Federal Operations

Federal Operations

Federal Operations personnel, equipment, and resources provide unique capabilities and military skill sets to Combatant Commanders (COCOMs) and federal law enforcement agencies (LEAs) in support of counterdrug and counternarcoterrorism goals. The Federal Operations Program is comprised of federal and state personnel who perform as "force multipliers" in support of critical counterdrug and counternarcoterrorism missions conducted by U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM,) U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM,) U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Joint Interagency Task Force-South and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). 


HOST NATION RIDER (HNR) - The HNR Program provides National Guard members on U. S. counterdrug aircraft conducting counterdrug and/or counternarcoterroism and Air Bridge Denial operations over various South and Central American countries. Mandated by host nations, counterdrug flights are required to have a host nation rider (HNR) on board. The HNR monitors activity and coordinates with host nation law enforcement agencies and/or military organizations. In an effort to overcome the language barrier between flight crews and HNRs, a U.S. interpreter, a Host Nation Rider Escort (HNRE), is required on all counterdrug flights. The National Guard HNRE acts as an on board liaison/interpreter coordinating with Host Nation law enforcement personnel and providing training to the HNR personnel aboard the aircraft.

​MOBILE AIR SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM (MASS) - MASS personnel provide logistical, maintenance, and technical support for mobile TPS-70, TPS-75 and TPS-78 radar systems in the USSOUTHCOM area of responsibility, and they maintain three ground based radars and associated support equipment at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia. MASS also supports U.S. federal law enforcement agencies in the USNORTHCOM area of responsibility.

​RINGGOLD - The Ringgold program provides National Guard linguists and analytical support to the COCOM Theater Campaign Plan Intermediate Military Objectives, federal LEA operations, and interagency counternarcotic activities as required by the DOD counternarcotic mission. The program leverages the inherent linguistic analytical skills and counternarcotic expertise found within the National Guard against the increasingly complex and asymmetric nature of Transnational Criminal Organizations. The program provides a fully operational military intelligence force and deployable linguist and anlyst assets for the DOD with approximately 40 languages and dialects represented. The program is located in California, Texas, Utah, and Washington.

​TRANSCRIPTION/TRANSLATION SUPPORT SYSTEM (T2S2) -The T2S2 directly supports the efforts of the DEA by providing transcription and translation skills for their counternarcotics investigations. Linguists and analysts sort, decipher and process thousands of hours of recorded convesations from suspect individuals.

​JOINT INTERAGENCY TASK FORCE SOUTH (JIATF-S) - JIATF-S supports USSOUTHCOM air surveillance and interdiction efforts with detection and monitoring of counterdrug and/or counternarcoterrorism suspect air and marine tracks. These Guard members operate radar display consoles to detect, identify, intercept and track airborne smugglers. Guard members serve as Command Duty Officer, Tactical System Operators and trainers.