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Members of Massachusetts Task Force 1, Urban Search and Rescue, Federal
Emergency Management Agency, and Soldiers with the Massachusetts National
Guard carry a litter with a simulated casualty to a medevac pick-up site during
Vigilant Guard 2016 at Camp Ethan Allen Training Site, Jericho, Vt., July 29,
2016.Participants in Vigilant Guard 2016 performed search and rescue operations at Camp Ethan Allen Training Site, July 29.Participants in Vigilant Guard 2016 performed search and rescue operations at Camp Ethan Allen Training Site, July 29. Vigilant Guard is a national level emergency response exercise, sponsored by the National Guard and NORTHCOM, which provides National Guard units an opportunity to improve cooperation and relationships with regional civilian, military, and federal partners in preparation for emergencies and catastrophic events.

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U.S. Soldiers assigned to the 250th Engineer Company, Connecticut National
Guard, learn to assemble the Mabey Logistic Support Bridge under the direction
of the Vermont Agency of Transportation as part of a simulated bridge collapse
during Vigilant Guard 2016, Berlin, Vt., July 29, 2016. Vigilant Guard is a national
level emergency response exercise, sponsored by the National Guard and
NORTHCOM, which provides National Guard units an opportunity to improve
cooperation and relationships with regional civilian, military, and federal partners
in preparation for emergencies and catastrophic events. (U.S. Army National
Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Hayes)Bridge Collapse Training ExerciseSoldiers with the 250th Engineers Company, Connecticut National Guard, and the Vermont Agency of Transportation (AOT) came together for a simulated bridge collapse exercise, Berlin, Vt., July 29, 2016. This training provided an opportunity for both groups to gain knowledge, while bringing together two entities who donít often get to train together as a group.
High Intensity Training during Vigilant Guard 2016When training to respond to an emergency, high intensity hands-on training is imperative to improve skills. A simulated building collapse surrounded by broken concrete included casualty actors, crushed and overturned vehicles, 185-pound mannequins with realistic-like injuries, and various other placed obstacles created an intense learning environment at Camp Johnson, Colchester, Vt, July 28, 2016. This training was planned not only for the Vermont National Guard, but civilian entities and military units from various states. This scenario is just one of many that took place during Vigilant Guard 2016.
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