Ohio National Guard News


Homeland Response Force undergoes evaluation
for qualification renewal

Story and Photos by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Pavlik, Ohio National Guard

First Sgt. Ty Henery, operations noncommissioned officer, conducts consequence management operations during an exercise evaluation, June 24, 2015, at Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center, near Newton Falls, Ohio.

CAMP RAVENNA JOINT MILITARY TRAINING CENTER, Newton Fall, Ohio (06-24-15) — The Ohio National Guard’s Homeland Response Force underwent its qualifying evaluation June 24, 2015, at Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center, located near Newton Falls, Ohio.

The Homeland Response Force (HRF) is an Ohio National Guard unit that specializes in saving lives and reducing human suffering during a natural, man-made or terrorist incident in the United States. The Homeland Response Force brings together decontamination, search and extraction, medical triage, and command and control capabilities to support civil authorities.

The Ohio National Guard’s HRF is one of 10 such units in the United States. Each HRF is geographically distributed across the 10 Federal Emergency Management Agency regions to enhance the Department of Defense’s ability to respond quickly, in case of a major or catastrophic event.

Every three years, these units undergo an evaluation by the National Guard Bureau to ensure they are ready for the nations call.