|By Maj. Nancie Margetis, 183rd Fighter Wing Public
The largest annual National Guard training exercise is under way at Volk
Field Combat Readiness Training Center and Fort McCoy.
Col. Matthew Moorman of the Ohio
Air National Guard briefs Wisconsin’s Disaster Medical
Assistance Team (DMAT) during the domestic operations portion of
the 2011 Patriot Exercise July 13 at the Volk Field Combat
Readiness Training Center. This is the first year that the DMAT
— a volunteer-based force that responds to disasters in
Wisconsin — is participating in Patriot. Photo by Senior Airman
Amy N. Adducchio
Patriot 2011 is an international large-scale training exercise
bringing community and federal agencies together with military
organizations from several states and three countries. Units are working
to develop best practices and refine emergency responses for a variety
of contingencies, from terrorist threats to train accidents and exposure
from hazardous material spills.
Some of the scenarios require more specific environmental arrangements.
To enhance the realistic effect for participants in those cases,
elements of the training, like invasion of a terrorist safehouse by FBI
and National Guard security force personnel will take place at nearby
Fort McCoy, which already has a suitable facility built for that
National Guard Soldiers and Airmen will work alongside federal agencies,
including the FBI and U.S. Postal Inspectors, FEMA and the U.S.
Department of Energy, and the Wisconsin Disaster Medical Assistance
Team. Their aim is coordination of incident response, medical triage and
patient care, search and extraction, control of hazardous materials and
logistics that includes movement of equipment.
A primary goal of Patriot 2011 was successful movement and validation of
an equipment package used in response to disasters involving chemical
biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosives. These
materials, emergency response force packages, are in place in multiple
regional locations throughout the nation, ready for ground transport.
The National Guard Bureau’s Crisis Action Team also will lead
participants in simulated scenarios enabling them to hone skills that
track and treat casualties, dispel terrorist threats, coordinate air
transport, control crowds and decontaminate affected areas and persons.
This is significant because it teaches independent organizations with
similar or dependent missions to communicate in ways that foster mutual
understanding, making it easier to get things done when it is most