Annual training helps Kentucky guardsmen prepare for safety during emergencies
FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) - They are going to be the ones to keep you safe when there is a national emergency. The Kentucky National Guard is holding their annual response training and making your safety their main priority.
From a chemical terrorist attack to a natural disaster, members of the Kentucky National Guard would be the first ones there. Through annual national training, Guard members are always on standby to assist local first responders and law enforcement during emergencies. Every scenario is different but if there is one thing Guard members always work on, it's maintaining a clear chain of command at each level.
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"Communication and coordination between our higher headquarters that are understanding the mission that are feeding information down to our level and we are dispersing it to our units that we control, so those roadblocks can be the same and translated over no matter what the event or exercise is we're responding to," said Major Mike Armstrong, operations officer for the 63rd Aviation Brigade.
The leaders in charge of the unit take pride in the work they do. However, Col. Michael Stephens, commander of the 63rd Aviation Brigade, points out that it's the guardsmen themselves who work the hardest and always bring their "A" game during times of need.
"You cannot overlook the potential sacrifice and danger they willingly put themselves in," said Stephens, "and they amaze me, they restore my hope in humanity on a daily basis and I have the privilege of being the commander."
Over 120 Kentucky guardsmen are involved in this exercise.
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