FLAG VOICE 339
The Department of Homeland Security is championing component
support of the DHS Surge Capacity Force (SCF). A provision in the 2006
Post-Katrina Congressional Act (Public Law 109-295 Section 624) authorized
DHS to create a surge capacity force of federal employees to augment a
catastrophic disaster response when the scope of the incident exceeds the
response capacity of FEMA’s existing disaster workforce. Volunteering for
the DHS SCF is an opportunity for Coast Guard civilian employees to assist
our fellow citizens during intense disasters or emergencies and demonstrate
our commitment to “One DHS” in protecting the American Homeland and the
American people. This effort is in keeping with the Coast Guard’s call of “Semper
The Coast Guard workforce consistently proves that they can be counted on when the nation is in need. The volunteers of the SCF will stand in the Coast Guard tradition of being “Always Ready” to respond regardless of the hazard, risk or disaster. Together with the other DHS components we have an important role to play. As a team we will leverage our capabilities in the event of a catastrophic disaster.
ALCOAST 466/11 recently announced the Coast Guard’s solicitation for Civilian employees to volunteer for the SCF Program. An individual e-mail will be sent to all civilian employees inviting employees to join the SCF along with instructions on how to apply. All applicants will need to obtain supervisory approval.
I request your support in strongly encouraging a robust response for civilian employee volunteers and to encourage approval for participation from their supervisors whenever possible in light of our many mission demands.
Ronald T. Hewitt
RONALD T. HEWITT
Rear Admiral, U. S. Coast Guard
Assistant Commandant for Human Resources
Issue date: 10/5/11