71st WMD Civil Support Team
The Military Support Program provides for the coordination and implementation of Iowa National Guard resources to assist civil emergencies that are beyond the capability of civil authorities to deal with. Available military resources may be employed in support of the Iowa Emergency Plan to assist in restoring essential facilities, prevent unnecessary loss of life, and alleviate suffering and restore peace and order. They are prepared to take necessary action to restore civil control, as required, and to be prepared to support the commanders of any adjacent states' State Area Commands. The Plans, Operations and Military Support Section is a part of the Operations and Intelligence Section of Headquarters, Iowa Army National Guard. It is responsible for the development and maintenance of contingency plans for the Iowa National Guard that include the Iowa National Guard Emergency Plan. The section also has the staff responsibility for security within the Iowa Army National Guard to include physical security of property and defense information. It coordinates and operates a statewide emergency radio network, as well as the National Guard Emergency Operations Center.
The Military Support Section functions as a day-to-day contingency planning and coordination office for providing Military Support to Civil Authorities, in the broad area of domestic emergencies. The eight personnel of the section are paid with 100% federal funds. Three of the eight work full-time at Camp Dodge.
The staff responsibility for the missioning and resourcing of Iowa National Guard units when deployed as a state emergency force is assigned to the Plans, Operations and Military Support Officer, and is conducted within the parameters defined within the emergency declaration of the Governor of Iowa as administered through the Department of Public Defense and its Emergency Management Division.
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