Proceedings Of The Marine

FALL 2011

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Recognition for Ike Response USNORTHCOM was awarded the National Eagle Trophy for Valor from the National Institute for Urban Search and Rescue in recognition of joint operational support during Hurricane Ike, throughout which military personnel flew nearly 900 hours in dangerous conditions to save over 400 lives. Recent Successes USNORTHCOM's CDR Pat Merrigan was integrated into collaborative planning and operations to prepare for flooding in North Dakota. In these efforts, a multi-agency, federal state unified air operations branch/SAR branch serves under the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services as part of an all- domain SAR team in support of the state of North Dakota and FEMA Region VIII. In other advancements, a recent FEMA initiative captures best practices for planning and operations via a deployable federal SAR coordination group. This group of experts from the primary agencies will deploy in support of a requesting agency to assist in SAR planning and operations and to help build the linkage to federal SAR partners. To take this initiative to the next level, USNORTHCOM is examining the concept of a deployable rescue sub- center to assist local SAR authorities in managing large-scale SAR response. As we build capability, we are applying the lessons we learned with the USCG, FEMA, and our SAR part- ners in Louisiana, Texas, and most recently in North Dakota. We are working toward catastrophic incident search and rescue agreements with all states to plan and specify what level of operational support will be requested of USNORTHCOM, the USCG, and other federal partners to assist any search and rescue coor- dination request and ensure rapid SAR response. About the author: 0U 6RNRO KDV EHHQ WKH FKLHI RI 6HDUFK DQG 5HVFXH DQG 3HUVRQQHO 5HFRYHU\ DW 861257+&20 VLQFH 6HSWHPEHU RI :KLOH RQ DFWLYH GXW\ KH VHUYHG DV D 861257+&20 WHDP FKLHI GHSOR\HG WR VXSSRUW +XUULFDQH .DWULQD UHVSRQVH DQG OHG 'HSDUWPHQW RI 'HIHQVH SODQQLQJ LQ VXSSRUW RI )(0$ DQG /RXLVLDQD LQ +H KDV WKUHH FRPEDW WRXUV KDV PRUH WKDQ KRXUV RI ÁLJKW WLPH DQG FRP- PDQGHG DW WKH ÁLJKW VTXDGURQ DQG JURXS OHYHOV LQ WKH $LU )RUFH Endnotes: 1. "Improved Search and Rescue Operations for the Hurricane Season," The Air Land Sea bulletin, September 2006. Lt Col Jim Zietlow and Mr. Tim Sutlief, ALSB 2006-3. 2. Catastrophic Incident Search and Rescue Addendum to the National Search and Rescue Supplement, version 2.0, November 2009. 3. Memorandum for Commander, U.S. Northern Command, Designation as Inland Search and Rescue Coordinator, November 4, 2009. 4. The concept of the operation is that the commander of USNORTHCOM (CDR USNORTHCOM) retains the title and role of inland SAR coordina- tor and all attendant policy governance responsibilities. CDR USNORTH- COM delegates to CDRAFNORTH the Federal Routine Aeronautical SAR Coordination Authority for the Langley search and rescue region and the authority to coordinate and execute catastrophic incident SAR. SAR coor- dinator duties that are strategic in nature will be accomplished by HQ USNORTHCOM, while operational duties and authorities are delegated to CDRAFNORTH/Joint Forces Air Component Commander. USNORTH- COM will assume the role of an ESF #9 primary agency and will be pre- pared to assume overall primary agency responsibilities if so designated. 46 Proceedings Fall 2011

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