U.S. Army North Rapid Response Force Trains to Counter Rioting Hurricane Victims

The following photos depict members of the 3rd Battalion, 321st Field Artillery Regiment (3-321 FAR) training earlier this month in preparation for their deployment as a “quick reaction and rapid response force for U.S. Army North Command in support of emergencies in the United States.”  An article from the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade describes the exercise:

3-321 FAR trains to support US Army North

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — 82nd Airborne Division Soldiers trained to respond to a Category 5 hurricane in and around Simmons Army Airfield, Dec. 10 to 12.

The culminating training event was an opportunity for Troopers of 3rd Battalion, 321st Field Artillery Regiment, XVIII Fires Brigade, to prepare for their upcoming assignment as a quick reaction and rapid response force for U.S. Army North Command in support of emergencies in the United States.

“If the tasks over-exceed the capabilities of the civilian and local governments, U.S. Army North has the capability of deploying units to the continental United States to assist with everything from security operations and critical infrastructure to humanitarian assistance,” said Maj. Roy Beeson, the operations officer for 3-321 FAR.

The Thunderbolt battalion’s training centered on preparing to deploy by both ground and air, securing an airfield, establishing local security, responding to civil disturbances, reacting to a biochemical threat and conducting operational decontamination.

“Batteries A and B simulated a ground deployment, securing the aerial port of debarkation where humanitarian support supplies will fly into and establishing a humanitarian assistance site,” said 3-321 FAR Commander Lt. Col. Joe Bookard. “Battery C trained to deploy via air, conducting an initial joint technical inspection of vehicles and equipment to prepare them for the aircraft.”

After securing and establishing a humanitarian assistance site, the Bulldog Troopers of Battery B prepared to distribute food to a crowd of simulated U.S. hurricane victims. Sgt. Wesley Powell, an artillery section chief, helped search citizens for weapons using a metal detector before they entered the site to receive aid.

“I needed to ensure their safety and my own,” said the Cisco, Texas, native. “I want the civilians to have confidence in us and what we are trying to do for them. I was trying to talk to them and reassure them while I searched them, but I needed to make sure they didn’t have any weapons or things that could be used to harm other civilians or my unit.”

While distributing the food, some of the citizens became upset as they waited, and began to harass the unit and other hurricane victims, inciting a riot-like situation.

“This is a different mission set than what we’re used to – we’re artillery, so we’re ready to shoot rounds downrange. Now, we are training to provide assistance and security for U.S. citizens. We’re identifying how to deal with riot control and other disturbances,” said Capt. David Perez, Battery B commander.

“The ultimate goal is to ensure the safety of the local population and that humanitarian aid is being distributed in an orderly fashion.”

Denmark, S.C., native, Lt. Col. Joe Bookard, commander, 3rd Battalion, 321st Field Artillery Regiment, XVIII Fires Brigade, speaks to Troopers of Battery B, 3-321FAR, about their training after they responded to riot caused by unhappy simulated hurricane victims at a humanitarian assistance site outside Simmons Army Airfield, Dec. 11. Bookard and his Soldiers conducted a culminating training event to prepare the unit for its upcoming assignment as a quick reaction and rapid response force for the U.S. Army North Command in support of emergencies in the United States. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. April Campbell, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs)

During training, Troopers with Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 321st Field Artillery Regiment, XVIII Fires Brigade, prepare to respond to an escalating civil-disturbance situation caused by unhappy simulated hurricane victims at a humanitarian assistance site outside Simmons Army Airfield, Dec. 11. Riot-control was incorporated into the culminating training event for 3-321 FAR to prepare the unit for its upcoming assignment as a quick reaction and rapid response force for the U.S. Army North Command in support of emergencies in the United States. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. April Campbell, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs)

Closeup of previous photo.

During training, Troopers with Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 321st Field Artillery Regiment, XVIII Fires Brigade, respond to riot caused by unhappy simulated hurricane victims at a humanitarian assistance site outside Simmons Army Airfield, Dec. 11. Riot-control was incorporated into the culminating training event for 3-321 FAR to prepare the unit for its upcoming assignment as a quick reaction and rapid response force for the U.S. Army North Command in support of emergencies in the United States. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. April Campbell, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs)

Sgt. Wesley Powell, of Cisco, Texas, uses a metal detector to search simulated hurricane victims at a humanitarian assistance site outside Simmons Army Airfield, Dec. 11. Powell and other Troopers with Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 321st Field Artillery Regiment, XVIII Fires Brigade, later reacted to a riot caused by some of the simulated hurricane victims. The culminating training event was an opportunity for Troopers with 3-321 FAR to prepare for their upcoming assignment as a quick reaction and rapid response force for the U.S. Army North Command in support of emergencies in the United States. (Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. April Campbell, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs)

27 comments for “U.S. Army North Rapid Response Force Trains to Counter Rioting Hurricane Victims

  1. s:ODs
    December 22, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Did I misunderstand that the US armed forces have no charter to operate within CONUS?

    • December 29, 2012 at 10:06 am

      Anymore, these United States make me sick.

  2. December 23, 2012 at 1:48 am

    You mean in the Former United States of America? It was. But this is the New Normal and we are but peasant-serfs whose lot is to toil and labor for Our Royal Masters.

    And we are to smile as though we enjoy it.

    Forward, comrades!

    • Melissa
      January 30, 2013 at 5:39 pm

      Apparently they need that training from some of YOU idiots!!! Do none of you remember the probelms in Katrina? There was looting and rioting. There were people shooting at the helicopters that were coming in to bring supplies and try to help people. For months after the event there were rogue “gangs” running portions of the city. Is that really what you want to happen instead of the families that have already suffered loss, being able to receive the supplies and support that should be reaching them, a few outlaw idiots with guns, using their mob mentality, will shooting everyone and taking what they can. Sure, why would you want anyone to protect a family from that?

  3. December 23, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Wow. The Proud. My goawd what is wrong with these people anyway? Their idea of hurricane response is to fight off rioters? Most people’s most normal response is to band together to help each other, not riot. Fools. Army Fools. Maybe they look at outtakes from the SyFy channel, you know, outtakes that were more ridiculous than “Shartopus” or “Arachonphobia” etcetera. They seem to be proud of their pin-headed concept since the photos are by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. April Campbell, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs. Really! They can’t learn box lifting, floor swabbing, meal serving, victim searches, water supply, providing sanitation facilities and so forth? And that pathetic shot of the guys sitting on the ground with G.I. Joe officer spouting at them. Those “warrior” haircuts just make them look pathetic, like someone cut off their you-know-whats. That they had to re-imagine actual relief work as some sort of low-level combat just says reams about the army and the military “mind” in general. No wonder the military is so incompetent.

  4. December 24, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    No more POsse Comitatus…”From and after the passage of this act it shall not be lawful to employ any part of the Army of the United States, as a posse comitatus” http://www.dojgov.net/posse_comitatus_act.htm

    This is why the Department of Homeland Silliness (DHS) is training to fight zombies….our tax $ @ work….

    • December 27, 2012 at 9:41 pm

      MARTIN,its sadder then you and most americans think,these military kids are being trained to kill there own family,they will gadly shoot their own parents in the head and kill their neighbors children,YOU have three generations of kids who don’t know anything about doing anything,THEY WILL KILL ANYONE THEIR TOLD TO and not feel bad about it,as a matter of fact,they will believe their neighbors deserved IT…………..

  5. Martin Swan
    December 26, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    I have no comment other than my country makes me feel sick to my stomach and want to cry for freedom.

  6. madmarc
    December 26, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Most of you were asleep when the Posse Comitatus act, which specifically forbade the use of troops against US citizens, was repealed in 2006 by Bush and his cronies. In spite of the bullshit in wikipedia, it was repealed, and along with FEMA prisons, God help any Americans who try to rise in insurrection.

  7. Chris Storms
    December 26, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Mike Strong you sound like a real little wuss who lives with his mommy and has never lifted a finger to defend or support his country. Let’s see how big your mouth is when you pull thru the gate of Fort Bragg at try to talk crap to 50,000 Airborne and Special Forces soldiers. We’ll see just who is incompetent! Hell we’ll even treat your trauma at our Womak Army Hospital just to show you how much we still care even when punks like you talk trash about us.

    • Frank
      December 28, 2012 at 2:38 am

      Chris, you’re a servile punk with a little dik who is too stupid to understand when he is being used. Now go back to your DHS supervisor and tell him to suck my dik.

    • December 28, 2012 at 7:07 pm

      Chris,

      ‘This is from a former U.S. Army “punk” officer. Your response to the young man was undignified, and rude. Posting comments such as this merely causes regular citizens with no military experience to think that the armed forces of the U.S. are incapable of independent thought, and are ready, at any moment, to fire on the citizens of the U.S.

      Please think, before you post or speak.

    • David
      January 17, 2013 at 12:36 am

      Chris -

      I spent 5 years with the 5th back during Nam. I went through assessment and training on the grounds of “Iron Mike” and served 3 1/2 tours in Nam. If you are representative of the modern soldier serving at Bragg in my Army today, I truly feel sorry for our country. It’s bad enough that the political sycophants at the command level of today’s military would even consider following orders to use US Troops against American Citizens — even under the guise of “assisting ” (in reality, controlling) — but if they consist of people with attitudes like yours toward civilians, I can see nothing but disaster on the horizon.

  8. Winston
    December 27, 2012 at 3:51 am

    Has anyone one seen the National Guard lately? They’re already trained and chartered to help out in domestic situations. Ask any latin american country what happens if you let your military operate on you!

  9. John
    December 27, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    They use their weather weapons to create the crisis, then send in the troops to mop up the useless eaters/gullible public.

    Just like the economic collapse of 2008. Politicians went along with 20 years of deregulation greenspan for their favorite corporations, wall street & the banksters which caused the crisis, and now everyone is waiting for them to come up with the solution to the crisis that they created.

    Everyone that has gone alone with them has sold their soul, including the military & the church. Its all based on lies.

    Just about everyone is in disobedience to His 2nd commandment to love your neighbors as yourself, which includes your enemies. The church has betrayed Yahshua thru disobedience, just like the old testament jews. Everyone joined the 100 year war of terror against fake enemies that our own government trained & armed.

    which they are using to invade all the countries & put them back under the petro dollar to steal their natural resources, nothing to do with democracy.

  10. Bonnie
    December 27, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    So! Our own kids are being trained to war against their own!

    The very people we gave birth to, and raised, now taken by the Ruling Class, to fight their own Social class.

    What fun!

    Just like in the Middle Ages, Neo-feudalism come back again- “peasant” against “peasant! ” What irony!

  11. Hubert Folkins
    December 27, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    And so “it” begins.

  12. hu
    December 28, 2012 at 12:49 am

    who says we don’t get anything for our taxes?

  13. Frank
    December 28, 2012 at 2:36 am

    In a war of attrition, the Tiger crushes many ants, but gets eaten alive.

  14. Eileen Kuch
    December 31, 2012 at 6:12 am

    You all forget; there are over 200 MILLION armed citizens nationwide, and plenty of ex-Military and police forces among these 200 million.

    An awful lot of our soldiers will hesitate to fire on their own relatives, neighbors, and other countrymen when the die is cast. It’s not Asians or Arabs these guys will be facing in this scenario; it will be their fellow Americans; and that hasn’t happened since the 1860′s, where some 600,000 died. It’s not easy facing one’s neighbors or friends with assault rifle in their hands, wondering if they’ll receive orders to shoot them.

  15. victoria a. santos
    January 13, 2013 at 2:59 am

    Is it true my Goodness………………. i want to cry out for these……………..

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