|U.S. Army Reserve units from the 335th Signal Command
(Theater), East Point, Ga., along with federal, state, and local
agencies are participating in Exercise Red Dragon 2010, which began June
Lt. Col. Panayiotis Ellinas
discusses the effects of anthrax on the general public to the
participants of the Red Dragon exercise at a Fort McCoy
Reserve units consist of Soldiers subordinate to the 415th Chemical
Brigade, Greenville, S.C.; 209th Readiness Support Group, Belton, Mo.;
and 2nd Medical Brigade, San Pablo, Calif.
The exercise, being conducted in several states, is designed to help
Army Reserve units perform their mission in local communities, working
closely with first responders — federal and civil defense authorities —
during an emergency response to a large scale chemical, biological,
radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosives (CBRNE) disaster.
Major exercise scenarios were held between June 18 – 20, both at Fort
McCoy and several states including Illinois, South Carolina, Georgia,
Soldiers used a full range of special equipment to detect CBRNE agents,
perform decontamination measures, receive and treat exercise casualties.
This Homeland Defense training exercise will shape future protocols and
procedures in handling responses to large scale incidents.
Exercise Red Dragon continues through June 26.