“Vigilant Guard” Exercises This Week

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Guam – This coming week, the Guam National Guard in conjunction with the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS), Guam Memorial Hospital Authority (GMHA), Guam Homeland Security and the Office of Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) as well as several other GovGuam response agencies will  be participating in Vigilant Guard 2010, “Kontra piligro na’ fansafo’ ham.” 

The week long Full Scale Exercises will run 8 am to 5 pm from Monday August 23, through Thursday August 26.

Vigilant Guard is a joint exercise that aims to test the Guam National Guard’s resources and capabilities as the first military responder in support of the governor and the state emergency management agencies. The primary goal is to enhance mutual emergency coordination, response, and recovery.

The exercise also tests the Guam National Guard’s reach-back capabilities as it calls on resources from other states in the region and the National Guard Bureau. Units from Hawaii, California, Nevada and Arizona will be on island to participate in Vigilant Guard 2010.

Throughout the week, residents in the following areas should not be alarmed at the sudden increase in emergency response personnel and vehicles:

Emergency Operations Center, Agana Heights
Guam National Guard Readiness Center, Barrigada
Fort Juan Muna, Harmon
Radio Barrigada
Guam Memorial Hospital
Dededo Sports Complex
Southern Public Health Clinic

Visiting hours at Guam Memorial Hospital may be restricted for a short period due to the exercise. While the exercise may involve treating mock patients at GMHA facilities, the care and safety of actual patients will not be affected.

Motorists are advised to drive cautiously and slow down as they approach these areas of activity.

For more information please contact the Guam National Guard Public Affairs Officer CPT Ken Ola at 735-0409 or 488-5587.