JTFCS welcomes new commander

By JTFCS Public Affairs | July 25, 2007

FORT MONROE, Va.-- Major General Daniel E. Long Jr. became the fourth commander of Joint Task Force Civil Support when he took the command colors from Gen. Gene Renuart, Commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command Commander, in a ceremony here July 18. 

Long comes to JTF-CS following a tour of duty as the Principal Assistant to the Chief, National Guard Bureau for southwest Border Mission, Washington D.C.  There he provided guidance for the National Guard to support and assist the Department of Homeland Security/Customs and Border Protection with the border security effort to enable DHS to build security capability and gain greater control of the southwest border.

In his first words as commander, Long said, “the standards are high and it’s extremely difficult for me to find things that I can fix.”

The general also discussed the “difficult job” that has been left to him.

“I have spent a lot of time with the task force,” said Long.  “They are well trained, highly motivated, great Americans dedicated to the job and I’m proud to be part of the team and come here and share with them.”

JTF-CS is Long's 24th assignment in his 40-year Army career.  He graduated from Liberty University, Officer Candidate School, is a qualified Infantry and Engineer officer and wears the Expert Infantryman’s Badge.

Long assumed command from Maj. Gen. Bruce Davis, who was the unit commander from November 2004 until his retirement today after 31 years of service.

JTF-CS is assigned to U.S. Northern Command.  JTF-CS plans and integrates Department of Defense support to the designated primary federal agency for domestic Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High-Yield Explosive (CBRNE) consequence management operations.  When directed by the commander of USNORTHCOM, JTF-CS deploys and executes timely and effective command and control of designated DOD forces providing support of civil authorities in order to save lives, prevent injury, and provide temporary critical life support. 

JTF-CS is the Nation’s only standing Joint Operational Headquarters dedicated exclusively to planning and integrating DOD forces in response to domestic CBRNE incidents.