Emergency preparedness training helps National Guard members, volunteers sharpen skills
People in parts of Monroe and Juneau Counties may see an increase in military equipment moving along roads and interstates
FORT MCCOY, Wis. (WKBT) – National Guard soldiers from across the United States are training to make sure they are ready to respond.
PATRIOT 21 training exercises are underway at Fort McCoy, Volk Field and Camp Douglas.
The training exercise lets civilian emergency management and responders work with military entities the same as they would during disasters.
About 1,000 civilians, volunteers, National Guard soldiers and airmen from 26 states are involved in the exercise.
Simulated emergency scenarios include mass casualty, search and rescue and evacuations of injured people.
Training is about more than being able to do what is needed in an emergency.
“When we’re thrown into an actual response where lives are needing to be saved, we need to be able to collaborate quickly and be able to be on the same page. PATRIOT starts to build that relationship between the Army, the Air and the civilian assets,” said Lt. Col. Sarah Ashley Nickloes.
Training continues through June 18.
People in parts of Monroe and Juneau Counties may see an increase in military equipment moving along roads and interstates.
You may also see planes flying during the exercise.
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