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Provide opportunities to cross-train staff and develop a skills bank; maintain multiple safe havens, safe areas, alternate command centers (ACCs) and other key locations off compound; and pre-position emergency supplies and equipment.
Today, Cheyenne Mountain hosts an alternate command center for NORAD and is landlord to more than a dozen DOD agencies, such as the Defense Intelligence Agency.
Thereafter, BG Strom remained in the Intelligence field with assignments as Officer-in-Charge of the Inchon Field Office, 502d MI Battalion, Korea; Aide-de-Camp to the CG, Intelligence School, Fort Holabird; and Intelligence Officer to the Army's Alternate Command Post, Operations Group, Army War College at Carlisle Barracks.
In addition, the unit serves as an alternate command and control organization for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Defense Meteorological Satellite Program.
[The ASB's mission is to support both the 4th BCT and 1-4 Cavalry.] The other half of the ASB's Support Operations Section, which was called "Team Saber," was led by the battalion support operations officer and operated from the battalion's tactical alternate command post located in the cavalry squadron support area to provide command and control of Saber FLE.
When the USNS Comfort pulled into the Manhattan pier during the 9-11 crisis, then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani designated the ship as one of the city's alternate command sites.
One resident trainer battalion commander was selected for a CSL battalion command, and another made the alternate command list.
Following this, the author explains all of the aspects of conducting a safe, effective, rapid evacuation, from fairly obvious requirements--choosing a route for evacuees to depart and accounting for all personnel--to not so obvious details, such as the need to avoid parking lots and the establishment of alternate command posts, and stresses the need for practicing bomb threat evacuation drills.
Assets will probably include a command center and launch complex of 100 missiles near Delta Junction, radars on Shemya and near Anderson, and an alternate command center near Anchorage.
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