Thursday, June 11, 2015
Adjutant General McGuire Testifies About Emergency Assistance to Local Communities, AZ Border and Narcotics Operations
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha McSally yesterday held a hearing about the military’s role assisting civil authorities and responding to disasters. During the hearing, Arizona Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Michael McGuire testified about the Arizona National Guard’s role supporting border and drug interdiction efforts and discussed the challenges assisting local authorities when disasters strike.
“Last week marked the start of the 2015 hurricane season and areas out west, including in my home state of Arizona, are gearing up for what is predicted to be an above average wildfire season,” Rep. McSally said during the hearing. “In such emergencies, defense personnel and assets act as flexible force multipliers to the response.”
Click HERE to watch Rep. McSally’s opening statement
During his testimony, Maj. Gen. McGuire outlined two important areas where the National Guard assists federal agencies in Arizona: combating drug trafficking and strengthening border security as part of The Joint Counter Narcotics Task Force and The Southwest Border Task Force. Maj. Gen. McGuire also testified about potential opportunities to assist Border Patrol agents with aerial intelligence and surveillance support.
Click HERE to listen to a portion of Maj. Gen. McGuire’s testimony
To read Cronkite News’ coverage of the hearing, click HERE.
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