Joint Task Force Homeland Defense (JTF-HD) Hosts Civil Affairs Information Support Element (CAISE)
By JTF-HD Public Affairs
FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii – Civil Affairs Information Support Element (CAISE) personnel describe their capabilities to Army Col. Curtis King, Defense Coordinating Officer (DCO) during their deployment to Hawaii. CAISE forces deployed from numerous locations to help Joint Task Force Homeland Defense (JTF-HD) and the DCO plan and disseminate public information in support of the State Civil Defense during its annual hurricane preparedness exercise Makani Pahili. Efforts such as these help ensure the public during a humanitarian crises.
|Civil Affairs Information Support Element (CAISE) personnel describe their capabilities to Army Col. Curtis King, Defense Coordinating Officer (DCO) during their deployment to Hawaii. (Official Department of Defense photos by Darrell D. Ames)|
The CAISE team is ideally trained, organized and equipped to conduct such public information missions during natural or man-made contingencies. CAISE capabilities include information dissemination, support of civil authorities, support to populace / resource control, emergency services, military civic action, area assessments, evacuation operations, and general assistance.
Headquartered at Fort Shafer, Hawaii, JTF-HD's mission is to execute domestic Land Domain operations, in close coordination, with civil authorities, to defeat terrorist threats to the U.S. Homeland (defined as the U.S. States and Territories, Possessions, Commonwealths; and Compact Nations in the Pacific), and when requested/validated, to conduct civil support [Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) or Foreign Humanitarian Assistance (FHA)] operations for all hazards including responding to, and recovering from, natural or man-made disasters across the Pacific.