The Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA) consists of the Arizona National Guard (Air, Army, Joint Task Force), the Division of Emergency Management and the Division of Administrative Services. DEMA provides unique capabilities and services to the citizens of Arizona in three distinct roles: community, state and federal.
It was a late December night when Jesse Robinson’s cell phone rang. Robinson is the Search and Rescue (SAR) and Warning Coordinator for the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA). He answered the call from the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) about a missing aircraft from Scottsdale airport. The AFRCC was able to ping the cell phones of the people on board to a remote area near Gila County. Around the same time, the airplane’s emergency locator beacon activation was detected and reported to AFRCC.
The Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA) Communications Unit provides radio and technical communications support to Arizona’s counties and local communities. The DEMA Communications Unit assists during incidents, such as wildfires, floods, and snowstorms, by providing county emergency managers and disaster relief organizations radio and communications support if their systems are unavailable.
PHOENIX— Family, Soldiers and Airmen came together for the promotion of Col. Kipling V. Kahler to Brigadier General as he took his newly appointed position as the Deputy Land Component Commander of the Arizona Army National Guard during a ceremony held at the Papago Park Military Reservation, Jan. 20.