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Minnesota National Guards 55th Civil Support Team trains with agencies aboard U.S. Coast Guard vessel

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct 17

ST PAUL, Minn - The Minnesota National Guard's 55th Civil Support Team is scheduled Thursday to conduct a maritime operations training exercise in Duluth, Minn

"The 55th Civil Support Team requested to respond to an incident at Duluth's harbor to increase their ability to respond to diverse scenarios in different environments," said Army Maj Thomas J Krenz, 55th Civil Support Team Deputy Commander

"We're working in conjunction with the US Coast Guard, FBI, Duluth Fire Department, Department of Energy, Homeland Security and Emergency Management and Essentia Health," said Krenz "The exercise scenario will take place on the retired US Coast Guard Cutter, SUNDEW"

"Last year, the 55th Civil Support Team assisted local, state and federal agencies on 14 occasions, including a high-profile mission supporting the Minnesota Department of Health involving a confirmed case of inhalation Anthrax," said Krenz "We continually train with inter-agencies to indentify, assess, advise and assist in the detection and analysis of Weapons of Mass Destruction"

Members of the media are invited to observe the exercise scheduled Oct 18 from 10:30 am to 12 pm The SUNDEW is docked in the vicinity of Railroad St and South 8th Ave W, Duluth, Minn Exercise participants will be available for interview If you would like to attend, RSVP to Army Maj Kristen L Auge at 651-268-8961 or kristenauge@us.army.mil

For more information on the Minnesota National Guard, visit www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs at ngmn.public.affairs@ng.army.mil or call 651-282-4410

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