AURORA, Colo. (3/3/12) – The Colorado National Guard conducted a joint military exercise in conjunction with local civilian agencies March 3, in order to validate readiness for a potential state emergency.
During the exercise, the Colorado National Guard Reaction Force handled a mock protest at the Community College of Aurora campus in Aurora, Colo.
The Colorado Army National Guard’s 193rd Military Police battalion led the effort, helping provide additional security for local police while also helping maintain the protestors’ civil rights.
The NGRF is a trained and ready force, able to provide governors or combatant commanders quick-reaction and rapid-response capabilities. The NGRF is capable of responding and assisting in the protection of critical infrastructure, other state or national assets, and any other missions as directed to promote stability and security in the state, territory and nation.
This validation is essential to evaluate the NGRF’s ability to respond to state and federal emergencies.
“The training is pretty high speed,” said Spc. Perry Traywood. “I enjoy it. We’ve been preparing for it for months. All of our leaders know what they’re talking about.”
The validation process requires the NGRF to respond to a scenario designed to test its ability to perform a variety of missions including site security, establishing checkpoints and protecting critical infrastructure.
“This is what I signed up for – to help Colorado – (to) go out on missions like this,” said Traywood. “It’s what I wanted to do when I raised my hand, so I look forward to this mission. Hopefully nothing bad happens, but if it comes down to blizzards or anything, I’m in to help out the community.”The Aurora Police Department and the Denver Fire Department participated in the exercise