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[Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, commander, U.S. Northern Command:] That force is actually assigned to us for this particular mission set. This is actually an opportunity to highlight the great work we do with the Department of Homeland Security, realizing that—to your point—that this force is really for a different purpose. And they allowed us to keep that force at home, at Fort Polk, in order to maximize the readiness for that force. They were able to train together, they were able to stay at home with their families, until they were actually needed for, in this case, what they were seeing was an increased demand signal as a result of the 9th Circuit court decision.

And so, in some ways, that was a positive, because they have since October, they've been on this mission set but they haven't had to deploy to actually go do the mission on the border. Our commitment to DHS was that, if they asked for it, though, we would make it available to them. So we did in the timelines that they were so inclined to do so.

But this is a military police force. This also includes helicopters and a general-purpose force. So we have tried to walk that balance of maintaining their readiness while still contributing to our lead federal agency for securing the border, the Department of Homeland Security.
National Security Challenges and U.S. Military Activity in North and South America (Washington: U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Armed Services, March 11, 2020) <>.