Joint Force Headquarters-Pennsylvania
Joint Force Headquarters – Pennsylvania (JFHQ-PA) is the headquarters for both the Army and the Air National Guards of Pennsylvania, providing oversight to all the Soldiers and Airmen in the state. JFHQ-PA’s mission is to maintain trained and equipped forces ready to perform missions as directed by state or federal authorities. The headquarters JFHQ-PA supports Homeland Defense, Defense Support to Civil Authorities and other domestic emergency missions. In addition, the JFHQ-PA provides expertise and situational awareness to Department of Defense authorities to facilitate integration of federal and state activities.
Counterdrug Joint Task Force
The mission of the Pennsylvania Counterdrug Joint Task Force (CJTF) directly supports the commonwealth’s mission to improve the safety and welfare of citizens of Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania CJTF leverages unique National Guard capabilities to support community efforts against illicit drugs and emerging threats. Its missions include:
Operational Support to Law Enforcement
Assist in the disruption of illicit drug financing, production, transportation and distribution. Guardsmen provide personnel and services that include criminal analysis, technical support, engineer support, prescription take back, ground reconnaissance and aerial observation.
Guardsmen teach, coach and mentor civilian community anti-drug coalitions to deliver collaborative and effective strategies that promote drug-free communities and create healthy citizens.
Northeast Counterdrug Training Center
Please see the section on Tenant Training Units for more information.
3rd Civil Support Team
Pennsylvania’s 3rd Civil Support Team (CST) is a 22-person, full-time force that provides state and regional chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) response capability in the form of recognition, analysis, prediction and active monitoring. The Chemical, Biological, Nuclear, Radiological and High Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) is a 186-person force with five full-time personnel and the remainder traditional National Guard Soldiers and Airmen. The CERFP provides search and extraction, decontamination, medical triage and limited care capabilities in response to a CBRN event both in-state and regionally.