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Colo. National Guard to host Media Day during ‘Vigilant Guard’ exercise July 23 
By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs 
Decontamination 
U.S. Soldiers and Airmen of the 147th Brigade Support Battalion and 140th Medical Group, Colorado National Guard, conduct training to complete their CERFP [Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Enhanced Response Force Package] certification at the North Metro Fire Rescue District in Adams County, Colo., July 19, 2013, in advance of Colorado's 2013 Vigilant Guard exercise. The CERFP mission is to search, extract, chemically decontaminate and provide first-line medical care to civilian victims of a large-scale disaster. Sponsored by U.S. Northern Command in conjunction with the National Guard Bureau, the exercise provided the Colorado National Guard and supporting military units an opportunity to improve cooperation and operational relationships with their local, state, private sector, non-governmental organizations and federal partners. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Bethany Fehringer/RELEASED)

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More Vigilant Guard videos and photos are available on DVIDS and Flickr.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Sunday, July 21, 2013

CONTACT:
Colorado National Guard Public Affairs
720-250-1053
ng.co.coarng.list.staff-pao2@mail.mil

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (7/21/13) – The Colorado National Guard Public Affairs team will host a media day for the 2013 Vigilant Guard Exercise July 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at four locations throughout the Denver metro area.

Vigilant Guard is a large-scale, multi-state, multi-agency exercise focused on interagency coordination in preparation for emergencies and catastrophic events in Colorado.

Colorado National Guard Public Affairs, in coordination with agency public information officers, the Vigilant Guard planning team, and senior military leaders will provide an opportunity for escorted media to access Vigilant Guard exercise locations in order to learn about the training methods, capture imagery, and conduct interviews.

This media day is not open to the public, however the populace may report personnel wearing chemical protective equipment in in the areas noted below.

The timeline for the day is designed to allow media personnel to visit all four exercise sites, however media outlets may choose to only visit select sites and not stay for the entire day.

Additional media requests outside of media day will be facilitated on a case-by-case basis, but will require prior coordination by contacting CONG PA at 720-250-1280 or 720-250-1053.  

Site 1
Denver Health Medical Center
777 Bannock Street
Denver, CO 80204
9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

This site will host a hospital mass causality and decontamination event resulting from simulated tornadoes. Mock patients will be taken through the decontamination process. Denver Health staff and other exercise participants will be available for interviews. Imagery opportunities will include mock patients going through decontamination.

Site 2
North Metro Fire Training Complex
Park at Colorado National Speedway
4281 Garden Blvd. Dacono, CO 80514
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Due to limited parking at the site, a shuttle will be provided from the Colorado National Speedway at 11:30 a.m. This site will host the National Guard CERFP [Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Enhanced Response Force Package]. CERFP will conduct all five elements of their mission set: search and extraction; decontamination; medical triage; remains recovery; and command and control. CERPFP will be working in conjunction with multiple civilian partners. Operations will be conducted on the newly constructed rubble pile, a structure built specifically for this exercise. Operations will be conducted 24-hours a day at this site. Interview opportunities will be available and imagery opportunities will include the search and extraction of live exercise roll players from the rubble pile.

Site 3
Community College of Aurora
710 Alton Way
Denver, CO 80230
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

This site will host National Guard Civil Support Teams (CSTs) responding to chemical spills that resulted from simulated tornadoes.  The CST advises civilian responders on appropriate reactions to incidents based on test results of biological or chemical agents and expert consultation. Interview and imagery opportunities will be available, including Soldiers and Airmen outfitted in their chemical protective equipment, the unit’s mobile analytical laboratory system, and other specialized equipment.

Site 4
Colorado National Guard Joint Operations Center
6848 S. Revere Pkwy
Centennial, CO 80112
3 to 4 p.m.
The Joint Operations Center provides an operational overview from the military perspective, and a strategic look at force locations and the exercise scenarios. There will be opportunities for interviews with Colorado National Guard senior leaders. Imagery opportunities include a look inside the functioning joint operations center.

*** PUBLIC ALERT: From July 22-26, uniformed military members and civilians will be conducting emergency-response exercises in various locations in Colorado. All exercise scenarios are simulations for the purpose of training. Guardsmen may be seen wearing chemical protective equipment. Any questions or concerns can be addressed to the Colorado National Guard Public Affairs office at ng.co.coarng.list.staff-pao2@mail.mil or 720-250-1053. ***

U.S. Northern Command and the National Guard Bureau are sponsoring this large-scale exercise.

 

For Assignment Editors: For the most up-to-date information about this exercise, follow @CONG1860 and #VGExercise on Twitter or visit the Colorado National Guard website http://co.ng.mil.

Supporting links: Fact sheets, file photos and other supporting information are available at http://bit.ly/1dI0oXR

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7/20/2013