Arkansas National Guard


Arkansas National Guard

     The Arkansas National Guard Counterdrug Program (AR-CD) conducts a full spectrum campaign that bridges the gap between the Department of Defense (DoD) and Non-DoD institutions in the fight against illicit drugs and transnational threats to the Homeland. 

     The Counterdrug Program supports military, law enforcement agencies, and community based counterdrug operations at all levels of government to anticipate, prevent, deter, and defeat these threats in order to enhance national security and protect our society. 

     The AR-CD consists of Army and Air National Guard members on full time active duty status in accordance with Title 32, Section 502 (f), United States Code. 

     Counterdrug Soldiers and Airmen are from National Guard Units across the state and are trained in various military skills used to support Law Enforcement Agencies while performing their Counterdrug missions.

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Counterdrug Program Management

     Mission Category 1. Program Management. Mission 1. Counterdrug Coordination, Liaison, and Management. Plan and coordinate CD support, establish liaison with supported LEAs and other community organizations, resource and manage personnel and equipment requirements for CD support operations, and prepare operational/financial reports and briefings as required.

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Counterdrug Technical Support


 Mission 2a. Linguist Support (Translator Support). Provide transcription/translation of audio/video tapes, seized documents, and other information media. National Guard personnel will not participate in active/real-time Title III conversation monitoring or directly participate in interrogation activities. The National Guard will not maintain or store final products in National Guard facilities or databases.

     Mission 2b. Investigative Case and Analyst Support. Focus on four core competencies: Link Analysis, document exploitation, commodity-financial analysis, and case construction. Other duties include: approved Criminal Analyst duties in support of drug law enforcement or counter-terrorism agencies includes the creation of graphs, charts, maps, and toll analysis of suspected individuals or organizations; assistance in the design, development, and daily maintenance of operational intelligence databases; compilation, review, and input of raw data; preparation of reports necessary for successful investigational and prosecutorial purposes; performance of necessary case research; mastery and daily utilization of analyst specific software and hardware systems; appropriate or coordinated dissemination of criminal information; and conducting strategic and tactical analysis of case information. Additional analyst duties may include, but are not limited to the establishment and conduct of liaison tasks with other analysts or relevant agencies; preparation of statistical information; development and presentation of oral and written briefings; as well as any other analytical duties deemed necessary by the supported agency.

     Mission 2c. Operational/Investigative Case Support. Provide assistance to LEAs in developing investigations and cases for prosecution. Activities include, but are not limited to, inputting, reviewing, and analyzing collected LEA information, and providing legal, paralegal, and auditing assistance. Operational support to LEAs is designed to enhance the effectiveness of the supported agency and release law enforcement officers for drug enforcement duties. This category of support excludes such tasks as secretarial, janitorial, or receptionist duties.

     Mission 2d. Communications Support. Provide personnel to establish, operate, and maintain communications stations, bases, and equipment in support of LEA CD operations and assist with CBO communications/technical issues.

     Mission 2e. Engineer Support. Provide engineer support to LEAs and community organizations where the project has a counterdrug nexus. This will exclude operations concerning drug laboratories or hazardous materials. Local LEAs and governments must secure the area before arrival of National Guard personnel, take possession of any evidence or materials to be confiscated/destroyed and obtain clearances, court orders, warrants and/or permits for destruction, removal or disposal of materials or other environmental hazards/concerns.

     Mission 2f. Subsurface/Diver Support. Conduct subsurface inspections of commercial vessel hulls within U.S. territorial waters or U.S. maritime ports of entry (POE) through the use of sidescan sonar buoys or divers to detect alien devices or containers attached to the vessel hulls, or other underwater activities. Before the use of military qualified National Guard Diver personnel for hull inspection activities, the vessels must be secured by the responsible law enforcement officials. Divers may visually inspect and report to LEAs any unusual physical hull configurations but may not attempt entry, search, removal or alteration of features detected. Divers participating in these operations must be on dive status in approved dive positions. National Guard personnel will not dive in a permissive dive status conducting mission 2f. Permissive diving is strictly a training tool, not an operational status.

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Counterdrug General Support

Mission 3a. Domestic Cannabis Suppression Operations Support. Support of LEA domestic cannabis suppression and eradication operations. This includes, but is not limited to, aerial support, logistic support, communications support, intelligence, planning support, operational staff coordination, medical support, physical security, ground transportation, eradication and destruction of contraband, and spraying of herbicides, IAW Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations and state laws.

     Mission 3b. Transportation Support. Provide transportation and controlled deliveries (aerial, ground, or maritime) of LEA personnel/equipment, persons in LEA custody, seized property or contraband as part of ongoing time-sensitive CD operations, when security or other special circumstances reasonably necessitate National Guard support and there is a counterdrug nexus. Routine administrative aerial transportation is not permitted under this mission nor are missions that compete with private enterprise. LEA officers are responsible for the security of any evidence or persons in their custody. Provide ground transportation of youth, adults, and associated equipment and supplies for community/state demand reduction program activities.

     Mission 3c. Maintenance/Logistical Support. Provide maintenance/logistical support of LEA vehicles and equipment to enhance the CD effectiveness of the supported agency and release Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs) for drug enforcement duties. General maintenance/logistics support for non-CD vehicles and equipment is prohibited.

     Mission 3d. Cargo/Mail Inspection. Assist LEAs by inspecting cargo and mail. Primary emphasis will be placed on ports of entry (POEs) and functional equivalents. Cargo/Mail includes, but is not limited, to vehicles, containers, commercial cargo, aircraft, watercraft, baggage, and mail. National Guard personnel will not make arrests, conduct searches of individuals, seize property, or enter into the chain of evidence. LEOs must be present at inspection sites, make seizures, maintain custody of evidence, and maintain control of vehicle occupants.

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Counterdrug Training Training LEA/Military Personnel


Mission 4. Counterdrug-related Training and Training LEA/Military Personnel. Train military, LEAs, CBOs, educational and government institutions in subjects and skills useful in the conduct of CD operations or in the operation of military equipment used in CD operations. LEAs, CBOs, educational and government participants are responsible for associated travel and per diem expenses if not provided.

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Counterdrug 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

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Civil Operations Support

 Mission 6a. DDR Education and Programs: This mission implements standardized, measurable and evidenced based educational programs. DDR education and programs will use standard methods to measure the desired outcomes and ensure mission fidelity. The role of DDR personnel in this mission is to increase awareness, provide guidance, and facilitate collaboration to motivate our nation’s youth to be drug-free. These DDR programs will include:

  • Programs designed to increase awareness and motivation towards positive changes in knowledge, attitude and intent. These desired outcomes must be measured to determine mission effectiveness.
  • Programs designed to provide guidance and facilitate constructive changes in DDR prevention policy, procedures and practices.
  • Aerial visual techniques, including infrared/thermal imagery, and photographic reconnaissance.
  • Photo reconnaissance/film processing.

     Mission 6b. DDR Support: The National Guard DDR mission also supports efforts led by community based organizations that are designed to provide rewards and incentives, alternative activities (countering) and environmental strategies to help our nation’s youth make the commitment to be drug-free. These comprehensive support strategies include, but not limited to:

  • Facilitating collaboration and increasing the capacity, sustainability, and synergy of coalitions and partnerships.
  • Supporting reward and reinforcement events/activities that focus on the implementation of effective incentives, use of motivational methods, and measurement of positive changes toward drug-free behavior.
  • Supporting drug prevention activities that focus on the implementation of alternative activities proven to provide positive modeling and motivation which create the opportunity for drug-free experiences leading to a drug free life.
  • Supporting community-led efforts to develop environmental strategies that assist in changing written and unwritten community standards, codes, and attitudes, thereby reducing the demand, incidence and prevalence of illegal drug use and the illegal use of prescribed drugs in the general population.

Counterdrug Useful Links/Resources

NGR 500-2

ANGI 10-801

NGB Counterdrug

Contact the Arkansas National Guard Counterdrug Mission


Counterdrug Coordinator

Executive Officer


Operations NCO

Civil Operations

Joint Substance Abuse Coordinator (ARMY)

Joint Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator (PC)