HING hosts its largest ever disaster-preparedness exercise

| June 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
Airman 1st Class Robert Cabuco, Hawaii Air National Guard HONOLULU — Guardsmen track a simulated hurricane during the exercise  at the JTF 5-0 command center in the Guard’s Diamond Head headquarters, Monday. The exercise improved collaborative efforts for emergency preparation, coordination, response and recovery. with federal, regional, local, civilian and military partners during domestic emergencies and catastrophic events.

Airman 1st Class Robert Cabuco, Hawaii Air National Guard
HONOLULU — Guardsmen track a simulated hurricane during the exercise at the JTF 5-0 command center in the Guard’s Diamond Head headquarters, Monday. The exercise improved collaborative efforts for emergency preparation, coordination, response and recovery. with federal, regional, local, civilian and military partners during domestic emergencies and catastrophic events.

Hawaii National Guard
News Release

HONOLULU — Since Monday, the Hawaii National Guard has been hosting exercise Vigilant Guard/Makani Pahili 2015.

VG/MP15 is being held at multiple locations on four Hawaiian islands and will have over 2,200 participants.

More than 700 of those participants are coming from four or more other states and Guam, and observers are from seven Asia-Pacific countries.

Planning for VG/MP15 has been in the works for over a year.

Vigilant Guard is a large-scale, regional exercise sponsored by U.S. Northern Command and the National Guard Bureau. Makani Pahili is the state’s annual hurricane exercise, led by the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, which coincides with the beginning of the hurricane season.

This year, the two exercises have been combined to make this the largest disaster preparedness exercise in Hawaii National Guard history.

Lacey Justinger,  U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — A role-player is treated for simulated injuries by Soldiers from the health clinic, Wednesday. 	Exercises such as this one helps the Army prepare for medical emergencies in the event that a hurricane makes landfall in Hawaii.

Lacey Justinger,
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — A role-player is treated for simulated injuries by Soldiers from the health clinic, Wednesday. Exercises such as this one helps the Army prepare for medical emergencies in the event that a hurricane makes landfall in Hawaii.

VG/MP15 provides an opportunity for the State of Hawaii, and the Hawaii National Guard in particular, to improve collaborative efforts in regards to emergency preparation, coordination, response and recovery management with federal, regional, local, civilian and military partners during domestic emergencies and catastrophic events.

The HING staff uses exercise such as VG/MP15 to increase proficiency and challenge participants’ comfort zones during National Guard domestic operations and emergency management.

Some of the scenarios that will be exercised by military and first responders include disease outbreak, cyber attack, chemical spill, search and rescue, collapsed structure, medical mass casualty and more.

While VG/MP15 is primarily a command post exercise, there will be some field venues. Locations on Oahu include Hawaii National Guard headquarters, the Regional Training Institute at Waimanalo, Pier 29 and the state emergency operations center in Diamond Head.

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On the Big Island, training will occur at the Keaukaha Military Reservation; on Maui, the Army National Guard’s Puunene Armory and the Maui Fire Department training area; on Kauai, Vindiha Stadium and the National Guard’s Hanapepe armory.

June 2, an alternate port scenario took place at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. On the morning of June 6, a mass casualty/decon event took place at The Queen’s Medical Center-West Oahu, and a rubble pile search and rescue extraction at Kalaeloa.

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