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Office of the Adjutant General

Letter to the Governor Duties & Responsibilities of the Adjutant General

Rhode Island National Guard

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Mission Financial Impact Strategic Plan Command Staff Joint Staff J-1 Personnel J-2 Intelligence J-3 Training J-4 Logistics J-5 Strategic Planning J-6 Communications J-7 Doctrine & Training

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USPFO/Chaplain Staff Judge Advocate/Inspector General Public Affairs 13th (WMD) Civil Support Team 43rd Military Police Brigade 56th Troop Command Medical Detachment Recruiting & Retention (Army) 102nd Network Warfare Squadron 143rd Airlift Wing 282nd Combat Communications Squadron Recruiting & Retention (Air Force)

2013 Annual Report

LETTER TO THE GOVERNOR

Governor Chafee, It is with great pride that I submit the 2013 Annual Report for the Rhode Island National Guard to you on behalf of the outstanding men and women who serve our state and nation. As the state’s most leveraged federally funded agency, I’m happy to report that the Rhode Island National Guard has continued to be a responsible steward of its appropriated budgets and has managed to accomplish its unique dual mission in service of both the State and Country. Utilizing the current economic impact factor, the Rhode Island National Guard’s total federal expenditures of $140 million equates to an overall impact of $238 million to the state of Rhode Island. The state expenditure of $4.3 million resulted in a significant return on investment against federal expenditures. During fiscal year 2013, the Rhode Island National Guard deployed approximately 500 Soldiers and Airmen, bringing the total deployments since September 11, 2001 to more than 8,500. The Guard continues to shape the total force for future challenges while supporting overseas and domestic operations. The climate of budget uncertainty continues to impact the Rhode Island Guard and will for the foreseeable future. Our service members will continue to see the real impacts to training, education, and community outreach. However, as the discussions continue at the national level concerning overall troop strength and mission sets, the Guard remains the logical option for our nation’s defense and first military responder due to its unique dual mission. Guard units not only provide the flexibility to our nation’s leaders but also do so at one-third the cost of their active duty counterparts. We remain at the cutting edge of technology and communications and continue to pursue all Cyber Warfare Security opportunities, increasingly in demand throughout the country. It is also our intention to become the premier C130J simulator training option for domestic and international flight crews. In conclusion, the Rhode Island National Guard is a proven outstanding investment for the state of Rhode Island by creating a positive economic impact to our many towns and communities. The RI Guard remains ready, relevant, reliable and accessible for the citizens of this great State and Country! Always ready, always there!

KEVIN R. McBRIDE, P.E. Major General The Adjutant General

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THE ADJUTANT GENERAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE COMMANDING GENERAL OF THE RHODE ISLAND NATIONAL GUARD The Adjutant General, who is a combat veteran, is the strategic leader of the state military forces. The Adjutant General directs the establishment, operation, organization, and maintenance of the military forces of the state, which are comprised of the Rhode Island Army and Air National Guard, and the State Historic Militia. The Adjutant General’s primary responsibility is to ensure that Soldiers and Airmen are well equipped, well-trained, and well led such that they can perform their federal and state military duties. The Adjutant General, MG Kevin R. McBride, is a member of the State Cabinet who is responsible for providing the overall leadership and tactical coordination for security preparedness and emergency response systems in the state. He is the strategic leader and Chief Executive Officer to the Governor for the agencies assigned and as the representative for the State to the lead Federal coordinating agencies, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, the National Guard Bureau, the Department of the Army, the Department of the Air Force, and the United States Coast Guard. Additionally, he is responsible for the lead coordinating agency within the scope of emergency preparedness for collaboration with the first response agencies and municipalities within the state, including law enforcement fire services, emergency medical services and the military. He is responsible to support those agencies to ensure they are well-equipped, trained, and prepared.

The Adjutant General is responsible for mission readiness and training of Army and Air National Guard forces to conduct and perform their respective federal missions, which includes war fighting and support to local agencies for domestic emergencies. Major responsibilities of the Adjutant General, in his capacity as the Commanding General of the Rhode Island National Guard, include: Mobilization, Force Structure, Equipment Modernization, Training Management, Facility Management, Military Construction, Officer and Non-Commissioned Officer Career Management, Personnel Administration, Family Assistance Programs, Special Programs, Military Property and Army/Air National Guard Operations. The Adjutant General maintains close association and communication with the National Guard Bureau, the Department of the Army, the Department of the Air Force, Northern Command, Air Mobility Command, First Army, Fifth Army, First

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Air Force, Third Air Force, Cyber Command and Transportation Command. Associations and memberships may include all veterans’ organizations, as well as professional military organizations. Most notably he maintains active participation in the Adjutant General Association of the United States and the National Guard Association of the United States.

states, the Governor’s Association Homeland Security Committee, the Transportation Security Agency (TSA), the United States Coast Guard (USCG), and the Northeast States Emergency Consortium (NESEC). Areas of responsibilities include grant funding, state-wide interoperability, the intelligence fusion center, plans and response teams.

Additional programs under the responsibility of the Adjutant General include, but are not limited to:

TRAVEL

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Counter Drug Program Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Education Assistance Military Funeral Honors Mentoring Program Veterans Assistance Parades/Ceremonial Events Counter Drug Adventure Camps

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE DIRECTOR OF THE RHODE ISLAND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY AND HOMELAND SECURITY The Adjutant General oversees the Governor’s plan for Homeland Security through the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) by planning and implementing all state preparedness programs. He is also the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisor (HSA). Analyzes and formulates tactical state response plans to maximize the effectiveness of security systems to respond to both natural and terrorism-based state emergencies. The Adjutant General is the primary representative of the State Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) with other participating

The Adjutant General’s primary responsibility is to ensure the organization is poised for future relevancy. During these times of robust transformation for both Army and Air Force transformation initiatives are having a significant impact of the RI National Guard force structure which could adversely impact our troop levels and their capabilities. This could have a long-term impact on our ability to respond to a state emergency with at least the same levels of troops and capabilities which we possess today. During the General’s tenure, he has lobbied for numerous initiatives with respect to additional or more relevant mission sets for the RI Army National Guard. The Air National Guard continues to aggressively pursue an Associate Wing where we would share our Quonset Point aircraft and facilities with active duty personnel, thereby posturing our state with the ability to retain critical airlift capabilities which also represent a major homeland and state emergency response asset. In short, given all that is occurring within the Department of Defense with respect to transformation of the Army and Air Force, and the transformation of the National Guard from a strategic reserve force to an operational force and full partner in the war-fight, it’s critically important for

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Rhode Island’s Adjutant General to be fully involved in these discussions at the highest levels of the National Guard Bureau and the Department of Defense. To do otherwise would be a dereliction of duty. Travel is a natural by-product of this important job expectation. STATUS The Adjutant General uniquely serves as both a state employee and a federally recognized Major General. The Adjutant General is a Cabinet member, appointed by the Governor and subject to the pay and benefits authorized as an exempt and essential employee. The Adjutant General is

a federally recognized Major General who serves predominantly in a US code, Title 32 status in a traditional Guardsman capacity. The Adjutant General periodically serves in a US code Title 10 status which is Active Duty. Each of the three statuses has different and unique authorities, applicable regulations, and benefits. The application of the status is essential to the Adjutant General’s ability to carry out duties and responsibilities when performing in the multiple capacities of the position. It is however common, necessary and expected that the Adjutant General will carry out all duties and responsibilities regardless of what status or capacity being served in.

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MISSION

RHODE ISLAND NATIONAL GUARD

ORGANIZATION MISSION The Rhode Island National Guard (RING), like the National Guard of all 54 states and territories, has both a federal mission and state mission. The RING’s federal mission is to maintain manned, equipped and trained operational forces that are prepared to respond to any contingency in support of the President’s National Security Plan. The RING is an operational force provider for the full-spectrum of contingencies to include nationbuilding, peacekeeping, humanitarian, natural disaster, national emergency, limited conflicts, and full-scale war. The state mission of the RING is to provide manned, equipped and trained units and personnel that are prepared to respond to state and local authorities as directed by the Governor to assist in maintaining peace, order and public safety during crisis situations to include natural or man0made disasters, high-profile events and state emergency defense operations.

The RING is composed of a Joint Force Headquarters and both a land component – Army National Guard – and an air component – Air Nationqal Guard. The combined authorized strength of these two components is 3,586 personnel. As of June 1, 2012, the assigned strength of the RING was 3,256 personnel.

The Adjutant General, Major General Kevin R. McBride, in his dual capacity as the Commanding General of the Rhode Island National Guard and the Adjutant General of the State of Rhode Island, has command and control of all assigned forces to include all units of the RI Army National Guard, RI Air National Guard, and the State Militia. The RI Adjutant General also serves as the Director of the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA). The primary mission of the RIEMA is to protect life and property before, during and after a disaster or emergency situation. He is also the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisor.

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MISSION

RHODE ISLAND NATIONAL GUARD

JOINT FORCE HEADQUARTERS The Joint Force Headquarters (JFHQ-RI), commanded by the Deputy Adjutant General, Brigadier General Marcus Jannitto, exercises command and control of all assigned, attached or operationally aligned forces within the geographical boundaries of the state. JFHQ-RI is organized and manned to respond to the ever-changing challenges presented in the post 9/11 enviornment to include situational awareness and the ability to coordinate an effective and timely response to Homeland Defense, Defense Support to Civil Authorities and other domestic emergency missions. All units of both the RI Air and Army

National Guard are available to be task organized for emergency response. Additionally National Guard assets from other states or Title 10 (Active) forces may be deployed and fall under the command and control of JFHQ-RI with concurrence of their Governor or President, respectively. A Joint Staff consisting of a Chief of Staff and eight directors assist the Commander, JFHQ-RI with mission execution. JOINT PROGRAMS The JFHQ-RI is also tasked with the execution of several programs designed to service the entire extended military family to include veterans, retirees, family members, civilian partners, Soldiers and Airmen.

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FINANCIAL IMPACT

RHODE ISLAND NATIONAL GUARD

STATE FUNDS

FEDERAL FUNDS

RI NATIONAL GUARD

$

ARMY

4,280,867 $ *$

AIR

81,282,545 $

144,602,617

TOTAL FUNDS EXPENDED

59,039,205 $

144,602,617

TOTAL INVESTMENT IN RHODE ISLAND!

FUNDS BREAKDOWN:

* Economic multipliers not applied

STATE OF RHODE ISLAND EXPENDITURES & REVENUES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2013** ACCOUNT

AMOUNT

Salary/Wages and Benefits

$

763,385

Contracted Professional Services

$

26,591

Operating Supplies and Expenses

$

650,150

Assistance and Grants

$

479,157

Capital Purchases and Equipment

$

2,361,584

TOTAL STATE EXPENDITURES

$

4,280,867

ACCOUNT

AMOUNT

General Revenue

$

1,475,095

Restricted Receipts

$

152,424

Operating Transfers from Other

$

2,653,348

TOTAL STATE REVENUE

$

4,280,867

FEDERAL FUNDS EXPENDITURES, JULY 2012 - JUNE 2013** ACCOUNT

ARMY

AIR

TOTAL

Military Pay

$

44,034,146 $

27,099,968 $

71,134,114

Civilian Pay

$

18,606,187 $

15,782,080 $

34,388,267

Goods and Services

$

18,506,247 $

14,090,729 $

32,596,976

Military Construction Funds Disbursed

$

135,965 $

2,066,428 $

2,202,393

TOTAL FEDERAL EXPENDITURES

$

81,282,545 $

59,039,205 $

140,321,750

ECONOMIC INPUT DATA Total Federal Expenditure

$

Economic Impact Factor TOTAL STATE ECONOMIC IMPACT

140,321,750 Multiplier (1.7)

$

238,546,975

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STRATEGIC PLAN 2007-2017

RHODE ISLAND NATIONAL GUARD

MISSION

To provide well-trained, well-led and wellequipped mission-ready units in support of the National Military and, as required, state and local officials.

VISION

A ready, relevant, and reliable force comprised of Citizen Soldiers and Airmen, capable of conducting full spectrum operations in joint and interagency environments.

GOALS

Man the Force Train the Force Sustain the Force Communicate Internally Communicate Externally

VALUES

Loyalty Duty Respect Service Before Self Honor Integrity Personal Courage Excellence In All We Do

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COMMAND STAFF

RHODE ISLAND NATIONAL GUARD

Major General Kevin R. McBride

The Adjutant General

Brigadier General Mark E. Jannitto

Brigadier General Matthew Dzialo

Brigadier General David J. Medeiros

Brigadier General Charles E. Petrarca

Colonel Joseph Rooney

Lieutenant Colonel Denis Riel

CW5 Gary Carter

Deputy Adjutant General

Asst. Adjutant General AIR

Asst. Adjutant General ARMY

Director of Joint Staff

Chief of Staff

Deputy Chief of Staff

Command Chief Warrant Officer

Command Sergeant Major Michael Lewis

Chief Master Sergeant Michael Brady

Senior Enlisted Advisor ARMY

Command Chief AIR

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J-1 PERSONNEL

Lieutenant Colonel Ellis Hopkins

MISSION The Directorate of Military Personnel manages Rhode Island National Guard Soldiers and Airmen and assists their Families through the full spectrum of Human Resources support operations in the execution of our State and Federal Missions. ORGANIZATION Five functional branches – Human Resources (HRO), Army Personnel (G1), Education Services, Family Support Programs, Sexual Assault Response, and Transition Assistance – comprise the Military Personnel Directorate, led by the Deputy Military Personnel Officer (MILPO/J1). These branches provide the Human Resources support to sustain the Rhode Island National Guard. HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICE (HRO) The HRO is a joint (Army & Air Force) office performing timely, accurate, and efficient personnel, manpower management, and administrative support services for federal full-time personnel programs – Federal Technicians and the Active Guard/Reserve (AGR) program. FEDERAL TECHNICIANS Federal Technicians are governed by the Office of Personnel Management. The majority of these individuals are members of the RI National Guard as a condition of employment. The Rhode Island National Guard employs 242 Army Technicians and 210 Air Technicians under the authority in Title 32, Section 709, United States Code. Technicians conduct support operations for the deployable units. Technicians are the largest group

of fulltime personnel in the Rhode Island National Guard. ACTIVE GUARD/RESERVE (AGR) Active Guard/Reserve (AGR), Title 32, Section 502, USC, are personnel ordered to active duty within the State of Rhode Island to conduct unit training, administration, supply, and readiness for the unit deployable mission. There are 226 Army personnel in this program and 88 Air Force personnel. During Fiscal Year 2013, the Rhode Island National Guard placed 401 Federal Technicians in a Furlough Status from July-Aug 2013 as required by the Budget Control Act provision known as Sequestration. As of this report, 396 Federal Technicians were furloughed for a second time as result of the partial Government Shutdown in October 2013. HRO estimates the approximate value of lost wages among our technicians for both furloughs to be $1.3 million. ARMY PERSONNEL (G1) The Rhode Island National Guard provided military support to civil authorities during Super Storm Sandy, October 2012 and Winter Storm Nemo, February 2013. During both of these FEMA-supported events, the J1/G1 mobilized and employed over 20 Soldiers and Airmen for a response duration of over 72 hours each. Additionally, the directorate supported over 450 Soldiers with mobilizing, deploying, and redeploying to and from Afghanistan. These events included the full-unit mobilizations of the 169th Military Police Company and Special Operations Detachment – Global, as well as a number of

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augmentees. The directorate also supports area service members (Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen) and Families with over 2100+ ID identification and retiree ID Cards and retirement or veteran’s benefits. During this year, the directorate also serviced Rhode Island’s Congressional Delegation with eight Congressional Inquiries on medical services and military awards as well as conducting five military Retirement Briefings; and 200 Line of Duty Investigations. EDUCATIONAL SERVICES OFFICE Rhode Island Army National Guard Soldiers enjoy many educational benefits in connection with their service to the State and Nation. STATE TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (STAP) In accordance with state law, Soldiers’ tuition may be waived at one of three Rhode Island state college for up to five classes each semester, to be used towards an associates, bachelors or masters degree. Service members must be in good standing to receive this incentive. Approximately 468 waivers were processed. EDUCATION ASSISTANCE Rhode Island National Guard Soldiers are eligible to receive up to $4500 per fiscal year of federal tuition assistance (FTA) to use towards an associates, bachelors and masters degree. Ninetyseven Soldiers utilized FTA through GoArmyEd at over 27 different institutions across the country, including Rhode Island institutions. In addition, many service members returning from

deployments are taking advantage of transferring Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to their dependents. Eighty-six Soldiers transferred their GI Bill benefits to dependents. Service members can also take advantage of educational benefits such as reimbursable testing for CLEP, GRE, GMAT and licensing and certification exams. The Education Office also administers a number of tests such as Armed Forces Classification Testing, Defense Language Proficiency Tests and instrument flight testing available to all Rhode Island service members and sister services as well. INCENTIVES Soldiers are eligible for a number of incentives to include enlistment, retention, health, officer bonuses and student loan repayment incentives. Approximately 33 Soldiers received payments under the Student Loan Repayment Program, for a total of $82,985 (134 payments). Bonus payments were made to 101 Soldiers at the tune of $615,000. TRANSITION ASSISTANCE ADVISOR The Transition Assistance Advisor (TAA) serves as a state-wide point of contact and coordinator for easy access to benefits and services provided by the United States Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). The TAA provided this support not only to members of the Rhode Island National Guard, but to all service members, both active and reserve, and to all Veterans, Military Retirees, and their Families. During 2013, TAA supported 401 Veterans with their claims, including accessing VA healthcare facilities, obtaining services through the Military Health System, and

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in applying for other VA services and benefits, such as compensation and pension for disability, insurance, loan guarantee, vocational rehabilitation/employment, and education benefits. The TAA also provided information and counsel to the Adjutant General and his Joint Staff regarding Veteran benefits and services available through the VA, the military health system, federal and state Departments of Labor, and other service and benefit programs. Additionally, the TAA provided 1343 referrals to service members as the liaison between the National Guard and its coalition partners and the VA, and engaged with other Joint Force Headquarters staff members and the Family Assistance Center, building a state coalition partnership (network) of support with the VA and other Federal, State and local governmental agencies, and with community organizations.

place inspection and SHARP Stand-down events in order to fulfill the Secretaries of the Army and Defense directives to address this continuing issue throughout the Armed Forces. Supporting efforts included unit and individual SHARP training throughout the year as well as conducting the 5th Annual Obstacle Course competition during Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in April. This event showcases the importance of being an educated bystander who is physically and mentally strong enough to eliminate sexual assaults in the Rhode Island National Guard. MILITARY FAMILY PROGRAMS

SEXUAL ASSAULT RESPONSE COORDINATOR (SARC) The Rhode Island National Guard Sexual Assault Response and Prevention (SAPR)/Sexual Harassment, Assault, Response and Prevention (SHARP) Program is a fully-functioning, Commander-backed awareness and prevention program instituted to reduce and eliminate incidences of sexual assault in the Rhode Island National Guard. The RING Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) is responsible for executing these programs which include managing the full-time Victim Advocate Coordinator (VAC), who ensures a cadre of Victim Advocates (VAs), ready to respond to a Sexual Assault (SA) or a victim of Domestic Violence (DV) and conducting SAPR/SHARP training for the joint force (Army and Air). During 2013, the SARC assisted with planning the Army-wide comprehensive work-

MISSION The mission of the Rhode Island National Guard Family Program is to establish and facilitate ongoing communication, involvement, support, and recognition between military members, their families and the Rhode Island National Guard in a partnership that promotes the best for both. These programs put an emphasis on

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family involvement within the unit. Our goal is to strengthen a sense of community and empower families by providing the tools necessary to meet their unique challenges - before, during and after deployments. The RING Military Family Program is located within the Family Assistance Center (FAC) at the Warwick Armory, 541 Airport Road, Warwick, Rhode Island.

MISSION To ensure that our military children and youth have the tools and resources they need to be resilient and to support their social, emotional, educational, and recreational needs. GOALS

The Family Assistance Center (FAC) is an integral part of the RI Military Family Program. We are mandated to provide six essential services to our Military Families. We provide information regarding, Tricare, Legal, Financial, Defense Enrollment and Eligibility Reporting System, crisis intervention and outreach both family and community.

• Support military youth and families throughout the deployment cycle by providing resources, opportunities, support services, and meaningful programs and activities that develop resiliency skills and build community • Deliver recreational, social, and educational programs for military youth living in civilian communities • Educate the community on the impact of the deployment cycle on youth, families, and the community • Provide resources for schools and professionals working with military youth • Create, nurture, and encourage community support networks for military youth

CHILD & YOUTH PROGRAM

IN 2013

The FAC is a “One-Stop-Shop” staffed with a team of family assistance professionals! FAMILY ASSISTANCE

• 18 Child and Youth Program Events and Programs • 2 Military Youth Development Camps • 17 Child and Youth Program Trainings • 2 RI Military Family Program Events • 6 Youth Council Meetings • 6 Family Readiness Group Youth Programs • 10 Yellow Ribbon Child and Youth Programs • 7 Family Days/Events • 2 Military Appreciation Days

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MILITARY FAMILY LIFE ASSISTANCE COUNSELORS (MFLAC) MISSION To support service members and their Families throughout the deployment cycle by providing outreach supportive services through walk around counseling and warm hands to resources that can assist service members and their families to manage deployment cycle stressors. PURPOSE MFLC and C&Y MFLC program augments existing Military Family Support programs to complement the services provided. These programs include the Family Assistance Center, Yellow Ribbon, Strong Bonds, Survivor Outreach Services, and Family Readiness Groups. 2013 EVENTS SUPPORTED In 2013, both the MFLC and C&Y MFLC attended over 50 scheduled and ongoing events with a focus on assessing and addressing the needs of our military, families and children. TOPICS AND TRENDS Stress management Child behavior with deployment cycle Referrals to community resources Marital conflict with deployment cycle Pre, During, and Post deployment stress Family conflict Couples communication Child development Family communication

Family change- separation, divorce Child behavior during camp Youth leadership building Children’s special needs resources PERSONAL FINANCIAL COUNSELOR MISSION Assist service members and their families with personal financial readiness, money management, financial counseling, and financial planning to include appropriate guidance regarding the Servicemember’s Civil Relief Act, Public Law 110-289 Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 as well as other pertinent laws and policies. 2013 SERVICE PROVIDED 585 Face-to-Face contacts with military members and their families, including 245 individual counseling sessions. Supported 11 Yellow Ribbon events, 1 Reverse SRP, 6 Family Day/FRG events, 2 Command briefs. MILITARY ONESOURCE Military OneSource is a free service provided by the Department of Defense (DoD) to active duty, Guard and Reserve service members, and their families with comprehensive information on every aspect of military life including deployment, reunion, relationships, grief, spouse employment and education, parenting and child care, and much more. Military OneSource also offers personal non-medical counseling services online, via telephone, or face-to-face. You can receive

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non-medical, short-term counseling, as well as assistance with financial management, taxes, career services, health and wellness, and much more. This personalized support is available 24/7 no matter where you live or serve. IN 2013 31 events, to include; Yellow Ribbon, Ready-SetGo Training, Commander’s Calls, Family Readiness Group meetings, with 5,815 attendees. Performed 29 Community Capacity efforts reaching out to the Military Community to include: Operation Military Kids, Community Educators, Fleet & Family Services, RI Parent Information Network and Family Services of Rhode Island. SURVIVOR OUTREACH SERVICES (SOS) MISSION To provide support, information, and services closest to where the Survivor Families reside. SOS ensures that Survivors receive all government and non-government benefits and entitlements, grief and financial counseling, and access to survivor events and support groups. IN 2013 SOS Specialists attended and/or conducted over 25 events in direct support to survivors and support groups. In addition to events, ongoing supportive services include outreach to Survivor family members, providing resources including grief counseling and support through MFLC and community, providing event information, financial resources, and follow-up on any unresolved issues that from the CAO, CAC, and IMCOM.

We maintain a link to the military community and supportive services for as long as the Survivor wishes. FAMILY READINESS SUPPORT ASSISTANTS (FRSA) MISSION To empower and assist commanders in delivering the Total Army Family Program (AR 600-20) so that Soldiers and Families are entitled, informed, educated, assisted, and made ready for the unique demands of military life before, during, and after deployment. IN 2013 FRSAs attended and/or conducted over 250 events in support of the 43rd Military Police Brigade, 56th Troop Command and Joint Force Headquarters. YELLOW RIBBON REINTERGRATION PROGRAM MISSION The Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program provides Soldiers and Military Families an assortment of tools to be used to prepare and assist prior to, during and post deployment cycle. The Yellow Ribbon Team consists of highly trained professionals who are ready, willing and able to assist with all types of personal issues.

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EMPLOYER SUPPORT OF THE GUARD AND RESERVE (ESGR); AND HEROES TO HIRED PROGRAM (H2H) ESGR MISSION The ESGR develops and promote employer support for Guard and Reserve service by advocating relevant initiatives, recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of applicable laws and resolving conflict between employers and service members.

H2H MISSION The goal of H2H is to simplify the job search while reducing the number of unemployed reserve component service members. H2H.jobs also allows military-friendly companies to access the talented men and women in the military, post job openings, search for candidates and invite them to apply, and participate in hiring events – all free of charge.

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J-2 INTELLIGENCE Lieutenant Colonel Richard Duffy

MISSION The J2 Directorate of the Joint Force Headquarters, Rhode Island National Guard, produces timely, multi-disciplined intelligence for the Adjutant General in order to support full spectrum operations, primarily within Rhode Island in the joint interagency environment. • The intelligence section builds and maintains national, state and inter-agency partnerships, and fulfills Army and Air Force relationships via internal and external training exercises and conferences within the state’s area of responsibility and the Bahamas, our state partnership nation.

• The J2 coordinated training by the Space and Missile Defense Command to train Army National Guard personnel and the Civil Air Patrol in the employment of the Geospatial Information Interoperability Exploitation – Portable (GIIEP) system, preparing to support civil and military responders with situational awareness through a common reference with Google Earth Enterprise and real time video and still photography. • Provided intelligence support Northern Command’s annual Defense Support to Civil Authorities national exercise in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

• Planning meetings with local military leaders, Fusion Center, and Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency to review and prepare responses to potential weather and manmade threats to the state and nation.

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J-3 TRAINING

Colonel Christopher Callahan

MISSION Assist In Planning, Resourcing, Funding, Coordination, And Execution Of All RIARNG Training Events In Order to Ensure Readiness In Support Of Federal and State Operations. ANNUAL TRAINING The 2013 training year provided RIARNG units the opportunity to conduct training missions throughout the world. These critical exercises ensure unit readiness for Federal and State Missions. STATE PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM

military support to civilian authorities. This includes planning for, preparation for, prevention of, deterrence of and response to threats and aggression towards US infrastructure, and the support to civil entities in crisis management, consequence management and domestic support. Civil Support Missions include, but are not limited to: response to natural disasters (such as floods, hurricanes, and blizzards); response to Weapons of Mass Destruction incidents and support to civilian law enforcement agencies (traffic control, evacuation assistance, response to civil disturbances and insurrections). Military Support also coordinates support for civilian requests regarding Color Guards, participation of the 88th Army Band, static displays of military equipment, participation in parades, military speakers, other civic events, and requests for engineering support. We also serve to support the Governor’s office as we did with the planning and execution of the State of the State Address in January 2012. PHYSICAL SECURITY

Members of the J3 Training Division were called to support a week-long exchange with the Bahamian Defense Force, Commando Squadron. The information and cultural exchange from both nations were highly productive given the short amount of time. At the tactical level, U.S. and Bahamian units discussed room-clearing procedures; close-quarters battle training, personnel recovery operations, maritime and infantry operations. DIRECTORATE OF MILITARY SUPPORT (DOMS)

It is our responsibility to safeguard government equipment and personnel. Vigilance is paramount. Post 9/11 requires that we remain steadfast and ready. This includes writing physical security plans that identify threats and assess risk to theft, sabotage, and physical damage from natural disasters. JOINT OPERATIONS CENTER (JOC) To support/facilitate Command and Control by The Adjutant General/Joint Task Force Commander, the JOC will receive, analyze, coordi-

The mission of the J3-DOMS is to coordinate

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Colonel Christopher Callahan

nate, direct and manage request for information and resources. JOC operations are critical to successful mission accomplishment of current Defense Support to Civil Authorities operations while maintaining situational awareness through maintenance and management of a Common Operating Picture. Command and control is defined as the exercise of authority and direction by a properly designated commander over assigned and attached forces in the accomplishment of the mission. Command and control is a critical function within the environment of dedicated personnel, equipment, communications, facilities, and procedures employed by the commander in planning, directing, coordinating, and controlling forces and operations in the accomplishment of the mission. MOBILIZATION READINESS DIVISION The Mobilization Readiness Division (MRD) serves as the principal advisor to the Adjutant General and as the action officer for all matters pertaining to unit and individual mobilizations, force structure management, organizational readiness and force modernization. MOBILIZATION The fiscal year ending 30 June 2013, the Rhode Island Army National Guard alerted, mobilized and deployed 207 Soldiers in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). In FY13, The Rhode Island Army National Guard deployed the 169th MP Co with 142 Soldiers to Afghanistan. Their mission was to support Special Forces throughout the region. 36 soldiers from the Special Operations Detachment – Global deployed to

Afghanistan. They are conducting special operations missions in support of OEF. A Co, 1-126th AVN returned from deployment with 18 Soldiers in conjunction with the PRARNG to Kuwait in support of OEF. 1-126th AVN also returned from deployment with 145 Soldiers to Kuwait in support of OEF. This organization conducted command and control missions for all organic AVN assets. They also trained and conducted naval sea landings, a new aviation overseas mission. C Co, 1-143rd IN (ABN), comprised of 126 Soldiers, recently returned from Afghanistan and executed the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) mission. This was the second PRT mission conducted by RIARNG assets. This organization was split into three different PRT missions conducted in various regions The RIARNG also had the unique opportunity of supporting SOCOM with an eight man base defense and driver team. One of these elements deployed and returned during this timeframe. The second operational rotation departed in June. Twelve members from A Co, 2/19th SFG (ABN) deployed in support of 20th Special Forces Group (ABN) in Afghanistan. There were also 30 individual deployment augmentees that supported various CONUS and OCONUS commands. Finally, the RIARNG manned the Pre-Mobilization Training Assistance Element (PTAE). The PTAE consisted of two Active Duty Soldiers who provide training oversight and, more importantly, validation of many training events normally conducted at the mobilization station, thus limiting the amount of time spent during the Post-Mobilization phase of unit deployments.

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on the resources required to support State contingencies. 243RD REGIMENT (REGIONAL TRAINING INSTITUTE) The 243rd Regiment located at Camp Varnum (Narragansett) provides the men and women of the Army National Guard, Army Reserve, and Regular Army Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) Qualification training, Leadership/Professional Development training and Instructor Qualification training. This training provided through the General Studies Academy, the Officer Candidate School, and special courses, parallels all active component Army school programs and reflects the most current methods of military instruction. All schools are run under guidance of the US Army and the One Army School System (OASS). COUNTERDRUG SUPPORT PROGRAM MISSION FORCE STRUCTURE MANAGEMENT The RIARNG experienced reductions in personnel to force structure by the end of Fiscal Year 2013. The reduction roll-up is as follows: 1-126th AVN had a loss of 19 positions; The 43rd MP BDE lost eight positions; and the 861st EN Co lost three positions. The intent of this force structure reduction is to remain nationally competitive in terms of readiness. The command plan calls for a slight decrease in the Force Structure Allowance (FSA) from 2212 in Fiscal Year 12 to 2186 in Fiscal Year 13. The current RIARNG End Strength (ES) is 2118, which will have no impact

By developing interagency partnerships with Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA) and Community Based Organizations (CBO), the Rhode Island National Guard Counterdrug Support Program (RI-CD) provides unique military skills in areas of supply reduction (LEA support), demand reduction (Civil Operations), and substance abuse testing for service members (SA). RI-CD consists of Army and Air Force Guardsmen in full time active duty status in accordance with Title 32, Section 112, USC. These Soldiers and Airmen are members of the RI National Guard (RING) and assigned in units across the state. They perform their counterdrug duties in addition

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to their other military responsibilities. The RING has had a Counterdrug Program since 1992 and has become a vital member in the multi-front battle against narcotics and drug abuse. Historically RI-CD has operated on an annual budget in excess of 1.2 million dollars. However, FY 13 began with a $500,000 operating budget, a significant reduction from prior years. Ultimately through federal congressional adds, the RI-CD budget was increased to nearly 1.1 million dollars resulting in a range of temporary staff members. Consequently, seven Soldiers were placed on State Active Duty (SAD) using funds derived from the asset forfeiture program. The Soldiers were on the SAD orders from January 13 through mid April 13. In April 13, additional federal funds were released, placing six of the seven Soldiers back on Title 32 orders for the duration of the Federal fiscal year. The congressional add allowed for eight additional Guardsmen to be placed on orders for the duration of the fiscal year, in order to build a pool of qualified applicants/ candidates in the event of expanded funding in the future. FY 13 was indeed a fiscal rollercoaster due to the federal continuing resolution, the untimely release of funds and changing of duty statuses. RI-CD’s ability to maintain partnerships and effective support was significantly degraded and strained nearly to a breaking point. JOINT SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROGRAM (JSAP) Through the duration of FY 13 the RING exceeded testing goals of the National Guard Bureau by collecting 3192 specimens, with an overall testing rate of 119.3% for Army and 114.8% for Air Force. It has been determined that an aggressive test-

ing program is the best deterrent to prevent drug abuse within our ranks. PREVENTION TREATMENT AND OUTREACH PROGRAM The Prevention Treatment and Outreach (PTO) program was limited to funding during the first quarter of the state fiscal year only. The effect of not having a PTO is yet to be determined, but arguably has had a negative impact on our service members and their families in need of services, due to the fact that there is no immediate person to serve as a case manager. Commanders have had to assume the full responsibility for ensuring service members are provided a list of drug rehabilitation and counseling resources and any other follow up requirements. DRUG INTERDICTION RI-CD had six criminal intelligence analysts imbedded within the following agencies to support ongoing investigations in Rhode Island: Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Rhode Island State Police (RISP)/ RI High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Initiative (RI-HIDTA), Providence Police Department, Newport Police Department, Woonsocket Police Department , U.S. Postal Inspectors, and Office of Criminal Investigations of the Food and Drug Administration (OCI/FDA). Support to two municipalities was ceased early in the FY, mostly due a lack of productivity on the part of the requesting agency. A total of 245 arrests were made as a direct result of the support provided by RI-CD Criminal Intelligence Analysts.

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J-4 LOGISTICS Colonel John Packhem

MISSION The Director of Logistics is responsible for coordinating and providing all logistical and maintenance support to RI Army National Guard units. Logistical support includes facilities, supplies, logistics automation, food service, transportation, and maintenance. SURFACE MAINTENANCE MANAGEMENT OFFICE The Surface Maintenance Manager (SMM) directs and administers the surface maintenance program for the Rhode Island Army National Guard. The SMM provides technical supervision

to all maintenance activities and exercises operational and administrative control over the Combined Support Maintenance Shop (CSMS), the Field Maintenance Shops (FMS) and the Surface Maintenance Office (SMO). The SMM and his/ her staff provide guidance, administrative support and supervision over technical aspects of unit organizational maintenance for the entire state. FIELD MAINTENANCE SHOPS There are three (3) Field Maintenance Shops (FMS) in Rhode Island located in Warren, Warwick, and East Greenwich. Each Field Maintenance Shop is subordinate to the Supervisory Surface Maintenance Specialist. The mission of

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the FMS is to provide field maintenance that is beyond the capabilities of the owning units and to provide limited direct support maintenance on all equipment assigned to units supported by the FMS. Each shop is provided with the necessary tools and equipment to conduct maintenance and repairs authorized at that level. COMBINED SUPPORT MAINTENANCE SHOP (CSMS) The Combined Support Maintenance Shop is the center of maintenance activity and provides both field and sustainment maintenance support. Sustainment maintenance is the higher level of maintenance after field maintenance and is provided to all units of the RIARNG. Specialized work is performed on electronic equipment, armament, and calibrated instruments. Other functions of the CSMS include engine rebuild, auto body repair, and vehicle painting.

THE PLANS AND POLICY BRANCH OFFICE The Plans and Policy Branch Chief and office staff have the responsibility for overall supply program management. The office coordinates joint logistics functions and management programs based on regulations, manuals, instructions, guidance and direction as issued by the appropriate authority. The office staff reviews logistical plans and policies to prepare units for combat operations and state emergencies. The office provides logistics automation, military transportation and supports all food service activities to all Rhode Island National Guard units. Provides support to the Command Maintenance Evaluation Team (COMET) and the Command Supply Discipline Program (CSDP) as required by regulation. The Plans and Policy Branch controls a budget to support all the above activities.

REQUIREMENTS The Surface Maintenance Program supports the following requirements of the RIARNG (to include the total number of wheeled vehicles, personnel budget and the budget for repair parts required for services and repairs).   RESET PROGRAM The Field Reset program is a special National Guard level maintenance program designed to restore unit equipment that deployed or was left behind in order to meet Federal and State missions.

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J-5 STRATEGIC PLANNING Colonel Bennett Singer

MISSION The responsibilities of the J5 include development and implementation of the Rhode Island National Guard’s strategy, policy, plans, initiatives and concepts related to war fighting; transformation; the State Partnership Program and Legislative Issues. LEGISLATIVE LIAISON During 2013, the RING enjoyed three legislative successes; these successes pertained to expanding the Emergency Management Compact to include Canada, expanding the scope of the military Family Relief Fund and the delegation of UCMJ authority to the assistant adjutant generals. Each of these pieces of legislation has directly improved the ability for the National Guard to complete its mission of taking care of its Soldiers and Airmen and providing security for our state and nation. JOINT PLANNING GROUP The Joint Planning Group (JPG) is comprised of senior staff planners from all joint staff sections, to include special staff sections such as the Public Affairs Office and the Staff Judge Advocate office. The primary function of the JPG is to prepare, publish and revise military plans for a host of contingency operations that may arise within the state. Most of these contingencies fit within a broad framework known as the defense support to civilian agencies. The intent of the JPG’s effort is to integrate the National Guard’s contingency plans with other state and federal agencies so that all responses are coordinated and synchronized.

During FY 2013, the Joint Planning Group (JPG) continued to provide support to the command concerning operational and strategic level initiatives. In addition to preparing, publishing and revising military plans for a host of contingency operations and, execution of the command’s Strategic Planning Workshop. The JPG finalized revisions to the RING’s Hurricane Response, Winter Storm, and terrorist use of explosives plans. They also drafted the RING’s nuclear detonation response plan. These plans greatly enhance the RING’s ability to respond to and manage natural or man-made disasters. The JPG worked closely with the Joint Staff in order to participate in the Army’s Community of Excellence (ACOE) program. The JPG facilitated training sessions and organized Rhode Island’s ACOE submission to the National Guard Bureau and participated in the in the evaluation program at the national level. Additionally, the JPG was utilized in direct support of the Command’s annual strategic planning conference in June of 2013. In advance of this event, members of the JPG analyzed strategic and operational level documents in order to assist the command in discerning the best “way ahead” for the organization. The continuous tracking of the actions plans developed during the conference insure the realization of the TAG’s Strategic plan for the Rhode Island National Guard. STATE PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM RING hosted members of the Royal Bahamas Defense Force and Police Force on three

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separate visits to RI. In October both organizations sent representatives to RI to take part in the International Problem Oriented Policing Seminar which was hosted by the Providence Police Department and Roger Williams University. In April, RBDF sent several Military Police leaders to RI to conduct a MP exchange and in June eight Commandos took part in Alpha Company, 1/182 Infantry’s Annual Training.

Exchange subjects included small arms marksmanship, infantry operations, airfield runway assessment, military police operations, weapons maintenance (2 events), TAG visit for HMS Flamingo Memorial Ceremony, recruiting, legal operations, facility maintenance and detention operations.

The RING also planned and executed ten separate Subject Matter Expert Exchanges that took place at HMBS Coral Harbor, Nassau, Bahamas.

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J-6 COMMUNICANTIONS

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Tetreault

MISSION The mission of the Rhode Island National Guard J6/CIO is to provide a high quality, secure, and professional information technology and information management infrastructure and services to our customers necessary for the performance of federal and state missions. VISION The vision of the Rhode Island National Guard J6/CIO is to ensure the directorate is able to leverage a highly skilled technical workforce to deliver Information Technology and Information Management systems to meet organizational operational and strategic objectives. “Given the threat environment, the United States needs a broad portfolio of military capabilities with maximum versatility across the widest possible spectrum of conflict. Toward this end, the Department must continue to reform the way it does business from developing and buying major weapons systems to managing our workforce.” (Quadrennial Defense Review 2010) The future of the threat landscape especially in the area of cyber will continue to push the demand for a highly skilled team of professionals that not only provide business value but ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the diverse Information Management Systems. DISTANCE LEARNING The Distance Learning program has two classrooms and one conference area at Camp Fogarty in East Greenwich, RI. Classroom A has 12 workstations and classroom B has 6 workstations both with full video-teleconference capability. There is

also a satellite location that houses secure and unsecure video teleconferencing capabilities (VTC) for up to twenty. We provide video teleconferencing, web-based training, computer-based training, and classroom facilities for the Rhode Island National Guard and the communities we serve. Training ranges from Emergency Medical Technician recertification to USPFO training on Federal Logistic System or Military Accounting Systems. The classrooms also support video teleconferencing for Recruiting and Retention, and numerous other video conferences throughout the year. Operation of secure and unsecure video teleconference equipment allows military commanders to communicate with their deployed units in real time. AUTOMATION This section purchases and implements all computer equipment for the CIO/J6. It maintains, repairs, and upgrades all computer equipment (workstations and servers) attached to the Local Area Network (LAN). Automation support continues to monitor systems and recommends lifecycle acquisitions as needed. They manage all computer property assigned to the Rhode Island National Guard for accountability. The section also maintains the CIO/J6 “Help Desk” for individual and unit automation issues, as well as maintaining the software library for government owned computer systems and accounts for all licensing. It also produces reports on demand to account for hardware and software usage, and ensures compliance with current anti-virus and information assurance standards. The automation team assists with installation and configuration of routers and network equipment at all Rhode Island National Guard locations.

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ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES Administrative services provide document reproduction and graphical aid services. They also provide bulk mail and package shipment services, Freedom of Information Act requests, and document management. There are currently 80 multi-function copiers networked throughout the National Guard, reducing the operational costs of separate desktop printers, scanners, and fax machines. TELECOMMUNICATIONS The Telecommunications section designs, maintains and upgrades the telecommunications Network for all installations of the Rhode Island National Guard. This network connects all RI National Guard facilities in the state. This section also maintains the communications (land based and cellular) for the Rhode Island National Guard, and acts as a liaison between the National Guard and various telecommunication companies. This section maintains a telecommunication switch network throughout the state, utilizing a Voice Over Internet Protocol telecommunication architecture. It is also responsible for all primary and alternate Wide Area Network (WAN) links throughout the state. COMMUNICATIONS AND ELECTRONICS The Rhode Island National Guard continues to participate in the nationwide, National Guard Bureau, Joint Force Communications Exercises. These communications exercises include Internet Protocol (IP) based networks, high frequency

radio, secure voice terminals, secure fax, nonsecure fax, and Iridium Satellite phones and utilization of the Joint Incident Site Communication Capability (JISCC) mobile communication system. These communication exercises also utilize tactical communication assets of the Air National Guard Combat Communications units. Concurrent with National Guard Bureau Communications Exercise, RING’s Joint Force Headquarters continues to participate in the National Guard Bureau Joint Force Communications Exercise to include the Army National Guard, the Air National Guard, Governors Office and Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency. Communication exercises test radio HF high, VHF low (FM), secure and standard telephones, both secure and standard network connectivity. NETWORKING AND DISASTER RECOVERY The organization is supported by a statewide Local Area Network (LAN) and Wide Area Network (WAN) connecting all Rhode Island Army National Guard facilities. All large site data circuits are connected to a privately contracted network “cloud” via fiber optics or copper. All sites have either a T1 (1.5 Mb) or full DS3 (45Mb) data circuit with a 2Mb, 6Mb or 20Mb redundant data circuit. LAN connectivity to all units in the RI National Guard allows for remote software installation and troubleshooting. The Network Control Center services all units and activities of the Rhode Island National Guard. Expanded secure LAN and VTC systems continue to operate and support war fighter requirements. The RI National Guard is able to conduct secure video teleconferences with National Guard Bureau, Department of Homeland Security and the Department of

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of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. The network is operated within an Active Directory environment as part of the National Guard Bureau Active Directory Forest. All network clients are required to utilize two factor credential authentication to join the network. E-Mail is processed on a Microsoft Exchange environment that supports digital signing and document encryption. Enterprise level Virtual Private Networking (VPN) and Kiosk terminals provide better system access for our traditional, part-time guardsmen. VISUAL INFORMATION The VI section provides high quality Official Military Photographs (DA Photos) to its National Guard soldiers. All official photos’ are digitally uploaded to Department of the Army Personnel Management System and are viewable from the soldiers’ Army Knowledge On-line (AKO) accounts. This section also provides photography and video support to numerous functions. Assistance is also provided for presentations using state-of-the-art software and hardware.

eral command authorities and centers. COMPUTER NETWORK DEFENSE TEAM (CND-T) The Rhode Island command team continues to participate in local, regional, and national conferences and training events to further enhance the capabilities of the Computer Network Defense Team. This team operates as joint force comprised of both Army and Air National Guard soldiers utilizing an extensive mix of military and civilian acquired skills to provide maximum team effectiveness to defend against an ever growing list of Cyber threats. The team also has international partnerships through the National Guard State Partnership program. During the past year, the current team of cyber professionals has tested their abilities and capabilities in computer network defense and digital forensics through participation in both the Cyber Guard and Cyber Shield national level exercises. This team demonstrated the true value the Guardsman provides to the citizens of RI and the Nation.

JOINT INCIDENT SITE COMMUNICATIONS CAPABILITY (JISCC) Each JISCC configuration is a mobile set of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) and/or government off-the-shelf (GOTS) communications hardware and associated peripheral equipment designed to provide onsite and reach-back communications capabilities for enhanced Command and Control (C2) and shared situational awareness (SA) among first responders, and with state and fed-

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J-7 DOCTRINE & TRAINING

Lieutenant Colonel William Ulmschneider

MISSION The J7 provides strategic direction, coordination and implements joint training for the command. This year focused on a continuation of current exercises, new exercises, and readdressed training for Defense Support of Civilian Authorities (DSCA) operations. Over 20 Guardsmen, to include Army and Air, played a significant role in Korea United, an annual, large scale exercise hosted by the Newport Naval War College. Korea United exercises the soldiers’ abilities to work as a joint staff while addressing “real world” issues. In addition to dealing with threats in the Korean theater, the RI National Guard continues to be on the forefront of the cyber initiative. Our Cyber Disruption Teams, in conjunction with the RI State Police and RI Emergency Management

Agency, participated in a National Cyber Exercise. Cyber Shield hosted a unique blend of military and civilian agencies working together locally to detect, analyze and deter cyber threats. Finally, to maintain a high level of readiness, we revitalized our training program in regards to support of civil authorities, so that we can offer the State of Rhode Island the best service available, in times of need.

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PERSONAL STAFF

UNITED STATES PROPERTY & FISCAL OFFICER

The United States Property & Fiscal Office for Rhode Island (USPFO-RI), as established by Title 32 United States Code, Section 708, continued to provide support to the Army and Air National Guard of Rhode Island. The USPFO-RI ensured that Federal funds were disbursed in conformance with applicable statutes and regulations. USPFO-RI also ensured that Federal property provided to the Rhode Island National Guard was maintained and utilized in accordance with applicable directives. The USPFO-RI managed the Federal Logistic Support System for the State upon unit mobilization, and provided the support necessary for a mobilizing unit’s transition to active duty. In FY 13, construction continued

on the new USPFO-RI facility located at Camp Fogarty in East Greenwich. The new facility will be of modern and state of the art architecture, designed to meet the requirements of Rhode Island’s National Guard well into the future. This new facility and other projects will greatly enhance the capabilities and operational readiness of the Guard as we continue to serve as an operational force in defense of our state and nation. During the fiscal year, 64 internal audits were conducted to ensure complience with federal criteria.

SPECIAL STAFF CHAPLAIN

The Chaplain Corps exists to ensure the free exercise of religion of the service members of the U.S.A. Chaplains also execute the Commander’s Master Religious Program which includes, providing support for official ceremonies, officiating weddings and funerals, providing counseling to service members, conducting marriage retreats, and monitoring the morale of the organization. During Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 the RI NG achieved an historic goal; all chaplain positions were filled. Chaplain (1Lt) Jonathan Black, an Army Chaplain Candidate transferred to the Air National Guard filling the forth chaplain vacany on the Air side. In addition to the four slots the State Chaplain position is also held by an Air National Guard chaplain.

Also this year, two additional Army Chaplain Candidates accessed to the Army National Guard chaplaincy putting us at 100% for the first time ever. Chaplain (CPT) John Hatfield accessed to the 103rd Field Artillery Battalion and CH (1LT) Elizabeth Buckner to the 118th Military Police Battalion. Chaplain Buckner is also believed to be the first female chaplain as well as the first African-American chaplain in the RI ARNG. The Chaplain Corps also manages the Strong Bonds program. Strong Bonds is the Army’s premier relationship training program for married couples, families, and single Soldiers which seeks to increase relationship resiliency thus creating a stronger, more resilient Soldier.

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SPECIAL STAFF

STAFF JUDGE ADVOCATE

The Office of the Staff Judge Advocate (SJA) provides legal support to the Adjutant General, staff directorates, commanders, and other RING members. Legal opinions and advice range from administrative law, ethics, employment law, domestic operations law, and military law. Legal reviews for military construction projects remain a high priority. This past year, the SJA office provided support during Hurricane Sandy and other domestic emergencies, advising commanders on the legal rules pertaining to domestic operations. Likewise, members of the office have deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom working on international agreements, providing operational law guidance, and also

training Afghan forces. The SJA provided ARNG and eligible retirees, dependants and other service members free legal services such as free legal advice, wills, and powers of attorney. The office briefed Soldiers on simple estate planning and the service members’ Civil Relief Act (SCRA). Because there are no active duty Army bases located in Rhode Island, nearby Connecticut or Massachusetts, this Office continues to provide these services for our own members, in addition to other deploying reservists.

SPECIAL STAFF

INSPECTOR GENERAL

The Office of the Inspector General will inquire into, and periodically report on, the discipline, efficiency, economy, morale, training, and readiness of the Rhode Island National Guard. The Inspector General serves the Adjutant General by performing the four Inspector General functions;inspections, assistance, investigations, and teaching and training-for the specific purpose of enhancing the Rhode Island National Guard’s readiness. The Inspector General operates in an environment consisting of the commander, the commander’s staff, the commander’s Soldiers and Airmen, Family members, Civilian employees, retirees, and contract employees. These individuals represent the Inspector General’s constituency. The Inspector General bolsters the chain of command by performing the four func-

tions. The Inspector General is a confidential advisor and fact-finder for the Adjutant General. The Office of The Inspector General, Rhode Island National Guard worked 58 cases in fiscal year 2013.

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SPECIAL STAFF

PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER

MISSION

IMPACTS OF SEQUESTRATION

To provide the three cornerstones of military public affairs: Community Relations, Public Information, and Command Information, in a manner which ensures maximum disclosure with minimum delay for unclassified information.

The Rhode Island National Guard was directly impacted in 2013 by the effects of sequestration. As a result of the budget crisis, our two premier community outreach events were cancelled. The award winning Open House/Air Show held annually at the Quonset Air National Guard Base since 1991, and the international jump compeitition, known as “Leapfest,” were cancelled. This affected local commerce, training opportunities, and most importantly, local charities that depend upon the generosity of the event organizers.

COMMUNITY RELATIONS The RING is proud to participate in the community for which it serves. In 2012, our Soldiers and Airmen continued to participate in every major Rhode Island event, including Memorial Day, 4th of July and Veterans Day. COMMAND INFORMATION The Ocean State Guardian is the official magazine of the Rhode Island National Guard and is produced commercially with timely and pertinent input provided by this office. The magazine is distributed quarterly to Soldiers, Airmen, Government Agencies as well as community hot spots with a total circulation of 4,500 copies. Facebook and Twitter – The Rhode Island National Guard Public Affairs Office has led the way in creation and maintenance of social networking as a communication and marketing tool.

The impacts of the sequester remain in place and will continue to affect our community outreach activities for the foreseeable future. It is our intention to plan for the Open House/Air Show and Leapfest in 2014, which we regard as important venues to highlight the men and women of the RI National Guard.

PUBLIC INFORMATION The PA Office produced in excess of 70 press releases for the fiscal year and responded to more than 100 requests for information from the public and media. The Public Affairs office also responded to numerous requests throughout our state concerning operations and facilities.

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13TH (WMD) CIVIL SUPPORT TEAM Lieutenant Colonel Lisa Meriwether

MISSION

WMD-CST CAPABILITIES

Support civil authorities as an All HAZARDS response for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High Yield Explosive (CBRNE) incidents. The mission has matured from a strictly WMD CBRNE incident response to an All HAZARDS response for domestic incidents involving WMD, suspected WMD, natural and man made disasters. The 13th WMD-CST’s mission is to identify CBRNE agents/substances/toxic industrial chemical and materials, assess current and projected consequences, advise on response measures and assist with appropriate requests for additional support. To provide unique mobile capabilities not always available at the local and state level.

The 13th WMD-CST has the ability to detect and completely characterize suspected WMD agents/ substances. The unit is extremely adept at sampling a multitude of liquids, solids and gases in accordance with the FBI 12-Step Process. They have a mobile analytical laboratory platform to perform analysis and identification of unknown substances. They can provide a link to and augment civil responder communications systems, as well as maintain real time operational communications through the use of their Unified Command Suite. Advise civil authorities as to casualty medical management and casualty minimization measures. Advise civil authorities as to initial agent/site containment and mitigation measures. Advise civil authorities of potential additional support assets, and assist with requests for such assets. Provide incident-related technical and situational awareness information to and from nationwide sources.

OPERATIONAL EMPLOYMENT The 13th WMD-CST is assigned to the Governor of Rhode Island to support local, state and federal agencies. The unit is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week for rapid recall/rapid deployment for all hazards response operations within the United States. The unit may be employed in Title 10 or 32 status as a reserve or reinforcing element for other CSTs. They may also work in concert with the Joint Task Force for Civil Support in the overall national response of local, state and federal assets. They are trained and outfitted to operate in environments contaminated with toxic industrial chemicals and materials as well as weaponized chemical, biological and radiological warfare agents.

QUALIFICATIONS The 13th WMD CST is composed of Army and Air Guard Full Time Personnel. Each member of the unit completes over 850 hours of training sponsored by various state and federal agencies including NFPA 472 standards. Their certifications include: HAZMAT Technician, HAZWOPER, Medical personnel licensing, etc. The unit is evaluated and assessed regularly to ensure they are following Army doctrine, regulations and their tactics, techniques and procedures are to standard.

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43RD MILITARY POLICE BRIGADE Colonel Paul Clark

MISSION On order, the 43d Military Police Brigade mobilizes and deploys worldwide to perform its assigned duties and responsibilities. It provides command and control for combat, combat support and combat service support operations of all assigned Military Police and supporting elements. Additionally, the 43d Military Police Brigade provides assistance to the State of Rhode Island in direct support during state emergencies and contingency operations. VISION The 43d Military Police Brigade is the premier tactical Military Police combat force in the reserve component, trained and ready for worldwide deployment as a combat multiplier. Additionally, the brigade functions as the regional Military Police command headquarters and the State’s National Guard Task Force Headquarters, capable of responding to Domestic Homeland Defense/Security missions. It provides protective measures to critical infrastructure, other state or national assets, and any other missions as directed, to promote stability and security in the state and the nation. FY 2013 ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND DEPLOYMENTS The 169th Military Police Company mobilized in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in August, 2012. After completing post mobilization training at Camp Shelby, MS, the 169th Military Police Company deployed to Afghanistan. As-

signed to protect several key military installations from enemy attack, members of the unit distinguished themselves through meritorious acts or performance during the deployment. The unit returned to Rhode Island in June, 2013 with Soldiers awarded: Bronze Star Medal with “V” device for valor, 11 Bronze Star Medals, three Purple Heart Medals, and the Army Commendation Medal with “V” device among other awards. TRAINING The 43d Military Police Brigade concentrated efforts on reorganization and reconstitution, and focused training on Army Warrior Tasks including weapons qualifications, tactical communications skills and battlefield survivability. The 1st Battalion, 103d Field Artillery and its subordinate units concentrated training efforts on M777 howitzer employment and live fire training both at Camp Ethan Allan, VT in April 2013 and Fort Drum, NY, for Annual Training, in July 2013. Some coordinated training with the 197th Fires Brigade allowed the battalion to train the Tactical Operations Center on Army Battlefield Command Systems (ABCS) and coordinate fires with higher headquarters. Members of the 86th IBCT COLT team trained with the battalion providing Target Acquisition and Call for Fire assets. Also conducted throughout the training year were Army Warrior Tasks including weapons qualifications, tactical communications skills and battlefield survivability.

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43RD MILITARY POLICE BRIGADE Colonel Paul Clark

STATE SUPPORT The 43d Military Police Brigade conducted various missions in support of local authorities during fiscal year 2013. Most notable among the support provided was the brigade’s response to Super Storm Sandy and Blizzard Nemo. The 43d Military Police Brigade assumed its operational namesake, TF Protector, on October 26, 2012 in anticipation of Super Storm Sandy. TF Protector stood up as a combined staff effort made up of Soldiers from the headquarters elements of the 43d Military Police Brigade, 118th Military Police Battalion, and 1/103d Field Artillery. Fully operational by October 29th, TF Protector provided mission command to over 100 Soldiers and Airmen tasked to support local authorities. Soldiers of the 1/103d Field Artillery supported the Rhode Island Urban Search and Rescue Team in their efforts to conduct search and rescue operations in heavily damaged areas of southern Rhode

Island while Soldiers of the 118th Military Police Battalion and 143d Security Forces Squadron conducted circulation control along roadways impacted by the storm. In response to a request from the Town of Westerly, the 115th Military Police Company deployed to Misquamicut in order to assist local and state police in their efforts to provide security in an area heavily impacted by the storm. TF Protector conducted operations through November 5, 2012. On February 8, 2013, TF Protector stood up once again to provide mission command in response to Blizzard Nemo. Soldiers of the 1/103d Field Artillery and HHD, 118th Military Police Battalion provided mobility support to local communities utilizing 5-ton trucks and HMMWVs while Soldiers of the 118th Military Police Battalion provided mobility support to state and local police. Soldiers supported operations to mitigate the effects of the blizzard through February 10, 2013.

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56TH TROOP COMMAND Colonel William Conway

56TH TROOP COMMAND Our units include Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group; Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 143rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne); Alpha Company , 1st Battalion, 182nd Infantry Regiment; the 1st Battalion of the 126th Aviation Regiment; the 88th Army Band; the 110th Public Affairs Detachment; and the 861st Engineer Support Company. MISSION 56th Troop Command Headquarters provides administrative command and control for all assigned units, providing personnel, logistical and training support of unit preparation for mobilization, deployment, and re-deployment. On order, the 56th Troop Command staff constitutes the command element of a Joint or Army Task Force in support of Homeland Defense, Defense Support to Civil Authorities, and/or other domestic emergency operations within the designated Joint Area of Operations. CHARLIE COMPANY, 1/143RD INFANTRY REGIMENT Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 143rd Infantry Regiment redeployed during 2012 from a combat mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan. Upon return, Charlie Company attended three separate reintegration, or Yellow Ribbon events, during which Soldiers were briefed on support programs and resources which are available to them.

ALPHA COMPANY, 1/182ND INFANTRY REGIMENT Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 182nd Infantry Regiment was hard at work in fiscal year 2013. Beginning the year in reset from its deployment the year prior, the company worked to gain readiness by training on individual soldier skills. The training focused on movement, tactics, and troop leading procedures at the squad level. Soldiers were put to the test during annual training with squad patrol lanes. Additionally, during annual training, the company performed weapons qualification, day and night land navigation certification, and medical evacuation training. 861ST ENGINEER SUPPORT COMPANY The 861st Engineer Support Company was activated in fiscal year 2013 in support of Super Storm Sandy relief efforts. The unit provided debris clearance teams to assist local authorities and National Grid in restoring power to the community. The assistance provided also made roads passable for civilian traffic and emergency services. In February, the 861st was once again activated for Blizzard Nemo. The unit’s mission was to conduct debris removal, critical infrastructure hardening, and search and rescue operations if necessary. Elements of the 861st were sent to numerous locations around the state to support local authorities. Additionally, elements of the 861st were sent to Connecticut to fulfill an EMAC request to support snow removal operations after Blizzard Nemo.

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ALPHA COMPANY, 2/19TH SPECIAL FORCES GROUP Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (A) provided nine individual augmenters to 1st and 3rd Special Forces Groups to serve in Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan, in January of 2013. Tragically one soldier was Killed In Action on 21 September 2013, while

serving as a Weapons Sergeant in Gardez, Afghanistan. The company participated in numerous training events throughout Fiscal Year 2013. On three separate occasions, Operational Detachments Alphas (ODAs) participated in Theater Security Cooperation Program (TSCP) events in the Pacific Command (PACOM) region of the world. ODA 9215 conducted Joint Combined Exercise for Training (JCET) Balance Buffalo 13-2 from mid January until the end of February 2013. ODA 9212 conducted JCET Balance Metal 13-2 from May until mid June 2013. ODA 9216 conducted Balance Buffalo 13-3 from mid August until the end of September 2013. Training highlights for all operations included Small Unit Tactics, Combat Marksmanship training, Military Decision Making Process training, and Advanced Medical training. Elements from A/2/19th participated in Operation Red Pegasus with members of the 1st Commandos, Royal Australian Army in Australia from the beginning of September until mid September. 1/126TH AVIATION REGIMENT 1st Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment completed their yearlong deployment to Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and redeployed to Rhode Island on 10 October 2012. Following redeployment, the battalion shifted to reorganization and reconstitution. The Battalion completed all Yellow Ribbon requirements in February 2013 and resumed a regular drill schedule and flight training in March. The battalion continually supports A/2-19 and 56th Troop Command for day

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and night parachute operations as well as Aviation Mission Requests (AMR) for Providence College Reserve Officers Training Corps, Rhode Island Officer Candidate School, and other National Guard units throughout Rhode Island. In the spring of 2013, the command received the Notice of Sourcing (NOS) for F/1-126th (Air Ambulance) for an FY 15 deployment with the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. During that same time period the battalion was also notified they would be receiving an Aviation Resource Management Survey (ARMS) from FORSCOM in the first quarter for FY14. E and F Companies conducted home station annual training during the months of July and August. F Co conducted their Joint Assessment (JA) in August at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas with National Guard Bureau and First Army. Throughout the year the battalion also changed the unit level commanders for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, D Company, E Company and F Company.

surrounding schools’ music departments were bused in for the shows. This was the second consecutive year that the unit has conducted the event, which is critical in informing the state’s young musicians of the opportunities that the 88th Army Band offers. These concerts also provided productive training for the unit with logistical movements, stage set-up/break down, and performance endurance.

88TH ARMY BAND The 88th Army Band successfully supported five parades around the state of Rhode Island. The unit provided a bugler for ceremonies on 12 different occasions. The Brass Quintet also provided musical support for a variety of ceremonies. The Concert Band, Pop Band, and Rock Band performed several missions, including Holiday concerts with guest vocalists, and a five day, back to back area high school concert tour geared towards recruiting. During the recruiting event, members of the unit performed at area high schools at which students from the

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MEDICAL DETACHMENT Colonel John W. Nolan

MISSION The Rhode Island National Guard Medical Command will plan, program, provide, and sustain health force protection and medical and dental support to meet the operational training and mobilization medical readiness requirements for the ARNG units and soldiers. COMBAT LIFESAVER COURSE (CLS) CLS is a 40-hour class taught to non-medical soldiers to ensure immediate medical treatment to the wounded until medics arrive. The course consists of basic and advanced first aid skills. Success of CLS has been proven by the reduced number of fatalities on the battlefield due to immediate intervention. This course is offered to all units at time of deployment, on a quarterly basis and upon request. TRAINING The Medical Command conducts training activities at Quonset ANG Base, Camp Fogarty and Camp Varnum to include weapons qualifications, soldiering skills and team building exercises, operations dealing with chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE) threats. SOLDIER READINESS The Medical Command ensures Soldiers are medically fit to deploy for both war time missions and homeland defense missions. The Command‘s doctors, nurses, and medics along with their civilian counterparts ensure the health

and wellness of all the RIARNG members. The administrative staff maintains the medical and dental records for the entire state updating multiple medical databases on a continual basis. The Medical Command is an integral part of the soldier‘s readjustment phase on redeployment through both the Units demobilizations and during their Post Deployment Health Reassessment at three to six months post deployment. Additional missions include: annual flight physicals, health assessments, immunizations, and dental exams. The Medical Command is a dedicated and integral resource to all RIARNG Commands. PANAMA MAJ Dan Winschel and CPT David Donth, met with Dr. Tristan Pinzon, director of Hospital Colon, in Panama to tour the facility and meet the Panamanian staff. Hospital Colon offers a full-medical facility and is prepared to care for any U.S. personnel, should they need it, during Beyond the Horizon-Panama 2013. Beyond the Horizon-Panama is a U.S. Southern Commandsponsored, U.S. Army South-led, humanitarian and civic assistance exercise deploying U.S. military engineers and medical professionals to Panama to build cooperative relationships with the host nation while providing humanitarian services. 68W/NREMT-B MEDIC The Medical Command is also responsible for maintaining and conducting training and educational requirements for all RI ARNG Medics. This

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course is also offered through AT-TARS to all Medics from around the country. The skills of an army medic include resuscitation, stabilization, and evacuation (utilizing ground and aviation assets) of combat wounded and injured civilians. A few of the proficiencies include IOIV‘s (fluid into the bone marrow), advanced airways, control bleeding, treat for shock, triage, and other lifesaving techniques.

Maj. Dan Winschel (center) and Capt. David Donth (right), Rhode Island Medical Command, Rhode Island National Guard, meet with Dr. Tristan Pinzon, director of Hospital Colon, to tour the facility and meet the Panamanian staff.

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ARMY RECRUITING & RETENTION Lieutenant Colonel Gloria Berlanga

MISSION The Rhode Island Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Command conducts Strength Maintenance Operations based on the three tenants of Strength Maintenance: Recruiting, Retention, and Attrition Management. Our mission is to provide quality, deployable soldiers and leaders in defense of the citizens of Rhode Island; promote opportunities for service; and foster increased public awareness of the RIARNG. ORGANIZATION The command and support staff, headquartered at Camp Fogarty in East Greenwich, provides guidance and support to two geographically based teams, each led by a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer. We are community-based and have two recruiting offices located on Weybosset Street in downtown Providence and on Rte 117 in Warwick. RECRUITING, RETENTION, AND ATTRITION MANAGEMENT Despite reductions in incentives and tougher enlistment standards, during this fiscal year the command achieved 310 enlisted gains, and 39 new officer gains. As a result of this success, the Recruiting Command narrowly missed the end strength goal set by National Guard Bureau. Additionally, the command exceeded goals for “quality� enlistments, in that 90% of Soldiers entering the RI Army Na-

tional Guard had at least a high school diploma. Additionally, other newly enlisted Soldiers earned their high school education through resident National Guard education programs. Due to the military downsizing nationwide, the majority of monetary incentives that existed even five years ago have been eliminated. There are significant benefits available to members of the RI Army National Guard. Principle among these are tuition assistance at state colleges and universities; up to 100% tuition assistance at other institutions; student loan repayment programs; ROTC scholarships; a new GI Bill with benefits that are transferrable to family members; low cost health coverage and dental coverage for both the individual Soldier and their families; paid career training; limited cash enlistment bonuses; adventure and opportunities for service. RECRUIT SUSTAINMENT PROGRAM (RSP) The mission of the RSP is to ensure that new recruits are physically fit, mentally prepared and administratively correct when they arrive at basic training. The RSP is unique to the Army National Guard as no other branch of service has such a program. It is designed to prepare non-prior, and some prior service enlistees, with the basic knowledge and

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skills required to successfully complete Basic Combat Training (BCT) and Advanced Initial Entry Training (AIT). RSP instills the seven Army values; Leadership, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage, and provides academic instruction as well as physical conditioning and Common Task Training. The success of the program is evidenced by a “training success” rate of over 95% at basic training installations. During this period, the Recruit Sustainment program in Rhode Island was consistently among the top 10 percent in the nation and achieved a top regional ranking consistently. The Recruit Sustainment Program regularly produces Honor Graduates at Basic Training. THE SPLIT-OPTION PROGRAM This is a program that is unique to the Army National Guard. It allows High School Juniors the opportunity to attend basic training during the summer after their junior year, and return home in time to start their senior year. After high school graduation, they return to complete their Advanced Individual Training and continue with their National Guard service.

testing their cardio-vascular, muscular - strength endurance. We anticipate this program will be expanded during FY14. RETENTION EVENTS German Armed Forces’ Proficiency Badge - This international competition is hosted annually by German Armed Forces’ Consulate in Washington, DC. This year, 22 soldiers from the Rhode Island Army National Guard trained and competed in the 8-event competition. Events included sprints, flexed arm hand, uniform swim, combat life saver and NBC skills and weapons’ qualification. The final culminating event, a 7.5 mile Road March, was hosted on the Grounds of the German Consulate in DC. Qualifying soldiers were awarded their German Proficiency Badge in a formal ceremony; US Soldiers are authorized to wear this badge on their dress uniform.

PARTNERSHIPS WITH THE COMMUNITY Physical Fitness Challenge - Circuit Workout Taught at Local Schools Rhode Island Army National Guard Recruiters developed and implemented a unique physical fitness challenge/circuit workout routine at several local high schools. Students from three local high schools participated in a 12 stationed event,

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The federal mission of the 102d Network Warfare Squadron is to provide Network Assurance (NA) services to the United States Air Force (USAF), United States Cyber Command USCYBERCOM), and the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), as part of the Department of Defense (DoD) efforts to protect its Global Information Grid (GIG) from computer hackers and technological terrorism. In support of the state mission, the 102d, in coordination with Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency, the Rhode Island State Police and the Fusion Center has the ability to provide a computer emergency response team (CERT) for local cyber emergencies. The 102d is also an integral member of the Regional Cyber Disruption Team.

The 102d Network Warfare Squadron participated in the U.S. European Command’s Exercise “Combined Endeavor”. This exercise, which is the world’s largest, multinational, interoperability training exercise, brought together more than 40 NATO and Partnership for Peace nations to integrate their communications and information systems and test compatibility across their national networks. Information gained and lessons learned during this exercise will enable participating countries to work together more effectively in future real world humanitarian and peace support operations. This leading edge cyber defense unit

The 102d plays a critical role with the state’s Cyber Disruption Team. Its facilities, assets and personnel may be tasked by the Governor under the auspices of Task Force CYBER, whereas State, local government, public and private business, along with academia will form a unified response team to mitigate a significant cyber incident. The squadron is located on the Quonset Air National Guard Base, North Kingstown, Rhode Island in its state-of-the-art Secure Communications Information Facility (SCIF). The 102d Network Warfare Squadron is aligned under the Air Force Space Command providing support to the active duty 33rd Network Warfare Squadron.

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Command Cyber Readiness Inspections (CCRI) The 102d Network Warfare Squadron regularly dispatches technical assessment teams throughout the globe to inspect computer information systems on various Department of Defense (DoD) Installations. These teams of highly skilled Airmen provide a comprehensive inspection and analysis of the installation’s computer network to ensure that they meet and adhere to established criteria. Exercise “CYBER GUARD” The 102d Network Warfare Squadron participated in exercise CYBER GUARD, which focused on national defensive cyberspace operations and command and control with mission integration between USCYBERCOM/NSA and the National Guard. The exercise provided realistic training opportunities for the command, agencies involved and National Guard units. Exercise “VIGILANT GUARD” The 102d Network Warfare Squadron participated in NORTHCOM-sponsored exercise VIGILANT GUARD 2013, where several Airmen were tasked to provide critical operational support to

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143RD AIRLIFT WING

Colonel Arthur Floru

MISSON The mission of the 143d Airlift Wing (AW) is to provide world-wide combat airlift and combat support forces to our nation and to provide resources to protect life, property and public safety for Rhode Island and our local communities. DEPLOYMENTS Even with scaled down combat operations in Southwest Asia, worldwide deployments continued in a robust manner in 2013. Ninety-nine dedicated Airmen from the 143d AW deployed to Germany, South Africa, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Puerto Rico, Dover Air Force Base (AFB), Delaware, March AFB, California and Andrews AFB, Maryland. The Operations and Maintenance Group supported SHARED ACCORD; a bilateral military exercise with the South African National Defense Force. The majority of the deployments by the Wing supported the War on Terror in the Southwest Asia area of responsibility and Operation Enduring Freedom. The Civil Engineers and Fire Fighters provided overlapping war effort support in multiple arenas including: Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Bahrain. While most deployments were overseas, 11 Airmen from the 143d Force Support Squadron provided direct support for President Obama’s second inauguration in Washington, DC. The Wing once again prepared for another deployment. The Maintenance and Operations Groups, with support from the other units, make

up the bulk of pending deployers with an anticipated aviation deployment to Southwest Asia. More than 180 members are prepared for the largest deployment of RI Air National Guard personnel and assets since 2011. INTERNATIONAL TRAINING The 143d Airlift Wing’s International Training Program continues to evolve into a more comprehensive effort, to establish the Rhode Island Air National Guard as a key player in the US Security Cooperation arena. Over the past year, through multiple in-residence C-130J training programs, mobile training teams, and a Foreign Military Sales aircraft delivery mission, the 143 AW worked to strengthen foreign defense relationships with Iraq, India, Denmark, Canada and the United Kingdom, promoting US security interests abroad and enhancing global security. This past year, the 143d Operations Group world-class instructor corps provided nearly 500 hours of C-130J flight training to foreign aircrew from Iraq, India, Denmark and the United Kingdom through in-residence training programs based right here in Rhode Island. As a result of the successful 2012 initial aircraft delivery, in May the 143d AW was once again tasked to support the Iraqi Air Force. Three new C-130J aircraft and 38 tons of support equipment valued at over $550 million dollars was delivered from the Lockheed Martin plant in Marietta, Georgia to Baghdad, Iraq. The uniquely challenging mission, solidified the 143d Airlift Wing’s reputation as a global “C-130J center of excellence.”

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In addition to aircraft generation for aircrew training, the Maintenance Group continued its lead in support of the US Security Cooperation programs by training more India Air Force maintainers at Quonset, and by providing on-site training support at Hindan Air Base in Delhi, India. Within the scope of the Iraqi program, 143d Maintenance Airmen assisted in the preparation and delivery of the last three C-130J’s to Baghdad. Support to the Royal Canadian Air Force has been longterm and on-going. When these programs reach conclusion, they will have generated over 6,500 man-days of employment in the state of Rhode Island.

Force, to include components from the active duty, the Reserve and the National Guard. Wing leadership has taken aggressive steps to position the 143d AW for the future. This has been accomplished through the expansion and upgrading of base facilities, aircraft modernization, adding tenant organizations, and the recruiting and retaining of quality personnel while providing training and equipment that maintains our total operational readiness. Air Mobility Command has identified the 143d AW as a future host to an active duty C-130J squadron. This is largely due to the Wing efforts mentioned above. The addition of an active unit would:

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The 143d Airlift Wing is located on the former Quonset Point Navy Base, built in 1941. Until 2002, many of the original buildings were still being used by the Wing. However, over the last decade the 143d has constructed new or renovated 80% of the original infrastructure. A complete refurbishment of the fuel cell maintenance hangar is currently underway. Plans for the construction of a technologically sophisticated aircraft flight simulator have been submitted to higher headquarters for approval. Additionally, an aircraft parking apron expansion is under construction. ACTIVE ASSOCIATE During the next three years the 143d AW is expected to play an active role in the Department of Defense strategy of downsizing its active duty forces to create a more robust and effective Total

• Bring over 100 full time active duty positions to Quonset Point • Nearly double the economic impact to the local area • Provide additional resources and visibility to the Wing • Create synergy between a young active force and the more seasoned Air National Guard force CHEMICAL, BIOLOGICAL, RADIOLOGICAL, NUCLEAR AND HIGH YEILD EXPLOSIVE (CBRNE) ENHANCED RESPONSE FORCE PACKAGES (CERFP)

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As the National Guard moves back to its roots of Homeland Defense and Civil Support, the CERFP was developed to support civil authorities during times of escalated domestic response. Each Region was awarded a minimum of one CERFP and because of locations and proximity; Region 1 (Northeast states) elected to support the CERFP with a Tri-State solution. In typical form, the 143d AW was quick to take on this unique and one of a kind construct. The 186 personnel package, capable of supporting Search and Extraction, Decontamination, and Medical triage is made up of Army National Guard units from Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island and Air National Guard units from New Hampshire and our own 143d AW. The 143d AW participated in several off-site training exercises this year including Brunswick Naval Air Station, Maine, Volk Field, Wisconsin and

Bangor, Maine. As a result of ceaseless training and education, Rhode Island DECON increased from 5% “ready/available” to 65% “ready available.” The team anticipates a summit “ready/ available” capacity of 125% by February 2014. C-130 TRANSPORTATION HUB The Wing is fully exploiting its ideal geographic location and facilities as the C-130 crossroad to Europe. As the easternmost C-130 unit, the 143d AW is the logical embarkation point for all C-130’s departing for or returning from the European and Southwest Asia theaters. Quonset Point conveniently allows for a transit to and from Europe in a single day. Eliminating the requirement for an overnight stop provides significant economic and operational efficiencies. This maintains the 143d Airlift Wing’s viability and relevance and continues to have a positive economic impact on the community.

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The Federal Mission of the 282nd Combat Communications Squadron (CBCS) is to rapidly deploy an integrated force capable of establishing initial and build-up Command and Control(C2); Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) communications; and Information Operations (IO) capabilities to support the war fighter during times of war. The State Mission is to be organized, equipped and trained to function effectively in the protection of Homeland Defense, including life, property, and the preservation of peace, order and public safety under the orders of State authorities.

The men and women of the 282nd spent their time preparing for and participating in the AFSPC directed IG Compliance Inspection (CI) and Operational Readiness Inspection (ORI), which took place in mid- September. The overall results from the CI inspection were “Complies with Comments” which is passing. The overall results from the ORI inspection were “Excellent”. The quote at the out-brief from the IG Team Chief was “best unit seen in this inspection period” which encompasses a two-year window. The “Excellent” grade was one of only two given out to a combat communications unit during that inspection cycle.

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OCTOBER - DECEMBER 12 The 282nd planned and participated in a 30-hour local exercise at home station, Exercise “Sentry Cooper”. The training objectives for this exercise provided our young airmen with experience facing obstacles and helped develop their problem solving skills to ensure our next wave of comm. leaders are prepared to lead. The unit’s Joint Incident Site Communication Capability (JISCC) continued to train and worked closely with the state’s EMA to ensure first responders were aware of this capability. They have developed procedures and processes that enable us to deploy this comm. package quickly and flawlessly in times of state emergencies. The team’s training and preparation will ensure continuity of service and provide safety for all Rhode Island’s citizens. The 282nd CBCS implemented a Squadron-wide Exercise Evaluation Team (EET) to provide sister squadrons expertise for inspection, preparation, equipment operations and installation oversight. JANUARY – MARCH 13 The 282nd had a change of command ceremony in early January, with LtCol Thomas D’Abrosca replacing LtCol Joe Walsh. The unit First Sergeant, MSgt Deborah Thibodeau, was selected as the state RIANG First Sergeant of the Year. Several dozen unit members began preparations for deployment in support of AEF later during the year. They spent many hours focusing on the plethora of CBTs and local training which needed to be accomplished. The EET traveled to San Diego in support of the 147th CBCS’s CI/ORI which was planned for April. They inspected the

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unit’s ORE, providing guidance and feedback in several comm. shops. A small team of unit members worked together for approximately a week in support of Blizzard Nemo which dumped almost two feet snow on our state. These members were prepared to support the state with generators, chain saw teams and the JISCC when called upon. Two unit vehicle augmentees were assigned to the 861st Army Engineers for a week to support the Connecticut highway snow cleanup from the blizzard. Additionally, an Emergency Operations Center (ECO) was established between the North Smithfield station and RIJOC/ EMA to coordinate planning between the sites in support of the storm. APRIL – JUNE 13 All scheduled AEF deployers arrived in country at several locations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. It is noteworthy that 100% of the tasked deployers who were identified to deploy from the initial selection process actually deployed, meaning the 282nd had zero personnel shortfalls. The JISCC team set up their equipment at the University of Rhode Island in support of the college’s annual Cybersecurity Symposium. This event allowed the JISCC members to showcase their technical expertise in front of the entire Rhode Island Congressional staff, the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, the CIO of the Department of Defense, the commander of the 24th Air Force and various other dignitaries and cybersecurity experts. Unit members also supported the Joint Users Interoperability Communications Exercise (JUICE) at Aberdeen, MD. The 282nd provided support for

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Command and Control (C2) systems involving joint network operating on local, state, national and international levels. It also showcased the 282nd Network Defense (Net-D) Flight and its ability to monitor the network, scan vulnerabilities and provide forensics and reporting. Two full time members of the unit were recognized as Federal Employees of the Year in their respective categories (MSgt Paul Miga, Technical Compliance and MSgt James Pierce, Support Staff) during this time frame.

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AIR FORCE RECRUITING & RETENTION

Lieutenant Colonel Denis Riel

MISSION The Rhode Island Air National Guard Recruiting and Retention Team conducts strength maintenance operations which meet or exceed The Adjutant General’s established goals; promote opportunities for service; and foster increased public awareness of the Rhode Island Air National Guard. ORGANIZATION The recruiting and retention team falls under the command of the Joint Force Headquarters located on New London Ave, Cranston, RI and performs daily recruiting operations from the RIANG Recruiting Center located on Oaklawn Ave, Cranston, Rl. RECRUITING & RETENTION MANAGEMENT FY 13 recruiting and retention initiatives resulted in the recruitment of 124 new members and retained 90% of the current membership, which exceeded established goals, while simultaneously achieving a higher overall effective manning capability. Enlistment and reenlistment bonuses accounted for over $1.1 million in additional revenue. FY 13 closed with an end strength of 102.3% marking the 7th consecutive year the RI Air National Guard was able to maintain 100 percent or above manning levels.

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