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148th Fighter Wing trains with Mobile Emergency Operations Center

Mobile Emergency Operations Center DULUTH, Minn - “This provides a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate the capabilities that the National Guard is receiving and can provide in time of a disaster to the local emergency responders who normally wouldn’t see it,” said Master Sgt Cameron Stufflebeam, 132nd Fighter Wing installation emergency manager

The 132nd Fighter Wing has brought a Mobile Emergency Operations Center (MEOC), a regional FEMA asset, to the 148th Fighter Wing as part of Vigilant Guard 2015, a National Guard Bureau-US Northern Command initiative running Aug 24-28, 2015, that is intended to foster and enhance cooperation between National Guard and state interagency partners

According to Stufflebeam, a MEOC provides the community’s incident commanders with the ability to manage and mitigate events ranging from natural disasters and major accidents to incidents involving weapons of mass destruction, through a rapidly deployed interoperable communications suite and emergency response support

From laptops with wireless internet access to various radio communications options, a MEOC can be deployed within 25 hours of notification, is operationally capable 30 minutes after arrival on-scene and is able to self-sustain for three to five days of continuous operations

In addition to incident command, a MEOC also supports first responders, local responding agencies and emergency management

The Minnesota National Guard builds and maintains relationships with local, state and federal partners to ensure a coordinated response to disasters As part of these relationships, a MEOC provides integral support in disaster response through the ability to interface with local radio frequencies, provision of a weather station, satellite television and a long range on-scene camera with recording capabilities

Four Vigilant Guard exercises have been conducted annually throughout the United States since 2006

Story by Tech Sgt Scott Herrington
148th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Aug 25, 2015



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