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30 December 2016

Arkansas National Guard

Camp Joseph T. Robinson, North Little Rock, AR.

Reconnaissance \ Observation

  1. Mission 5a- Ground Reconnaissance
    1. Reconnoiter or perform area observation by land or water to detect and report illegal drug activities that include, but are not limited to, cultivated marijuana, suspected isolated drug trafficking airstrips, drug drop zones, drug trafficking corridors, illegal drug laboratories, suspicious aircraft, watercraft, or motor vehicles.
    2. National Guard personnel will not maintain or store gathered information in National Guard facilities or databases. Information will be reported as designated by the supported LEA.
  2. Mission 5b- Aerial Reconnaissance.
    1. Conduct reconnaissance/observation of airspace, maritime or surface areas (land and internal waterways of the US and territories) for illegal drug activities which include, but are not limited to, cultivation of marijuana or delivery of illegal drugs.
    2. Reconnaissance may be directed toward suspected drug trafficking airstrips/drop zones/corridors or suspicious aircraft/watercraft/motor vehicles.
    3. A law enforcement officer (LEO) must be present or in direct contact for all aviation FLIR/IR sensor missions. LEOs are authorized to fly on aircraft during validated and approved missions provided the purpose is to facilitate counterdrug activities.
    4. Mission may require site security for aircraft and ground radar.
  3. Approved equipment and techniques include, but are not limited to:
    1. Radars
    2. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)
    3. Aerial visual techniques, including infrared/thermal imagery, and photographic reconnaissance.
    4. Photo reconnaissance/film processing.
  4. Approved categories of CD activities include, but are not limited to:
    1. Unattended Sensor Support
      1. Personnel will support LEAs in the emplacement, monitoring, and maintenance of unattended sensors in areas where suspected drug activity is occurring.
    2. Visual reconnaissance/observation by mobile patrol.
      1. Visual reconnaissance/observation by mobile patrols and Listening Posts/Observation Posts (LPs/OPs), using binoculars, cameras, night vision devices, and infrared/thermal imagery, including Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) or lowlight devices. A Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) must be present or in direct contact with the National Guard team.
    3. Ground Surveillance Radar (GSR
      1. Establish and operate ground radar sites using either Army or Air GSR systems. Mission includes site security and may require
      2. transportation support.
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