The Minnesota National Guard's Joint Force Headquarters is scheduled to conduct a domestic training exercise this week at Camp Ripley, Little Falls, Minn., in preparation for a larger exercise in 2015.
"This exercise is designed to establish and strengthen working relationships with our local, county or state agencies, non-governmental organizations and emergency management partners," said Army Brig. Gen. William J. Lieder, Minnesota National Guard's Director of the Joint Staff.
"Some of our objectives include validating roles and responsibilities, reviewing procedures and exercising communication systems," said Lieder. "Fourteen agencies or organizations are involved in the two-day event. It's important to not be handing out business cards when a disaster strikes."
"This exercise is part of a series of events leading to the Vigilant Guard exercise scheduled for September 2015," said Lieder. "Vigilant Guard is an all-hazard, full-scale exercise. Our last exercise was held in January and revolved around a cyber event caused by nature, an act of terrorism or crime."