The COCOM Cultural Heritage Action Group provides a growing range of services that help Combatant Commands, Joint Force planners and engineers as well as ROTC perform necessary functions and promote issues relating to Cultural Property Protection (CPP) to support the mission. These services include:
• CPP training for COCOMs to improve situational awareness in order to minimize damage to Cultural and Heritage Property, consistent with current Rules of Engagement, providing experience that involves cultural and heritage property during Full Spectrum Operations, providing Air Force and Navy Pilots with heritage training avoidance practice in the training environment, to promote awareness of national and international laws that protect cultural property, and discourage the purchase of antiquities and unnecessary damage to heritage property while operating in-theater. Properly implemented CPP practices and procedures acts as a force multiplier and helps to support the mission;
• satellite imagery analysis to identify areas with sensitive or officially protected cultural property and related information so that battlefield commanders and war planners can maintain a complete understanding of the mission landscape;
• The Sustainable Military Lands Management (SMLM) Training and Certification Program conducted at the CCHAG Center of Excellence at CEMML (The Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands) on the campus of Colorado State University;
• policy research and recommendations that promotes greater awareness of CPP when military regulations are created or updated and high level policy is made;
• specialized information, such as the CCHAG map showing all ICOM Red Lists throughout the world and the CCHAG map showing the UNESCO database of national laws that protect cultural property in every region where DoD operates and where such laws exist.
All CCHAG service offerings are regularly updated and tailored to the needs of COCOM and JF decision makers and troops, to support the mission.