"With Soldiers and equipment in more than 1,100 communities across the nation, America's Army Reserve is uniquely postured to employ capabilities critical to Homeland Defense and DSCA."

- Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey
Chief of Army Reserve and Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command

Col. Manuel Ocasio, 1st Mission Support Command, U.S. Army Reserve-Puerto Rico deputy commander (left) shakes hands with U.S. Rep. Alexander Green, member of the House Homeland Security Committee, (right), shortly after the Army Reserve-PR presentation, March 2, at Fort Buchanan.
Col Manuel Ocasio, 1st Mission Support Command, U.S. Army Reserve-Puerto Rico Deputy Commander, met here with members of a House Homeland Security Committee, Mar 2, who traveled to Puerto Rico to conduct oversight on Federal Emergency Management Agency and United States Army Corps of Engineers storm recovery.
Army Reserve Soldiers with Task Force 76, CBRN Response Element (CRE), attempt to breach a vehicle to rescue notional victims during a joint training exercise Jan. 25, 2019, in Homestead, Florida. The CRE is a multicomponent Department of Defense entity that responds in the event of a catastrophic CBRN accident/incident, to conduct direct life-saving and critical life-saving enabling tasks for CBRN response operations in support of civil authorities in the United States and U.S. Territories in order to save lives, minimize human suffering, maintain public confidence, and mitigate the effects of CBRN incidents.
Firefighters from Miami-Dade Fire and Rescue Department wait for training with the United States Army Reserve to officially begin, Jan. 24, 2019, in Homestead, Florida. Army Reserve Soldiers with Task Force 76, CBRN Response Element (CRE) conducted joint training with the department. CRE is a multicomponent Department of Defense entity that responds in the event of a catastrophic CBRN accident/incident, to conduct direct life-saving and critical life-saving enabling tasks for CBRN response operations in support of civil authorities in the United States and U.S. Territories in order to save lives, minimize human suffering, maintain public confidence, and mitigate the effects of CBRN incidents.
An Army Reserve Soldier with Task Force 76, CBRN Response Element (CRE), takes a short break before getting back to work during a joint training exercise Jan. 25, 2019 in Homestead, Florida. The CRE is a multicomponent Department of Defense entity that responds in the event of a catastrophic CBRN accident/incident, to conduct direct life-saving and critical life-saving enabling tasks for CBRN response operations in support of civil authorities in the United States and U.S. Territories in order to save lives, minimize human suffering, maintain public confidence, and mitigate the effects of CBRN incidents.
Army Reserve Soldiers with Task Force 76, CBRN Response Element (CRE), discuss their options before entering a simulated collapsed bleacher during a joint training exercise Jan. 25, 2019 in Homestead, Florida. The CRE is a multicomponent Department of Defense entity that responds in the event of a catastrophic CBRN accident/incident, to conduct direct life-saving and critical life-saving enabling tasks for CBRN response operations in support of civil authorities in the United States and U.S. Territories in order to save lives, minimize human suffering, maintain public confidence, and mitigate the effects of CBRN incidents.
An Army Reserve Soldier with Task Force 76, CBRN Response Element (CRE), provides notional medical assistance to a role player during a joint training exercise Jan. 25, 2019 in Homestead, Florida. The CRE is a multicomponent Department of Defense entity that responds in the event of a catastrophic CBRN accident/incident, to conduct direct life-saving and critical life-saving enabling tasks for CBRN response operations in support of civil authorities in the United States and U.S. Territories in order to save lives, minimize human suffering, maintain public confidence, and mitigate the effects of CBRN incidents.
Army Reserve Soldiers with Task Force 76, CBRN Response Element (CRE), walk into a notionally contaminated area during a joint training exercise Jan. 25, 2019 in Homestead, Florida. The CRE is a multicomponent Department of Defense entity that responds in the event of a catastrophic CBRN accident/incident, to conduct direct life-saving and critical life-saving enabling tasks for CBRN response operations in support of civil authorities in the United States and U.S. Territories in order to save lives, minimize human suffering, maintain public confidence, and mitigate the effects of CBRN incidents.
A role player acts as an injured civilian during a training exercise, Jan. 25, 2019 in Homestead, Florida. Army Reserve Soldiers with Task Force 76, CBRN Response Element (CRE), tended to the role players during the training. The CRE is a multicomponent Department of Defense entity that responds in the event of a catastrophic CBRN accident/incident, to conduct direct life-saving and critical life-saving enabling tasks for CBRN response operations in support of civil authorities in the United States and U.S. Territories in order to save lives, minimize human suffering, maintain public confidence, and mitigate the effects of CBRN incidents.
An Army Reserve Soldier with Task Force 76, CBRN Response Element (CRE), uses scissors to cut through a role player's jacket during a joint training exercise Jan. 25, 2019 in Homestead, Florida. The CRE is a multicomponent Department of Defense entity that responds in the event of a catastrophic CBRN accident/incident, to conduct direct life-saving and critical life-saving enabling tasks for CBRN response operations in support of civil authorities in the United States and U.S. Territories in order to save lives, minimize human suffering, maintain public confidence, and mitigate the effects of CBRN incidents.
Army Reserve Soldiers with Task Force 76, CBRN Response Element (CRE), speak with a civilian decon trainer from the Miami-Dade Fire and Rescue Department during a joint training exercise Jan. 25, 2019 in Homestead, Florida. The CRE is a multicomponent Department of Defense entity that responds in the event of a catastrophic CBRN accident/incident, to conduct direct life-saving and critical life-saving enabling tasks for CBRN response operations in support of civil authorities in the United States and U.S. Territories in order to save lives, minimize human suffering, maintain public confidence, and mitigate the effects of CBRN incidents.
SAIPAN, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Oct. 28, 2018) — Guam-based U.S. Army Reserve soldiers from Echo Company 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Division, volunteer to distribute relief supplies to island residents affected by Super Typhoon Yutu in Saipan Oct. 28. Service members from Joint Region Marianas and Indo-Pacific Command are providing Department of Defense support to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ civil and local officials as part of the FEMA-supported Super Typhoon Yutu recovery effort. (Courtesy photo)
SAIPAN, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Oct. 28, 2018) — Guam-based U.S. Army Reserve soldiers from Echo Company 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Division, volunteer to distribute relief supplies to island residents affected by Super Typhoon Yutu in Saipan Oct. 28. Service members from Joint Region Marianas and Indo-Pacific Command are providing Department of Defense support to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ civil and local officials as part of the FEMA-supported Super Typhoon Yutu recovery effort. (Courtesy photo)
SAIPAN, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Oct. 28, 2018) — Guam-based U.S. Army Reserve soldiers from Echo Company 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Division, volunteer to distribute relief supplies to island residents affected by Super Typhoon Yutu in Saipan Oct. 28. Service members from Joint Region Marianas and Indo-Pacific Command are providing Department of Defense support to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ civil and local officials as part of the FEMA-supported Super Typhoon Yutu recovery effort. (Courtesy photo)
SAIPAN, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Oct. 28, 2018) — Guam-based U.S. Army Reserve soldiers from Echo Company 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Division, volunteer to distribute relief supplies to island residents affected by Super Typhoon Yutu in Saipan Oct. 28. Service members from Joint Region Marianas and Indo-Pacific Command are providing Department of Defense support to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ civil and local officials as part of the FEMA-supported Super Typhoon Yutu recovery effort. (Courtesy photo)
SAIPAN, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Oct. 28, 2018) — Guam-based U.S. Army Reserve soldiers from Echo Company 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Division, volunteer to distribute relief supplies to island residents affected by Super Typhoon Yutu in Saipan Oct. 28. Service members from Joint Region Marianas and Indo-Pacific Command are providing Department of Defense support to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ civil and local officials as part of the FEMA-supported Super Typhoon Yutu recovery effort. (Courtesy photo)
SAIPAN, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Oct. 28, 2018) — Guam-based U.S. Army Reserve soldiers from Echo Company 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Division, volunteer to distribute relief supplies to island residents affected by Super Typhoon Yutu in Saipan Oct. 28. Service members from Joint Region Marianas and Indo-Pacific Command are providing Department of Defense support to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ civil and local officials as part of the FEMA-supported Super Typhoon Yutu recovery effort. (Courtesy photo)
SAIPAN, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Oct. 28, 2018) — Guam-based U.S. Army Reserve soldiers from Echo Company 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Division, volunteer to distribute relief supplies to island residents affected by Super Typhoon Yutu in Saipan Oct. 28. Service members from Joint Region Marianas and Indo-Pacific Command are providing Department of Defense support to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ civil and local officials as part of the FEMA-supported Super Typhoon Yutu recovery effort. (Courtesy photo)
SAIPAN, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Oct. 28, 2018) — Guam-based U.S. Army Reserve soldiers from Echo Company 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Division, volunteer to distribute relief supplies to island residents affected by Super Typhoon Yutu in Saipan Oct. 28. Service members from Joint Region Marianas and Indo-Pacific Command are providing Department of Defense support to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ civil and local officials as part of the FEMA-supported Super Typhoon Yutu recovery effort. (Courtesy photo)
SAIPAN, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Oct. 28, 2018) — Guam-based U.S. Army Reserve soldiers from Echo Company 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Division, volunteer to distribute relief supplies to island residents affected by Super Typhoon Yutu in Saipan Oct. 28. Service members from Joint Region Marianas and Indo-Pacific Command are providing Department of Defense support to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands’ civil and local officials as part of the FEMA-supported Super Typhoon Yutu recovery effort. (Courtesy photo)
IMMEDIATE RESPONSE AUTHORITY

Immediate Response is conducted by Army Reserve units and Soldiers under the Immediate Response Authority (IRA) outlined in DoD Directive 3025.18, which authorizes local commanders to take action to save lives, prevent human suffering or mitigate great property damage in a situation of urgency when there is insufficient time to get approval from higher headquarters.

As listed in DoD Directive 3025.18, a request for assistance from a civil authority (tribal authority, mayor, chief of police, fire chief, sheriff, chief of emergency management, etc.) is required to initiate the Immediate Response Authority. Following the request, Army Reserve units within the affected area may respond immediately under imminently serious conditions to disasters and attacks as required by civil authorities and within limits established by law. 

Immediate Response Authority was recently used in the aftermath of historic rainfall and flooding in West Virginia. Forty-four counties were under a declared state of emergency when the commander of the 811th Ordnance Company, 321st Ordnance Battalion, 38th Regional Support Group, received a call from the mayor of Rainelle, asking for immediate assistance in evacuating individuals whose lives were in imminent danger.


Approximately 15 Soldiers from the 811th responded to the call, joining forces with state and local authorities to conduct disaster recovery operations, including conducting sweeps of previously inaccessible areas, moving supplies (water, food, cleaning supplies) and transporting civilians and staff.

Several worked with the Rainelle Fire Department to respond to 911 distress calls, going from home to home in more than three feet of fast water, to evacuate residents. One Soldier moved more than 100 people to safety, according to his chain of command.
AGILE & CAPABLE