Accession Number : ADA308532

Title :   U.S. Forward Presence: Army National Guard Engineer Training in Central America.

Descriptive Note : Research paper,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Wetherill, Nancy J.

PDF Url : ADA308532

Report Date : 15 APR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 28

Abstract : The Army National Guard has conducted training exercises in Central America since the early 197Os. The operations consist primarily of engineer-oriented projects and medical readiness training exercises that treat host country nationals. Engineer projects include: road-building, renovation of schools and medical clinics, and well-drilling. This research paper examines Army National Guard engineer activities in Central America, pointing out the importance of National Guard overseas deployment training as operations consistent with U.S. national strategy. It examines the history of Guard deployments to Central America that have led to present exercises. It discusses training challenges the Guard has faced and continues to face as it proves its relevance in the Total Army scheme. Since the National Guard is controlled by the governors of each state and territory in peacetime, Guard leaders have interesting opportunities to work with state officials in deciding where the Guard should train. Moreover, operating in a foreign country under austere conditions enhances the Guard's ability to adapt and to perform under difficult conditions. Equally important, it provides Guard soldiers the opportunity to be valuable contributors to U.S. National Security Strategy by promoting democracy abroad and sustaining U.S. security with military forces that are ready to fight.

Descriptors :   *ARMY PERSONNEL, *ARMY TRAINING, MILITARY OPERATIONS, CONTROL, NATIONAL GUARD, MILITARY STRATEGY, NATIONAL SECURITY, FOREIGN, PEACETIME, SCHOOLS, OPERATIONAL READINESS, CLINICAL MEDICINE, MEDICINE, ENGINEERS, MILITARY EXERCISES, DEMOCRACY, SPEED REGULATORS, CENTRAL AMERICA.

Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE