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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • Camp Crowder to take part in Guard earthquake exercise

  • Neosho's Camp Crowder will play a role in the Missouri National Guard's participation in Vigilant Guard, a national-level exercise designed to test the Guard’s response in the event a large magnitude earthquake were to happen in the New Madrid Seismic Zone in southeast Missouri.
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  • Neosho's Camp Crowder will play a role in the Missouri National Guard's participation in Vigilant Guard, a national-level exercise designed to test the Guard’s response in the event a large magnitude earthquake were to happen in the New Madrid Seismic Zone in southeast Missouri.
    The exercise will take place Nov. 3-7 throughout Missouri. Camp Crowder will be one of the staging grounds for soldiers and airmen to receive in-and out-of-state Guard units at a joint reception, staging, onward movement and integration site, or JRSOI, before going on to their missions. The 1-129th Field Artillery, headquartered in Maryville, will process Guardsmen from Oklahoma and Missouri at Camp Crowder.
    The training scenario provides that public utilities have been disrupted and there is widespread infrastructure damage across the entire region. National Guard soldiers and airmen, along with civilian and federal partners, will respond to the statewide natural disaster. The Guard will demonstrate its unique mission to protect and respond to large-scale natural disasters.
    Maj. Timothy Strohman, operations officer with the 1-129th, said troops will automatically start reporting to armories hours after an earthquake, and will be in position to process workers at three statewide sites within 72 hours.
    “In the event of an earthquake, our units will mobilize as quickly as possible so we can get to those established JRSOI sites and get into position to prepare to receive those units from other states," said Strohman. “We want to get them as quickly as possible to that command that's in the impacted area, so that we can get out there and start helping Missouri citizens.”
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