Ohio National Guard News


Ohio National Guard Homeland Response Force
participates in Vibrant Response exercise

Photos by Sgt. Brian Johnson, ONG

Soldiers and Airmen with the Ohio National Guard Homeland Response Force participated in the Vibrant Response exercise this July at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, Ind. The disaster preparedness exercise brought together more than 5,500 military and civilian personnel from around the country to train for response to a terrorist attack, and gave participants the opportunity to practice inter-agency cooperation. The Ohio HRF is a joint service team of more than 500 Army and Air National Guard members who are trained to assist and support civil authorities in the event of a major catastrophic event.

A team of Soldiers conducts a preliminary reconnaissance of incident site to determine the resources needed to attempt search and rescue operations.

Soldiers check their quality meters used to aid casualty rescue teams by measuring air quality as they attempt to rescue any potential casualties.

Soldiers assemble rolling stretchers in preparation for potential casualties.

Members of the decontamination element of the Ohio National Guard Homeland Response Force wait to be confirmed if they have been completely decontaminated in the mobile decon station.