Participants Conduct Search and Rescue Operations
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
Bridge Collapse Training Exercise
Soldiers 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 2016
When 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.