An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Home : News : Article View
NEWS | April 30, 2024

Maryland Guard Joins Homeland Disaster Response Exercise

By 1st Lt. Jasmine Mathews, 29th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

FORT CARSON, Colo. - Over 45 Maryland National Guard Soldiers are providing public affairs and logistics support during the Vibrant Response 24 exercise in Colorado April 19 to May 3. 

VR is an annual U.S. Army North, U.S. Northern Command-directed command post exercise planned with the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other federal and state partners.

The training enabled military units to work with federal and state agencies to validate their response to a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear event. U.S. Army North, in coordination with U.S. Northern Command and the Department of Homeland Security, has conducted these annual exercises since 2008.

“The Maryland National Guard proudly supports Army North’s VR exercise, enhancing the Department of Defense’s readiness for chemical , biological, radiological and nuclear event response,” said U.S. Army Col. Bradley Martsching, the commander of Maryland National Guard’s 58th Troop Command. “Our logistical and public affairs support to the exercise underscores our capability to assist our active-duty partners in national-level events, showcasing our commitment to seamless collaboration and effective crisis management. This collaboration reinforces the Maryland National Guard’s integral role in bolstering national security and readiness.”

During the scenario-based training, Soldiers from the Maryland National Guard’s 29th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment are providing public affairs support to Joint Task Force-Civil Support. This includes interacting with media role-players, drafting news releases, and engaging on social media simulation platforms. Soldiers from the 58th and 581st Troop Commands processed over 350 participants for Phase 1 of the exercise and provided logistical support to the exercise as Mayor Cell at Fort Carson.

“As a fellow service member in the National Guard, I was really proud to know that an Army National Guard unit was coming here to manage our mayor cell and provide public affairs support,” said Maj. Gen. Scott Sherman, commanding general, Task Force 51 and deputy commanding general–support for U.S. Army North.

He said the public affairs assistance was outstanding.

“The public affairs scenario training certainly helped me and my TF-51 senior leaders with media training and realistic press conferences that asked the difficult questions,” Sherman said.
 

 

 

Related Articles
Spc. Carter Cooper of the Virginia National Guard and Staff Sgt. Alexander Wilkinson-Johnson of the Maryland National Guard were named the National Guard Bureau’s Region Il Best Warriors for 2024 in the Soldier of the Year and Noncommissioned Officer categories at Aberdeen Proving Ground-Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland, May 10, 2024.
Maryland, Virginia Guardsmen Are Regional Best Warriors
By Maj. Erica Mitchell, | May 13, 2024
EDGEWOOD, Md. – After four days of competition, Spc. Carter Cooper and Staff Sgt. Alexander Wilkinson-Johnson were named the National Guard Bureau’s Region II Best Warriors for 2024 in the Soldier of the Year and...

African Lion provides an opportunity to conduct realistic, dynamic and collaborative readiness training in an austere environment that intersects multiple geographic and functional combatant commands, including U.S. Africa Command, U.S. European Command, and U.S. Central Command, and strategic maritime choke points and global shipping lanes.
New York Army Guard Soldiers Heading to North Africa
By Eric Durr, | April 30, 2024
LATHAM, N.Y. - Seven hundred New York Army National Guard Soldiers will take part in the multinational African Lion training exercise in Tunisia and Morocco in May.Most of the New York National Guard Soldiers involved in the...

Joint Terminal Attack Controllers from the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Marine Forces Reserve, and Maryland National Guard pose for a photo during Deliberate Response '24 at Warren Grove Range, New Jersey, April 6, 2024. The exercise demonstrated the partnership between the Maryland National Guard and the AFBiH through the State Partnership Program.
Maryland Guard, Bosnia and Herzegovina Conduct JTAC Training
By Master Sgt. Christopher Schepers, | April 12, 2024
WARREN GROVE, N.J. - Joint Terminal Attack Controllers from the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina participated in their first live-fire training exercise with state partner the Maryland National Guard April 2-6 at the...