How We Protect our Community

Although the Counterdrug Program is federally funded, the Soldiers and Airmen within the task force are all National Guardsmen under the control of New York state.

As Guardsmen, we are “Citizen Soldiers” and your fellow neighbors. The talented Soldiers and Airmen who live throughout our great state want the same thing you do... a safer community.

Our personnel are experts and trainers in fields of investigative analytical support to law enforcement investigations, drug demand reduction outreach support and aerial observation and imagery. We are passionate in our unique military skills and eager to help support our local communities to reduce the supply and demand of illegal narcotics.

Our Programs

Authorities: Authorizing Operational Guidance

National Guard Counterdrug Program

Mission: Created by Congress in 1989, the National Guard Counterdrug Program conducts a full spectrum campaign that bridges the gap between and among DoD and Non-DoD institutions in the fight against illicit drugs and transnational threats to the Homeland. We support military, law enforcement, and community based counterdrug operations at all levels of government to anticipate, deter, and defeat these threats to enhance national security and protect our society.

Vision: We, the Soldiers and Airmen of the National Guard Counterdrug Program, will become the catalysts for synchronized cooperation between and among DoD and federal, state, and local agencies across the full spectrum of counterdrug homeland defense operations. By leveraging our unique military capabilities, national resources, and community focus we will play a central role in shaping our nation's response to drug and associated transnational security threats.

Leadership Message: Our nation is in the midst of a fentanyl crisis. Congress recognizes the Counterdrug Program as a national asset in combatting that threat. The NYS Counterdrug Task Force embodies the profession of arms, the character, and the moral obligation to do more for the communities we live and work in. Through standardization, specialized training, and organized coordinated operations we will expand partnerships, strengthen collaborative efforts, and enhance public awareness to decrease the number of people dying from drug overdoses.