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 June 25, 2010

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Red Dragon trains Soldiers for
emergency response

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 12.
PHOTO: 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 facility. Contributed photo
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 facility. Contributed photo

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, and Alabama.

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.

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