilities in order to ensure the proper Life Safety Codes are incorporated. Particular attention is paid to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and National Electric Codes (NEC) which are incorporated by reference into the OSHA Standard.
The Safety Manager also develops and conducts a comprehensive safety education program. He creates and publishes safety training materials to educate our forces in the identification and mitigation of hazards that could reasonably be expected to occur in the conduct of operations. The SO manages an overall program effort to reduce off-duty and on-duty accidents, particularly the prevention of traffic accidents involving Service Members in military and privately owned vehicles, as well as motorcycles.
The SO is integral in pre-accident planning and post accident investigation. The SO is prepared to work closely with first responders and incident commanders to control accident sites and mitigate the risks inherent to those sites.
The Safety Specialist conducted extensive training in hazard identification and mitigation. He also provided more than $30,000 in personal protective equipment to aviation and ground maintenance personnel as well as motorcycle operators.
Safety emphasis for the upcoming year includes the facilitation of motorcycle safety courses to promote safe riding practices as well as POV safety.
The Office of the Inspector General (IG) serves as an extension of the eyes, ears, voice and conscience of TAG, providing a continuing assessment on the state of the economy, efficiency, discipline, training, morale, esprit de corps and combat readiness of the Command. The IG leads and promotes an inspection program that provides a full-service evaluation of operational, administrative and logistical effectiveness per applicable statutes and regulations. The IG provides assistance and attempts to resolve all matters at the lowest level, and properly conducts inquiries into complaints and thoroughly investigates allegations of impropriety while being accurate, impartial, fair and steadfast in the course of all duties.
With an emphasis on inspections and a leadership approach of working with the Chain of Command to solve Soldier/Airmen issues, the CTNG continues to have the low rate of assistance requests and a highly regarded inspection program. The IG aggressively led the Organizational Inspection Program, and during the past year, the IG and JFHQ Inspection Team executed five successful COL/0-6 brigade-level Initial and Subsequent Command Inspections; an Initial Command Inspection of Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, JFHQ was also conducted. In order to maintain forward momentum, the IG and JFHQ Inspection Team have scheduled Command Inspections of 85th Troop Command, 143rd Area Support Group, 1109th AVCRAD and 169th Leadership Regiment, Training Site Detachment, Medical Detachment and Recruiting and Retention Command during the next training year. The result is a robust inspections program that proactively identifies unit issues and trends, provides an accurate picture of combat readiness and provides the Command a management tool to prioritize resources.
Recruiting & Retention Command (RRC)
The RRB is responsible for strength maintenance by enlisting quality men and women into the CTARNG. Additionally, working in tandem with unit commanders, the RRB assists in retaining those Soldiers already in the CTARNG. The RRB enjoyed a particularly successful 2009, accessing 602 Soldiers and Officers into the CTARNG. In 2010 the RRB has accessed 528 soldiers and officers to date en route to 700 this fiscal year.
The RRB staff is stationed throughout the State of Connecticut in National Guard armories, facilities and storefront recruiting offices. The RRB annual budget is $2,748,000. The RRB supports all unit deployment send off's and welcome home ceremonies, numerous community events to include Memorial Day parades and Veteran's commemorations and countless public service visits to schools and universities throughout the state.
This year the RRB has transformed their structure from a Recruiting and Retention Command to a Recruiting and Retention Battalion including a Headquarters section and an Enlisted Accession Company consisting of Recruiting and Retention NCOs as well as a Recruit Sustainment Program for newly Enlisted Soldiers.
Connecticut Training Centers
The Connecticut Training Center includes three installations: East Haven Rifle Range, Stones Ranch Military Reservation and Camp Rell. The mission of the Connecticut Training Center is to command, operate and manage the resources at East Haven Rifle Range, Stones Ranch Military Reservation and Camp Rell. Assigned missions are accomplished and year-round customer service is provided through administrative, engineering, logistical, training and operational support to Connecticut Army National Guard units, as well as other Department of Defense and state agencies.
On April 5, 2010, Governor Rell presided over a ribbon cutting ceremony at Camp Rell to celebrate the Connecticut Army National Guard’s first new armory since 1982. The 50,000 square foot Niantic Readiness Center (NRC) is now the new home of our 85th Troop Command and 192nd Military Police Battalion. The project was completed at a cost of $19.1 million ($16.8 million federal and $2.3 million state funding). The NRC consists of a 50,000 square foot, two-story brick building. It includes classrooms, a library, a physical training room, locker rooms and showers, a drill shed, offices, a kitchen, equipment training bays, storage space, mechanical, electrical and telecom space, and an elevator. The new Niantic Readiness Center was built to provide support units with ample space for present and future training duties and modern office space for administrative functions.
Governor Rell also presided over a groundbreaking on April 5, 2010, for the Regional Training Institute (RTI) project. The RTI will be a two-story 83,000 square foot brick and masonry building with standing metal seam roof. The building will include an auditorium, classrooms, administrative space, and kitchen, dining and billeting rooms. The facility will support classes of up to 288 students and 14 instructors. This project is valued at $34.5 million ($30.5 million federal and $4.0 million state funding) and is slated for completion in 2011. Construction also began on two new weapons ranges at our East Haven Rifle Range. These ranges will replace existing ranges that were obsolete. Completion of the new ranges is also slated for 2011.
United States Property and Fiscal Office (USPFO)
Pursuant to Title 32, US Code, the USPFO oversees federal funding and equipment supplied to the CTNG. In carrying out this mission, USPFO pays all National Guard personnel in the state, provides and accounts for funds and property, orders equipment and pays for operations and maintenance of buildings and equipment. The USPFO makes returns and reports on federal funds and property as required.
This year the federal government, through the DoD, has provided $235,455,021 to the CTARNG and the CTANG. Additionally the total value of federal property administered by the USPFO for both the CTARNG and CTANG is $667,582,211.
Federal Equipment and Supplies ARMY AIR
Total Value 578,077,133 $89,505,078
Federal Expenditures ARMY AIR
Construction $12,926,703 $11,882,854
Pay & Allowances $37,891,114 $21,419,101
Operations & Maintenance $114,677,249 $36,658,000
Total $165,495,066 $69,959,955
The Comptroller Division is responsible for paying the bills of the CTARNG, to include travel vouchers, civilian and military payrolls and government purchases. The Division is also responsible for accurate accounting of the funds provided to the state for operation of the CTARNG.
The Purchasing and Contracting Division makes all of the major federal purchases ($2,500 or more) for the CTNG, solicits and awards contracts of all sizes for a wide range of goods and services, awards and administers large-scale/high profile National Guard projects such as facility construction and improvement and equipment procurement, manages Military Interdepartmental Purchase Requests (MIPR), manages the Government Purchase Card Program (GPC), administers the State-Federal Cooperative Agreements, prepares Inter-Service and Intra-Government Service Agreements and Memorandums of Agreement or Memorandums of Understanding and supervises the Nonappropriated Fund Contracting (NAF) Officer.
The Transportation Division manages and directs the commercial traffic management programs for the CTARNG by providing technical traffic management advisory services, establishing operating requirements and formulating commercial traffic management programs and policies for the USPFO. The Transportation Division also works closely with the Defense Movement Coordinator (DMC) on the preparation of the commercial transportation portions of the Automated Unit Equipment List (AUEL). It uses and interprets DoD Joint Travel Regulations, Technical Manuals, and Department of Transportation (DOT) Regulations, Comptroller General Decisions and CFRs.
The mission of the Data Processing Center (DPC) is to support Production Services, Software Programming, Database Administration, Network Security and Systems Administration within a multi-user environment. DPC ensures the integrity and security of fiscal and property data, and manages data access and reliability controls. DPC has implemented upgrades to its computer infrastructure from an increase of data storage capacity to upgrades from legacy servers to virtual server technology. DPC continues to refine and upgrade its Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP). In addition DPC provides helpdesk support to the members of the CTARNG.
The Supply and Services Division of the USPFO consists of five branches that provide support to more than 3,600 Soldiers of the CTARNG. It manages distribution of supplies and equipment to all units of the CTARNG. The Material Management branch processes $39 million annually allotted for acquisition of supplies, material and services. The Property Management Section (PM) maintains the accountability of over $578 million of major Army end items and equipment. The Connecticut Supply Depot (CSD) is responsible for the receipt, storage and issue of supplies and equipment to CTARNG units. The Ammo Supply Point (ASP) is responsible for the receipt, storage and issue of ammunition to CTARNG units and out-of-state units training at Camp Rell and Stones Ranch Military Reservation. The CSD is responsible for shipment and delivery of excess equipment and ammunition to agencies outside Connecticut, and provides transportation support to unit mobilization and demobilization operations. The Budget Analysis Branch manages all Supply and Services funds. This Branch administers an automated accounting program (IMAP), which serves as the checkbook for all unit supply requisitions, providing oversight of a $39 million budget. The Central Issuing Facility (CIF) section located with the CSD at Camp Hartell is responsible for the receipt, storage, issue and turn in of Organizational Clothing and Individual Equipment (OCIE) providing CTARNG Soldiers with all required personal equipment, which significantly reduces shelf-stock inventory requirements at unit level.
The Internal Review (IR) Division is an independent appraisal activity serving the USPFO and the TAG. It provides a full array of internal review services to the commanders and staff of the Connecticut Army and Air National Guard in accordance with Generally Accepted Government Audit Standards (GAGAS) issued by the Comptroller General of the United States. The IR Division is an integral part of the TAGs system of internal controls and serves to assist managers in effectively discharging their stewardship responsibilities. The IR conducts functional area internal reviews and audits to determine accountability; compliance with regulations; the extent to which organizations are using their resources economically and efficiently; and whether they achieve desired results in a cost effective manner. The IR auditors are vigilant during internal reviews and audits in identifying suspected fraud, waste, mismanagement or improper/illegal acts involving federal resources. The IR also serves as the audit focal point for all external audit agencies.
CONNECTICUT ARMY NATIONAL GUARD
The CTARNG consists of four major commands with 45 units stationed in 19 state armories, two Army aviation facilities and five training facilities. The CTARNG is comprised of 2,590 traditional (part-time) Soldiers, 800 full-time federally employed Soldiers and 20 federal civilian employees, totaling 3,410 personnel. The CTARNG comprises 68 percent of the Military Department’s personnel strength and brings more than $207 million of federal funding to the state annually. CTARNG also possesses more than $578 million in federal equipment and supplies.
143RD Area Support Group (ASG)
The 143rd ASG is a brigade-level command tasked with providing properly manned, equipped and organized units to protect life, property and the preservation of peace, order and public safety in military support to civil authorities for disaster response, humanitarian relief, civil disturbance and homeland defense. The 143rd ASG, when activated for federal service, provides corps level command and control of assigned and attached units, plans and directs combat service support for units located in, or passing thorough, the ASGs assigned Area of Operation (AO) and provides direct general supply and maintenance support to units in its AO.
The 143rd ASG is the Major Subordinate Command (MSC) Headquarters for the 192nd Multifunctional Engineer Battalion, 118th Multifunctional Medical Battalion, 1st Battalion/169th Aviation Regiment and the 143rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (CSSB), totaling 1,551 Soldiers. The 143rd ASG and subordinate units are located in 11 armories or facilities throughout Connecticut. The 143rd ASG has 80 AGR Soldiers to ensure continuous operations for payroll, training support and logistics support and five state Military Department caretakers assigned to maintain its facilities.
The 143rd ASGs Headquarters is authorized 132 Soldiers. The 143rd ASG has prepared two Battalions and three Company/ Detachment size elements for deployment. The 143rd ASG mobilized two Logistics Military Advisory Teams (LMAT) in October 2009 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The LMAT’s mission is to assist and mentor the Iraqi Military on Installation Logistical Support. The 143rd ASG conducted Command and Control Operations in Support of Operation Rapid Response during the Flooding of Southeastern Connecticut, March 29 – April 2, 2010.
The 192nd Multifunctional Engineer Battalion commands a Multi-Functional Bridge Company, Combat Heavy Engineer Company, two Fire Fighter Detachments and a Well Drillers Detachment. Soldiers from the battalion provided Engineer Assessment Teams, Sand Bag Operations, De-Watering Operations, and Critical Asset Protection in Support of Operation Rapid Response during the Flooding of Southeastern Connecticut, March 29 – April 2, 2010. The 250th Engineers mobilized in November 2009 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The unit’s mission in Iraqi is the removal of military bridging equipment and the repair and replacement of military bridging being turned over to the Iraqi government. The 247th Engineer Detachment mobilized in March 2010 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom for a well drilling mission in Afghanistan.
The 118th Multifunctional Medical Battalion (MMB) mobilized in August 2009 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Battalion’s mission in Iraq is to provide command and control for Preventative Medicine Detachments and Medical Logistical Companies.
The 1st Battalion/169th Aviation Regiment commands its Headquarters Company, a Forward Support Company, an Air Assault Company equipped with five UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters, an Aviation Maintenance Company and a Detachment of a Cargo Company that flies five CH-47 Chinook helicopters. The battalion mobilized in August 2009 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The primary mission of the battalion is to support the senior leadership of ARCENT with movements in and around Kuwait, Southern Iraq, and Afghanistan. The battalion supports a multitude of other units including the 11th, 24th, and 25th Marine Expeditionary Units, the 25th Kuwaiti Commandos, and NAVCENT during numerous overwater operations and exercises. In January 2010, the Cargo Company Detachment returned from its year long deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The 143rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (CSSB) commands its Headquarters Company, a Medical Evacuation Company, a Medical Area Support Company, a Transportation Company, and the 102nd Army Band. On 29 March 2010, members from across the Battalion responded to Operation Rapid Relief, to assist local communities in Southeastern Connecticut.
85th Troop Command (Trp Cmd)
The 85th Trp Cmd is the Brigade-level headquarters for the 1st Battalion, 102nd Infantry (IN) Regiment (Regt); 192nd Military Police Battalion (MP BN) and the 14th Civil Support Team-Weapons of Mass Destruction (CST-WMD). There are 1,339 Soldiers and five Airmen assigned to the 85th Trp Cmd.
The federal mission of the 85th Trp Cmd is to field a force trained to the Army Standard that can mobilize, achieve Mission Essential Task List (METL) proficiency and successfully deploy and re-deploy. The state mission is to provide units manned, equipped, organized and trained to function in the protection of life, property and the preservation of peace, order and public safety in military support to civil authorities for disaster response, humanitarian relief, civil disturbance and Homeland Defense.
In CY 2009, the 85th Trp Cmd continued to prepare units for overseas deployments in support of the federal mission. In November 2009, the 85th Trp Cmd successfully prepared and deployed the 1st Battalion, 102nd IN Regt to Afghanistan to conduct full spectrum counter insurgency operations. After a one year deployment to Iraq, the 85th Trp Cmd successfully redeployed the 192nd MP BN from its detainee operations mission in May 2010.
In April 2010, during the spring flooding, the 85th Trp Cmd was tasked with delivering over 100,000 sandbags in support of the flood relief mission, operation “Rapid Response”.
Over the past year, the 1st Battalion, 102nd Infantry Regiment (Mountain) has rigorously prepared for mobilization and overseas deployment. On November 18, 2009, 535 Soldiers of the 1-102nd Infantry (MTN) were activated and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom X-XI. The 1-102nd Infantry (MTN) was tasked to conduct full spectrum counter insurgency operations. They are responsible for operational area roughly seven thousand square kilometers in size. The endstate of their mission is to defeat the enemy by separating them from the populace, connect the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA) to their people and build the capacity of the GIRoA through training of the Afghan National Army, the Afghan National Police and the Afghan Border Police. They are scheduled to redeploy near the end on the calendar year.
In May 2010, the 192nd MP BN was demobilized after a one year OIF deployment conducting Detainee Operations. The unit was tasked with command and control of Camp Cropper, the last Theater Interment Facility in Iraq. The unit was assigned nearly 2,000 service members (10 companies) and 3,800 detainees. The unit was also tasked with training over 500 Iraqi Corrections personnel so the facility could be handed over in July of 2010. The 192nd MP BN is the higher headquarters of the 143rd MP Company (CO) in West Hartford, the 643rd MP CO in Westbrook and 928th Military Working Dog (MWD) Detachment in Newtown.
The 143rd MP CO is a Combat Support Company designed to provide all Military Police functions for an Area Commander.
The 643rd MP CO is an Interment/Resettlement Company that can run Enemy Prisoner of War/Civilian Internee Internment Facility; or a Displaced Civilian Resettlement Facility.
The 928th MWD Detachment is responsible for the first two MWD units in the Army National Guard, the 11th MP MWD (EXPL) and 119th MP MWD (NARC). The MWD Detachment supported numerous training events while maintaining MWD certification. They have provided support to the TSA and the Coast Guard at ferry terminals. They have also trained with the State Police.
The 14th CST-WMD is a joint unit consisting of 22 Active Guard and Reserve Soldiers and Airmen. The 14th CST-WMDs mission is, on order of The Adjutant General, deploy to an area of operation, and support civil authorities at a domestic chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive (CBRNE) incident site by: identifying CBRNE agents/substances, assessing current and projected consequences, advising on response measures and assisting with appropriate requests for additional state support. Throughout FY 2010, the 14th CST-WMD continued to train and exercise with local, state and federal emergency responders and law enforcement officials while providing statewide WMD incident coverage. In March 2010, the 14th CST-WMD successfully passed its forth US Army North (ARNORTH) external evaluation (EXEVAL). This EXEVAL revalidated the unit as fully trained and mission capable. The 14th CST-WMD also provided communications technical assistance to the South Windsor Police department as well as the CT State Police during a Hostage situation in July 2009. In May 2010, the 14th CST-WMD participated in the CST Regional Exercise (Quahog-Ex) conducted in Providence, RI. The 14th CST-WMD also provided assistance throughout the year to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and CT State Police in conducting over 30 Visual Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) missions on the CT Rail Lines as well as Ferry Ports. Finally, the 14th CST-WMD has begun integrating with the CT State Police Joint Terrorism task force (JTTF) in the Secure the Cities program on CT Highways and Interstates.
We are proud of the service and sacrifice of our Soldiers and Airmen. This report, in particular, is submitted in honor of and in ultimate respect for SSG Edwin Rivera who was wounded in action on 20 May 2010 in Laghman Province, Afghanistan and succumbed to his wounds on 25 May 2010.
1109th Aviation Classification Repair Activity Depot (AVCRAD)
The 1109th AVCRAD provides limited aviation depot maintenance, back-up aviation intermediate maintenance (AVIM), and back-up aviation unit maintenance (AVUM) for Army National Guard aviation assets in the Northeast 14 states and the District of Columbia, to include 72 aviation units stationed at 23 Army Aviation Support Facilities (AASFs). While deployed, the mission of the 1109th AVCRAD is to operate the Theater Aviation Maintenance Program (TAMP). The TAMP is a centrally coordinated theater aviation logistics program. Specific missions include depot maintenance, back-up AVIM, back-up AVUM, provide tailored maintenance contact teams throughout the theater, perform battle damage assessment and recovery (BDAR) of aircraft and components, evacuation of retrograde Class IX (repair parts) and aircraft and operation of the Theater Class IX (Repair Parts) Supply Support Activity (SSA).
Since the beginning of FY 2010, the 1109th AVCRAD has completed the following maintenance actions on various aircraft and components: Aircraft and Aircraft End Items repaired by the 1109th AVCRAD in Groton, CT = 1,859 and Aircraft components repaired = 12,144.
The 1109th AVCRAD has an award winning environmental program. Over the past 15 years the organization has reduced annual hazardous waste from 600,000 lbs to 160,000 lbs. This FY through the development and implementation of Green products and processes an additional 120,000 lbs will be eliminated taking the organization from classification as a large quantity generator to a small quantity generator. The organization is implementing an Environmental Management System (eMS) to address the remaining 40,000 lbs and advance ongoing Energy Conservation, and Recycling initiatives.
The 1109th AVCRAD continues to spearhead an Equal Opportunity (EO)/Diversity Council that meets on a quarterly basis. This council was established to increase organizational awareness of current EO/Diversity issues and collectively work to eliminate barriers, providing an environment free of discrimination and harassment. The council also maintains a focus on valuing the unique attributes that all Soldiers bring to the team, working to contribute to mission readiness. Successful council initiatives include the design and maintenance of an information board titled “Diversity is our Strength!”, researching and implementing progressive EO training initiatives, hosting events in celebration of cultural diversity, publishing informative newsletter articles to include posting them on the units’ web page and supporting special emphasis programs.
The 1109th AVCRAD has maintained ISO 9001-2008 certification since May 2007. This certification is required by the Army Material Command (AMC) in order for the unit to participate in the National Maintenance Program (NMP). As an NMP provider, the AVCRAD repairs specified components to the highest available standard. These items support the U.S Army and Army National Guard worldwide. The unit was additionally certified AS 9110 in September 2009, this internationally recognized aerospace quality standard has enabled the organization to partner with original equipment manufacturers, including Connecticut’s own Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation. This partnership creates jobs, training opportunities, and expanded support capability to all of the Department of Defense UH-60 Blackhawk Fleet.
169th Leadership Regiment
The 169th Regiment is a component of the One Army School System (OASS) that provides regionalized training in support of the Northeast Region at Camp Rell, Niantic CT. It has also been designated as the Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the Basic Military Police 31B MOS-T course for the entire ARNG. The MP SME mission is a national responsibility through NGB, with coordinating authority to all states and Territories with an MP MOS-T training mission. The SME coordinates directly with the U.S. Army Military Police School (USAMPS) at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Soldiers from the Army National Guard, US Navy, Active Duty Component, and U.S. Army Reserve have participated in multiple professional military education courses within the scope of the 169th Regiment. The Regiment consists of a Headquarters, 1st Battalion (OCS/WOCS), 2nd Battalion (Modular Training) and 3rd Battalion (Military Police Training). The annual budget for the operation of the Regiment is approximately $900,000. The regiment is staffed by 52 officers and non-commissioned officers who are tasked with planning, resourcing and executing a wide spectrum of high quality training for all three components of the US Army, under the direction of the Adjutant General
1st Battalion, 169th Regiment (OCS/WOCS) conducts Officer Candidate School (OCS) and Warrant Officer Candidate School (WOCS) for the northeast region. The 1st Battalion is the regional command and control element for both Warrant Officer Candidate School and Officer Candidate School. The 1st BN teaches OCS, Platoon Trainer Qualification Course, and Tactical Certification Course. The OCS/WOCS Battalion conducts a two-week annual training for the Northeast Region at Camp Rell training 80-100 students from New York, New Jersey and the six New England states. The CT OCS Program graduated eleven Candidates this year, and the CT WOCS program graduated five students.
2nd Battalion, 169th Regiment (Modular Training) provides Health Care Specialist 68W Military Occupational Specialty – Transition (MOS-T) training (Combat Medic), Emergency Medical Technician Basic (EMT-B), 68W Sustainment, Combat Lifesaver Course (CLC), Army Basic Instructor Course (ABIC), Small Group Instructor Training Course (SGITC), and Quick Reaction Force (QRF) training. In addition to meeting its extensive training mission, the Battalion continues to support mobilizing units with stand up courses for units on an as-needed basis. The 2nd BN has graduated over 450 students this year.
3rd Battalion 169th Regiment (Military Police Training) provides regionalized Basic Military Police 31B Military Occupational Specialty – Transition (MOS-T). The 3rd Battalion is the regional command and control element for Basic Military Police course for seven subordinate companies. The 3rd Battalion graduated 16 Basic Military Policemen during this year.
CONNECTICUT AIR NATIONAL GUARD
The CTANG consists of a Headquarters element, the 103d Airlift Wing (AW), known as the ‘Flying Yankees’, and the 103d Air Operations Group (AOG) both located in East Granby and the103d Air Control Squadron (ACS), known as ‘Yankee Watch’ based in Orange.
The CTANG brought in more than $64.8 million in federal funding to the state in FY 2009, $40.9 million of which was in federal military and civilian salaries. In addition, the CTANG manages more than $89.5 million in federal equipment and supplies and occupies and maintains 41 facilities with a combined cost basis of $35.5 million. The CTANG facilities are sited on 170 acres of state and federal land.
The National Defense Authorization Act of 2009 provided $8 million in funding to the CTANG for establishment of a New England Disaster Training Center (NEDTC). This one year federal funding was executed to upgrade and construct facilities and procure equipment and supplies to provide Disaster Site Awareness Training for National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) teams, other emergency responders, and National Guard and Reserve military emergency medical personnel in domestic emergency medical deployment and response. This program encompasses both Air and Army facilities.
Since the release of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) list in May of 2005, the CTANG transformation continues to evolve and thrive with its C-21 bridge mission to the C-27J Joint Cargo Aircraft (JCA), Consolidated Intermediate Repair Facility (CIRF) and Air Operations Center (AOC). With these missions will come more than $35 million in federal funding for facilities construction and renovation over the next five years. A comprehensive Base Master Plan for the facilities in East Granby has been developed in concert with NGB Headquarters in Washington D.C., outlining the many capitol improvements planned to accommodate the new missions.
CTANG men and women (over 135 total in 2009) continue to support the ongoing GWOT participating in Expeditionary Combat Support (ECS) missions globally. Many ECS career fields in the CTANG are still in high demand and the units will continue to be tasked to provide personnel and equipment on a rotational basis as part of our federal mission.
In our state role, we have increased capabilities to support homeland defense and emergency response requirements. One such capability is the Joint Incident Site Communications Capability (JISCC). This system provides incident site communication capability to support local emergency responder and on-site command and control. This system includes radio communication, web, email, voice connectivity and video teleconference using satellite reach-back services. It has been deployed in support of the Civil Support Team (CST) regional state exercises as well as to Washington, D.C. in support of the presidential inauguration.
103d Airlift Wing (103d AW)
In FY 2009 more than 99 Wing Airmen deployed both within and outside the continental United States in support of the Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Noble Eagle (ONE) and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Most notable was the deployment of 13 personnel to support relief efforts in Haiti. Wing Airmen saw service in: Iraq, Afghanistan, Philippines, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Uruguay and Haiti. Several in-state training deployments were also conducted at the Stones Ranch Military reservation to maintain the units’ overall military preparedness.
The C-21 transport aircraft mission provides high priority passenger airlift, counterdrug and homeland security support, and medical evacuation. The Flying Yankees took over maintenance and began flying missions in support of the Joint Operational Support Airlift Center (JOSAC) on October 1, 2007. The C-21 mission will bridge the gap from the previous A-10 mission to the new C-27 JCA mission that the unit will acquire in the 2013 timeframe.
During the year, the unit completed an Aeromedical Evacuation (AE) test program and is the first Air National Guard unit to fly AE missions. As another first, the unit deployed to Al Udeid AB in Qatar in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. During the deployment the unit achieved an unprecedented 100% mission effectiveness rate. The small air terminal is up and running with Space-A available for mission lines. The unit flew approximately 2,500 hours. Missions included: JOSAC; HUREVAC; Mission Ready Airlift (MRA) and several missions in support of our wounded soldiers; shuttling family and military personnel to the DC area.
103d Air Operations Group (AOG)
The 103 AOG is a developing mission, in the process of equipping and staffing its ranks. The AOG will be comprised of 45 full-time members with an additional 148 traditional M-day Airmen. The unit has remained active within the state of Connecticut and engaged in the Air War in Southwest Asia during this initial phase.
The mission of the 103 AOG is to provide augmentation forces to the Air Forces Central Combined Air and Space Operations Center, whose area of responsibility is within Southwest Asia. The 103 AOG supplies seasoned experts in the areas of command and control, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and communications. These Airmen facilitate planning, execution and assessment of Air and Space Operations.
From mid-2009 to mid-2010, the 103 AOG has deployed 35 Airmen to Southwest Asia and other locations in support of operations over the skies of Iraq and Afghanistan. The unit has also deployed Airmen in support of relief operations in Haiti and for the oil spill cleanup efforts in the Gulf of Mexico. An additional 107 Airmen have deployed around the globe in direct support of major command and control exercises.
As the lead unit in the Connecticut National Guard’s Joint Incident Site Communications Capability (JISCC) team, the 103 AOG is capable of providing additional emergency response command and control with the 1 million dollar JISCC system which provides first responders and Department of Defense agencies with robust interoperable communications capabilities.
The unit represented the state of Connecticut by providing command and control support to the U.S. Presidential Inauguration security efforts, and by participating in the New England Regional Civil Support Team Exercise in 2009.
$7 million in renovations to the 103 AOG’s facilities at the Bradley Air National Guard Base began in August 2010. The enhanced structures will accommodate this new mission and the high-tech equipment required to train our Airmen. In the mean time, a $3.5 million equipment suite is housed in a recently enhanced temporary facility at Bradley Air National Guard Base. The tailored ‘Falconer’ equipment suite will enable the 103rd Air and Space Operations Group to achieve and maintain its initial operational capability in spring of 2011.
The unit can also use elements of the same equipment and the facilities undergoing renovations to provide the state with additional command and control capabilities, if required. The unit stands ready to answer the call and enhance our state’s ability to respond to civil emergencies and natural disasters.
103d Maintenance Group Centralized Repair Facility (CRF)
Tasked with overhaul and repair of TF34-100A engines the CRF has continued to expand its capability to support two operational ANG and one active duty A-10 fighter units. The CRF will begin to support one additional ANG unit in FY 2011. This will fulfill all known BRAC related support requirements. Support capabilities continue to improve at the CRF through successful cross training of personnel that were displaced by the departure of the A-10 aircraft. In fact the CRF has produced and shipped more than fifty engines (valued at more than $65 million) since November 2007. FY 2009 capability was 24 engines annually. FY 2010 capability is in excess of 30 engines. This is no small task when you consider they are operating at a diminished capability in a temporary location while the CRF facility under goes a $9 million, 21,000 Sq Ft expansion project projected for completion in February 2011. Once facility upgrades are complete and the second test facility is in place and operational CRF capability is expected to increase to 45-50 TF34’s annually. Future mission possibilities are being explored in an effort to keep the unit capable and viable well into the future beyond the TF34 engine.
103d Air Control Squadron (ACS)
The 103d ACS is a Low Density/High Demand organization subject to frequent deployment within the Combat Air Forces. The state mission of the 103d ACS is to assist state Command Authority in times of emergency by providing equipment and personnel as needed and directed by the Governor and TAG. The 103d ACS is a Control and Reporting Center (CRC), responsible to the Air Operations Center (AOC) for providing the critical ground Command and Control (C2), Theater Air Defense (TAD) and Air Tasking Order (ATO) execution capability for the Joint Force Air Component Commander (JFACC). It provides tactical level execution as an Air Force (AF) element of the Theater Air Control System (TACS) and supports the Joint/Combined Aerospace Operations Center, the senior element of the Theater Air Control System, by maintaining positive control of theater airspace and functions as a critical battle management, weapons control, data link, surveillance, and identification node. The CRC is augmented by, and shares collateral responsibility for, this mission with the airborne elements of the TACS; the Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) and Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) aircraft. In January of 2010 the 103d ACS was recognized for its achievements as a recipient of the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for the period 01 Nov 2007 to 31 Oct 2009. 103d ACS personnel deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Noble Eagle (ONE), and participated in numerous large scale tactical training exercises. The 103d ACS is located in Orange CT on 21 acres with 5 primary buildings totaling 60, 965 square feet. Major equipment available for state emergency includes 31 5-ton vehicles, 25 diesel generators, and a robust tactical communications capability able to provide telephone and internet connectivity.
The Connecticut Organized Militia consists of four company-sized units, two companies of the Governor's Foot Guard and two companies of the Governor's Horse Guard. Their combined strength is 175 militia members. The Organized Militia may be called upon to augment the state's military force structure during emergencies with administrative and logistical support.
Additionally, the Organized Militia provides ceremonial escort for the Governor. Each Militia Unit supports ceremonial and civic activities in its geographical area and trains to support missions in response to Civilian Emergency Response Teams (CERTs). Activities include parades and demonstrations, equestrian events and scholastic and community educational programs.