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United States Central Command Historical/Cultural Action Group: Mission & Charter. Serena Georgia Bellew DFPO, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Installations & Environment). CHCAG Mission. Improve cultural awareness within DOD, at the senior leadership, command and tactical

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United States Central Command Historical/Cultural Action Group: Mission & Charter

Serena Georgia Bellew

DFPO, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Installations & Environment)


CHCAG Mission

  • Improve cultural awareness within DOD,

  • at the senior leadership, command and tactical

  • levels, with emphasis on Iraq & Afghanistan.

  • Enhance military capacity by promoting Cultural Property Protection (CPP) as a force multiplier.

  • Ensure CPP is considered during full spectrum operations, enabling U.S. personnel to act in accordance with U.S. laws and regulations, and international laws and treaties.


Cultural Property Protection

  • U.S. Cultural Resources Laws

    • National Historic Preservation Act (1966)

      • Sections 106 & 110

    • Native American Graves Protection & Repatriation Act (1990)

    • Archaeological Resources Protection Act (1979)


Cultural Property Protection

  • International Cultural Resources

    Laws/Regulations

    • National Historic Preservation Act (1966)

      • Section 402

    • CENTCOM Regulation 200-2

    • The 1954 Hague Convention


CHCAG Background

  • Created in 2008

  • Committees created as needed

    (Geospatial Data Committee)

  • Membership:

    • Representatives from all military services (primarily installation level)

    • DoD (Office of the Secretary of Defense)

    • International military observers

    • Academic & Private Sector Subject Matter Experts


CHCAG Charter

  • Formalize CHCAG mission and framework and obtain recognition from CENTCOM command structure

    “The CHCAG supports the war fighter and the military mission through the development of reference, education, and training tools for military and DoD civilian personnel and contractors.”


CHCAG Charter

  • 5 goals of the Charter:

    • To advise CENTCOM on Cultural Property Protection

    • To provide education and training to CENTCOM personnel

    • To develop a network of Subject Matter Experts

    • To provide proactive mission support

    • To develop domestic and international outreach capabilities


CHCAG Stakeholders

  • Stakeholders are vital to success of CHCAG

    • Internal DoD

    • External subject matter experts (archaeology, architectural, cultural landscapes, GIS, geography, anthropology, etc.)

    • Professional & Academic partnerships

      • CHAMP

    • International Military partnerships

      • IMCuRWG


QUESTIONS?

THANK YOU


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