Homeland Response Force
Definition/Scope: (ARNG) The Department of Defense (DoD), based on recommendations from the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), directs the National Guard to create 10 Homeland Response Forces (HRFs): two in FY11 and eight in FY12. The HRF will be made up of lifesaving capabilities including Search and Extraction, Decontamination, Emergency Medical, Security, and Command and Control (C2), with approximately 566 personnel per HRF. The 10 HRFs, along with 17 Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High Yield Explosive (CBRNE) Enhanced Response Force Packages (CERFPs) and 57 Civil Support Teams (CSTs), will provide the initial military response to a CBRNE incident. The HRFs will be staffed with National Guard soldiers and airmen. Regionally oriented, each of the 10 HRFs will be hosted by state(s) in each of the 10 FEMA regions. HRFs will provide a scalable capability to bridge a gap between initial National Guard (NG) response and Title 10 capabilities. HRFs will improve Command and Control (C2) and Common Operating Pictures (COPs) of deployed National Guard CBRNE forces. HRFs will create a mobile, flexible, and decentralized capability to respond to CBRNE and additional hazards (HAZMAT). The HRFs will operate alongside other National Guard-sourced CBRNE Consequence Management forces including WMD-CSTs and CERFPs, as well as federal-controlled elements of the enterprise, including DCRF, C2CREs, and follow-on forces, when necessary. (JP 3-41) The HRF mission is, on order, alert, assemble, and deploy within 6?12 hours of notification in response to a CBRN incident to save lives, mitigate human suffering, and prepare for follow-on forces in support of civil authorities. Capabilities include search and extraction, casualty decontamination, emergency medical triage and treatment, security element, and C2. The HRFs will be sourced from the existing Army and Air NG force. NG units that are selected as part of the HRF remain under the direction and control of the governor of the state in which they reside. Governors exercise their command, operational authority, or TACON of military forces through TAGs. Requests for out-of-state HRF support is requested from the state EOC IAW interstate agreements or EMAC (via a Requisition A) of which all states are signatories. The NG JFHQ-State JOC may enter the governor?s request into the JIEE for coordination with other states and NGB. Requests are coordinated with other states and NGB based on a supporting/supported relationship and OPCON or TACON provided by the gaining/supported state IAW established MOAs or other agreements. The authority to notify, deploy, and employ an HRF, in almost all cases, is vested in the independent, sovereign state governors who control the NG capabilities with the understanding that HRFs are designed to be regional and national assets that support CBRN CM nationwide.
Broader Terms:Army National Guard
Narrower Terms:20th Support Command