Article Out Loud - The DoD Defense Coordinating Element and How It Is Certified

An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, April 12, 2023.

Besides the main mission of defending the homeland, Department of Defense capabilities also provide critical support to local, state, and federal civilian partners during major disasters. Learn how Army North’s defense coordinating element’s mission and composition ready their units to perform this additional mission when needed.

Narrated by Bonnie Weidler. 

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Patrick McNiece

Retired Army Colonel Patrick (Pat) B. McNiece is an emergency management specialist. He joined the Defense Coordinating Element Region VI in Denton, Texas, in 2014, where he focuses on enabling Defense Support of Civil Authorities and Homeland Defense. He partners primarily with FEMA, other federal agencies, as well as Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico National Guard and Emergency Managers. Previously, he served 34 years in Military Intelligence with senior intelligence positions in Afghanistan (twice), Iraq, Bosnia, Germany (twice), South Korea, and numerous bases in the U.S. He served in and supported NATO, airborne, air assault, infantry, and armored units. His graduate degree is from the Army War College, and his Bachelor of Science degree is from the U.S. Military Academy.

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