The 82nd Airborne is the original first responder. It's mission is go anywhere in the world in 18 hours in response to a threat to the nation. For the last few years, however, the 82nd, like every other infantry unit, has been pulling heavy duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.
This year, 2nd Brigade, in which Mark serves, goes back on duty as the Global Response Force. The Fayetteville Observer has a story, slide show and several videos of the Falcon Brigade getting ready.
The story is here.