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Maryland Defense Force Establishes an Engineer Capability

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The Maryland Defense Forces MDDF motto of Officio Vocante Parati translates from the Latin to Ready When Called. To fulfill this motto in response to the War on Terrorism, the MDDF transitioned from an organization that supplied additional military manpower to the State of Maryland, to an organization that is laser beam-focused to excel as a force multiplier by providing professional services to complement and supplement the existing technical skills, knowledge, and experience of the other three pillars of the Maryland Military Department MD MilDep. These pillars consist of the Maryland Army National Guard MDARNG, Maryland Air National Guard MDANG, and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency MEMA. Before the establishment of an Engineer Corps in the MDDF, other professional directorates had been established, such as the Medical Regiment, Chaplain Corps, Judge Advocate General, and Finance Corps. The complete success of these directorates in supporting the MD MilDep led to a desire to expand additional technical support to be provided by the MDDF. To accomplish this, Brigadier General Frederic Smalkin, MDDF Commanding General, chartered and established the MDDF Engineer Corps in March of 2006. The engineer corps was established with the general belief that there was a need for a facility engineering capability, but without specific guidance as to its mission. Mission development to support the National Guard NG and MEMA was researched and redefined through a process of interviewing the leadership of the other three pillars of the MD MilDep. This process identified four significant areas of responsibility for the newly formed MDDF Engineer Corps 1 Installation Status 2 Damage Assessment 3 Critical Infrastructure Risk Assessment and 4 Internal Engineering Capability. The first area is to support the NG, the next two areas are to support the NGs homeland security mission, and the final area is to support the MDDF itself.

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  • Civil Engineering
  • Structural Engineering and Building Technology
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Civil Defense

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