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Colorado Vigilant Guard exercise coming to an end 
By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs 
92nd Civil Support Team 
Nevada National Guard soldiers and airmen from the 92nd Civil Support Team conduct a notional search and rescue at a vacant building located near the Community College of Aurora. The search was due to a simulated F4 tornado that tore through the community in Denver during the Vigilant Guard Exercise July 23, 2013. Vigilant Guard is an exercise focused on interagency coordination to prepare for domestic emergencies and catastrophic events.(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Nicole Manzanares/RELEASED)

Click here or on the photo to download a high-resolution file.

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

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (7/24/13) – The publicly viewable portion of the Colorado Vigilant Guard Exercise will conclude the evening of July 25.   

This exercise is involving approximately 2,300 National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from 8 different states and hundreds of civilian medical personnel, first responders, role players and observer controllers. 

Vigilant Guard 2013 is a large-scale, multi-state, multi-agency emergency response exercise focused on interagency coordination in preparation for emergencies and catastrophic events in Colorado.  This exercise is ssponsored by U.S. Northern Command in conjunction with the National Guard Bureau.

These military-civil exercises are not open to the public; however, the populace may see military vehicles, military personnel and personnel wearing chemical protective equipment in the areas noted below.

As units end the operational portion of the exercise there is still the possibility of military vehicles slowing traffic on interstate 25 in the Denver metro area.

Approximate timelines and locations for July 25:  

Pepsi Center
Approximately 4 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This site will host National Guard
Civil Support Teams (CSTs) responding to a chemical spill resulting from a simulated train derailment.  The CST advises civilian responders on appropriate reactions to incidents based on test results of biological or chemical agents and expert consultation.  Military participants will be outfitted in their chemical protective equipment and other specialized equipment.

Dicks Sporting Complex
Approximately 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This site will host National Guard
Civil Support Teams (CSTs) responding to a possible contamination in and around the complex area.  The CST advises civilian responders on appropriate reactions to incidents based on test results of biological or chemical agents and expert consultation.  Military participants will be outfitted in their chemical protective equipment and other specialized equipment.

North Metro Fire Training Complex
24-hour operations through approximately 7 p.m.
This site will host Colorado Task Force 1 and the National Guard CERFP  [Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Enhanced Response Force Package], and Civil Support Teams (CSTs). 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 24-hours a day at this site. The CST advises civilian responders on appropriate reactions to incidents based on test results of biological or chemical agents and expert consultation. Responders will be wearing chemical suits and using chemical detection equipment. This site will simulate tornado destruction at the Orchard Town Center.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Approximately 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This site will host National Guard Civil Support Teams (CSTs) responding to assist the CDPHE with the backlog of samples from various sites.  The CSTs will assist with analysis.  Military participants will be outfitted in their chemical protective equipment and other specialized equipment.

Porter Adventist Hospital
Approximately 8 a.m. to 2 p.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. Responders will be wearing chemical suits and using chemical detection equipment.  National Guard
Civil Support Teams (CSTs) will integrate with hospital staff. 

PUBLIC ALERT:
From July 22-26, uniformed military members and civilians will be conducting emergency-response exercises in the Denver Metropolitan area. 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. ***

FOR ASSIGNMENT EDITORS:
Site visit request can 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.

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.

NEW high-resolution broadcast and still imagery of these events is available now on our DVIDS and Flickr pages at http://www.dvidshub.net/unit/JFH-CNGPA   and http://www.flickr.com/photos/conationalguard/   All imagery is considered public domain and is not subject to copyright  ***

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

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7/24/2013