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NLE 11 National Gaurd with Urban Civilian Training
« on: May 19, 2011, 07:50:03 PM »
http://www.blackanthem.com/News/Military_News_1/Indiana-53rd-CST-assists-civilian-first-responders-during-NLE-1123579.shtml

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Indiana 53rd CST assists civilian first responders during NLE 11

BUTLERVILLE, Ind. - Despite rainy and chilly conditions during National Level Exercise 2011, members of the Indiana National Guard's 53rd Civilian Support Team and first responders from various Indiana Department of Homeland Security districts combined skills at Muscatatuck Urban Training Complex May 16-20 for emergency response training.

As part of their full-time mission set, the 53rd CST responds to chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear incidents and works in conjunction with local first-responders in determining the nature of an attack or incident; provides medical and technical counsel and the identification and arrival of follow-on state and federal military response resources. Each team consists of 22 full-time Army and Air National Guardsmen and is broken down into six smaller teams -- command, operations, communications, administration and logistics, medical, and survey teams. The 53rd CST is a full-time unit standing ready to support the state response, with 19 Soldiers and 3 Airmen, under the direction of the governor at a moment's notice.

As part of one scenario during the exercise, strike team members of the 53rd CST assisted first responders from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, District 2, Tactical Rescue Team from South Bend as they dug through a rubble pile searching for mock victims.  Other tasks that were included tested the team's ability to setup a communication dispatch center and detect hazardous materials in devastated affected areas.

According to Lt. Col. Eric Honaker, it takes a combined effort by all agencies to accomplish all the tasks in this exercise. When asked about the reaction of the first responders Honaker said, "We could see the relief in the faces of the first responders when our team arrived to assist in operations."

Honaker went on to explain that the 53rd CST duties were to provide initial advice on what the CBRN agent may be, assist first responders in that detection assessment process, and be the first military responders to the area.

First responders and Soldiers have to mesh together and protect individuals from possible threats, said Sgt. Neil Stone.  "Cross training is beneficial to both sides."

53rd CST was also active in interfacing with outside task force organizations. CST strike team members assisted first responders in minor equipment shortages, such as phone, internet and radio systems. Sgt. 1st Class Michael Galloway was instrumental in the setup of a dispatch center for operation to enhance communications on ground.

When asked about cost of supplying first responders with a myriad of resources and equipment, Galloway replied that the resources provided by CST come at low or no cost to civilian first responders because of state funding.

Participation in the National Level Exercise 2011 provided realistic, hands on training needed to ensure proficiency during a catastrophic earthquake and added benefit to both the CST strike team and the civilian first responders they worked alongside.




Spc. Josh Goldman (left) of Fishers, Ind. and Sgt. Zach Fromme of Monrovia, Ind., and members of the Indiana National Guard's 53rd Civil Support Team perform perimeter monitoring as Hazardous Material and Suitable Environment support during National Level Exercise 2011, a full-scale exercise meant to represent the destruction following a 7.7 magnitude earthquake along the New Madrid fault line. The exercise, taking place at Muscatatuck Urban Training Complex May 16 - 20, will examine the government's ability to implement local, state, and federal catastrophic earthquake response plans. (Photo by Jill Swank, Camp Atterbury Public Affairs)




Members of the Indiana 53rd Civil Support Team assist the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, District 2, Tactical Rescue Team from South Bend, Indiana, pull a mock victim from the rubble during National Level Exercise 2011, a full-scale exercise meant to represent the destruction following a 7.7 magnitude earthquake along the New Madrid fault line. The exercise, taking place at Muscatatuck Urban Training Complex May 16 - 20, will examine the government's ability to implement local, state, and federal catastrophic earthquake response plans. (Photo by Staff Sgt Brad Staggs, Muscatatuck Urban Training Center Public Affairs)



A dispatch center was created by meshing first responder's and Indiana Nation Guard's 53rd Civilian Support Team equipment during the National Level Exercise 2011, a full-scale exercise meant to represent the destruction following a 7.7 magnitude earthquake along the New Madrid fault line. The exercise, taking place at Muscatatuck Urban Training Complex May 16 - 20, examines the government's ability to implement local, state, and federal catastrophic earthquake response plans. (Photo by Ashley Fowler, Camp Atterbury Public Affairs)

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Re: NLE 11 National Gaurd with Urban Civilian Training
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2011, 07:53:45 PM »
http://www.dvidshub.net/news/70549/national-level-exercise-showcases-guards-interagency-operability



While units of the Mississippi National Guard are dealing with floods threatening the western part of the state, more than 100 Georgia Army and Air Guard members have set up shop here at the Meridian-Lauderdale County Public Safety Training Center. They will spend the next five days participating in Operation Vigilant Guard 2011, along with some soldiers and airmen from the “cotton state” and Florida, and observers from West Virginia and Texas. It is expected that more than 500 Guard members, first responders and civilian role players will have converged on the center by the time the training ends. Here Georgia Army Guard Command Sgt. Maj. Mark Stacey (standing center in blue vest), non-commissioned officer-in-charge of safety for Kennesaw’s Joint Task Force 781 and CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package questions Travis Davis (right), operations branch chief and lead exercise planner from the Joint Interagency Training and Education Center in West Virginia, about possible hazards surrounding a simulated hotel that has collapsed because of an earth quake. “My job is to get as much information about what’s going on at the incident site and determine what hazards are out there that could put our folks in as much danger," Stacey said. “It’s to no one's advantage for us to become victims ourselves, and thereby lessen the survivability of the folks we come to help.” The National Guard Bureau in Washington, in conjunction with NORAD and U.S. Northern Command sponsors Vigilant Guard. This exercise in interagency cooperation provides an opportunity for State National Guard headquarters, State joint task forces like the 781st and its elements to improve command and control and operational relationships with local, state and federal emergency responders. Operation Vigilant Guard 2011 is multi-state exercise linked to the National Level Exercise Tier 11.

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ARLINGTON, Va. – As of noon EST, about 9,000 National Guard members were activated in support of National Level Exercise 11, the National Guard Bureau’s director of domestic operations and force development said here, May 17.

In the simulated environment of the NLE 11, National Guard members – along with U.S. Northern Command, Federal Emergency Management Agency and active-duty personnel – are working to develop command and control of state and federal assets in the affected regions.

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Re: NLE 11 National Gaurd with Urban Civilian Training
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2011, 07:56:53 PM »

http://www.army.mil/-news/2011/05/18/56683-national-guard-usnorthcom-kick-off-major-national-level-training-exercise/



A group of Soldiers from Kennesaw's Joint Task Force 781 and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive, or CBRNE, Enhanced Response Force Package gather around Maj. Michael Collins (center), the Joint Task Force commander, and work out logistics and other possible issues before the 781st occupies the ground at a "disaster site" out on the Meridian-Lauderdale County Public Safety Training Center, Miss.

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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo., May 16, 2011 -- The National Guard, in cooperation with several federal agencies, including U.S. Northern Command, kicked off exercise ARDENT SENTRY 2011 today as part of the National Level Exercise 2011.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and others federal authorities are responding to a simulated earthquake along the New Madrid Seismic Zone.

The exercise starting today and concluding on May 20, 2011, incorporates several military exercises with the National Guard from eight central U.S. States: Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee; and four FEMA regions.

As part of ARDENT SENTRY, U.S. Northern Command will exercise the Contingency Dual Status Command initiative, which allows for a commissioned officer of the active-duty Army or Air Force, or an Army or Air National Guard, to command and control state and federal military assets in a Defense Support of Civil Authorities environment.

National Level Exercise 2011 will validate existing plans, policies, and procedures, including the Federal Interagency Response Plan, state and regional New Madrid catastrophic plans.

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Re: NLE 11 National Gaurd with Urban Civilian Training
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2011, 07:59:01 PM »

http://murrayledger.com/news/agencies-conduct-training-exercise-at-msu/article_7b83e2a8-8220-11e0-aa6f-001cc4c002e0.html



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Agencies conduct training exercise at MSU

There were 19 “victims” involved in a multiple-agency, multiple-situation first responder training exercise conducted Tuesday night at old Richmond on the dorm circle at Murray State University.

According to its designer, MSU public safety emergency coordinator Jeff Steen, the exercise was meant to challenge the Murray Fire Department with fires and structural damage caused by earthquake. Steen said that the exercise showed that command structure established at the scene met National Incident Management Standards (NIMS) by maintaining an appropriate span of control.

Simulated smoke created a dense wall in the entrance hallway to the dorm where there were designated fire centers in the middle of the building on the first and second floors. MFD responders were ten in number and called for assistance immediately, given the number of victims and the size of the building with stairwells only at the north and south ends of the structure. The design of the building delayed getting water to the fire.

In the local component of the National Level Exercise activated by FEMA, the Murray effort culminated with a debriefing led primarily by Steen and Murray Fire Department Chief Eric Pologruto, who was incident commander on site. Pologruto established a command post with the Calloway County Fire and Rescue Chief Earl Hicks working alongside. Murray State Police, Murray-Calloway County Hospital EMS and Calloway County DES Rescue Squad also coordinated at that site.

The first responders agreed that radio communications are a work in progress with the best result being agencies using separate channels while also communicating face to face, rather than trying to merge radio channels for multiple agency talk. Steen pointed out that the layout of the stairwells in old Richmond required the fire personnel to have to pull far too much hose and said that standpipes are needed in this kind of older structure. The building was completely sprinkled twelve years ago to improve life safety. For the exercise it was stipulated that the sprinkle system was disabled due to lack of water. The fire department pressurized the sprinkler system with one of their pumpers.

Calloway County Emergency Management Director Bill Call was among evaluators appointed to assess the responders’ total efforts and said that there were some formalities missing, but that overall accountability was good. One problem occurred regarding the dispatch of the DES Rescue team, but that was also attributed to a radio issue.

The NLE local drill in Murray was part of a busy few days for emergency management personnel. FEMA damage assessors toured Calloway Monday as officials seek qualification for individual assistance. The county has received FEMA qualification for public assistance, or reimbursing responding governmental agencies for expenses. Call said that the tour resulted in FEMA logging ten residences destroyed or damaged in recent weather events (nine by strong winds and one by flooding). It remains to be seen whether the number of affected homes in Calloway will be added to the aggregate losses of the region to be considered.

Another component of the NLE today was the landing of two Blackhawk helicopters at the National Guard Armory, sent here as part of the State Exercise. Personnel with the Blackhawks, including an urban search and rescue team from Louisville, visited MSU and ran through its own drill situation at the old Richmond site used by local responders later in the day.

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Re: NLE 11 National Gaurd with Urban Civilian Training
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2011, 08:19:38 PM »
Earthquake drill puts emergency responders to the test
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Re: NLE 11 National Gaurd with CHILDREN Civilian Training
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2011, 09:29:08 PM »

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

Fox Meadow Elementary School in Jonesboro looked like a war zone Monday morning. Emergency responders, police, firefighters and even the National Guard were on hand working to get injured people the help they needed and bring chaos to order; only there was no true disaster.

Around 15 state agencies put their skills to the test in a mock earthquake disaster drill. Director of the Craighead County Office of Emergency Management, David Moore, says this is the largest disaster drill FEMA has ever attempted. "National Level Exercise 2011, in itself, is the biggest drill nationwide. But going beyond that, Arkansas is the biggest player within NLE 11 and Craighead County, I'm proud to say, is the biggest player in Arkansas.

So, we are all trying to step up and do our best to show that we're prepared."
They simulated a building collapse at the elementary school with around eighty injured and seven fatalities.


 Moore says anyone that would normally be involved in such a catastrophic event is participating in the drill. "We have cities involved. We have the county, state and federal. We have hospitals, health department. The list is truly unbelievable. Everything from radio operators to volunteer firemen. We have all these groups coming together and working together within their areas. And so, it helps build that relationship within them to make these things happen. Hopefully, we'll never have to use them. But if we do, we know we can do it."
J3 Director of Military Operations for the Arkansas National Guard, Colonel Greg Bacon, says what they're all learning from this weeks drill will be crucial in helping them all do their jobs better, "Some of the firemen are not familiar with our aircraft, so today they're becoming more familiar with the aircraft, how to load those patients onto the aircraft so in a disaster scenario they'll have that training. And by that more quickly and efficiently, we help save lives."

Superintendent of Nettleton Schools, James Dunivan, says he is thrilled his faculty and students were able to participate in the exercise, "This is a wonderful opportunity for everyone involved. With all the various agencies here from all over Craighed County and from all over the country, coming together, and working together, learning how to communicate together. It's also good for the adults to practice our skills for taking care of the kids.  It's also good for our kids to see that when we practice a drill, we mean business."

Moore says drills like this are critical for them to discover what things are working and what isn't. "This is very important on multiple aspects.




First, you build a plan. Then you exercise it and see things that are open for improvement." "I'm tickled to death. Everyone is doing what their supposed to. Yes, in any event you're going to run into some problems. But that's what we're looking for. If we can fix those problems now then whenever we have to do it for real, you know those problems are taken care of. And that's what we're really looking for in these exercises, is to learn from them."
The drill will continue with a number of other events to occur at different locations through Friday. Day two will be a hazardous material spill at ASU, and day three will be an airlift in Monette where supplies will be dropped off due to a bridge collapse.

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Re: NLE 11 National Gaurd with Urban Civilian Training
« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2011, 11:47:32 PM »
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Re: NLE 11 National Gaurd with Urban Civilian Training
« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2011, 12:43:31 AM »
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