VDF exercise tests commo systems, response capabilities - Nov. 5, 2016
Members of the 4th Regiment, Virginia Defense Force test multiple communications systems and response capabilities Nov. 5, 2016, in Lynchburg, Virginia, during Forward Guardian 2017, a multi-state, multi-agency communication exercise. VDF troops deployed to locations across the state to operate multiple systems and response capabilities including high frequency radio, Statewide Agencies Radio System, incident management assistance and operation of Mobile Communications Platform trailers. The exercise simulated the VDF's ability to provide vital communications support during a natural disaster impacted traditional systems. The VDF is Virginia’s all-volunteer reserve force authorized by the Code of Virginia and integrated into all Virginia National Guard domestic operations. They are a force multiplier providing additional capabilities to assist with the Guard's mission of keeping the citizens of commonwealth safe during times of need.
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