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Florida Guard here for Vigilant Guard

Meridian, Miss., May 17, 2011 – Soldiers of the Florida Army Guard’s CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) are here along with their Georgia Counterparts and the Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen from Mississippi and several other states for five-days of training at the Meridian-Lauderdale County Public Safety Training Center as part of Operation Vigilant Guard 2011.


More than 500 Guardsmen, first responders and civilian role players will have converged on the training site by the time the exercise ends two days from now.

Here a Florida Guardsman helps a role player move slowly and safely through one of two derailed rail passenger cars on the Meridian-Lauderdale County Public Safety Training Center’s Train Emergency Response education site. The Florida Soldiers and Airmen were aided in their training by more than 60 “live” role players from surrounding communities, which added to the realism of the training.


Operation Vigilant Guard 2011 is multi-state exercise that provides an opportunity for State National Guard headquarters, State joint task forces like the Florida CERF-P and its elements to improve command and control, and operational relationships with local, state and federal emergency responders. (Photos by Capt. Jacqueline Wren 648th MEB Public Affairs Office)


(Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Roy Henry, Public Affairs Office, Georgia Department of Defense)

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Taken on May 16, 2011