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Minnesota National Guard, agency partners scheduled to participate in exercise at Camp Ripley

Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Aug 6

ST PAUL, Minn - The Minnesota National Guard's Joint Force Headquarters is scheduled to conduct a domestic training exercise this week at Camp Ripley, Little Falls, Minn, in preparation for a larger exercise in 2015

"This exercise is designed to establish and strengthen working relationships with our local, county or state agencies, non-governmental organizations and emergency management partners," said Army Brig Gen William J Lieder, Minnesota National Guard's Director of the Joint Staff

"Some of our objectives include validating roles and responsibilities, reviewing procedures and exercising communication systems," said Lieder "Fourteen agencies or organizations are involved in the two-day event It's important to not be handing out business cards when a disaster strikes"

"This exercise is part of a series of events leading to the Vigilant Guard exercise scheduled for September 2015," said Lieder "Vigilant Guard is an all-hazard, full-scale exercise  Our last exercise was held in January and revolved around a cyber event caused by nature, an act of terrorism or crime"

MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA ARE INVITED TO ATTEND the exercise on Thursday, Aug 8 from 9 am to 11:30 pm at Camp Ripley, 15000 Highway 115, Little Falls, Minn 

For media escort information, media are asked to RSVP by contacting Army Maj Kristen L Auge, Minnesota National Guard's Deputy Director of Public Affairs at 952-913-5979 or kristen.l.auge.mil@mail.mil          

For more information on the Minnesota National Guard visit www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org or follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MinnesotaNationalGuard 

    FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs at mn.ng.web@mail.mil or call 651-282-4410

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