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Minnesota National Guard
Vigilant Guard Exercise Begins with Accountability

Vigilant Guard Exercise Begins with Accountability CAMP RIPLEY, Minn - More than 1100 Minnesota National Guardsmen, 320 other military members from across the country, and nearly 500 members of state and local emergency response agencies are participating in the Vigilant Guard exercise at three venues across the state: Duluth, Camp Ripley and StPaul Aug 24-28, 2015

"Our exercise is a state activation to several fictitious scenarios that are staged in the Duluth area," said Capt Sara Behr, acting Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs Officer at Camp Ripley "While the scenario is directly relevant to agencies in Duluth, each site plays a part in the overall exercise," continue Behr

At Camp Ripley, members of the 147th Human Resources Company, 347th Regional Support Group are assigned the task of in-processing and accounting for the personnel and equipment being gathered from several different agencies and states while they respond to simulated hazards on Camp Ripley

"Our mission is the Joint Reception-Staging-Onward movement and Integration, or JRSOI, for each unit and organization operation in our area," said 1st Lt Takeisha Hunt of the 147th Human Resources Company

The JRSOI is a process of accounting for personnel and equipment needed to accomplish the mission requirements while ensuring safe and effective functionality of all assets moving into and returning from the exercise

"We lead personnel through the process of verifying their readiness before moving to the mission; making sure that all administrative needs are being met so as not to reduce the overall effectiveness of the team," said Spc Joshlyn Duevel, JRSOI Briefer

"It's a great command and control tool for eliminating any unnecessary distractions that could come up during the excitement of an activation such as this," said Capt Jeremiah Hellenbrand, of the Wisconsin National Guard

Stations include; vehicle inspection, personnel accountability, medical, assignments, logistics and communications
"It's a big process to build up into  Our training for this exercise began ten months ago to verify that each step in this in-processing goes smoothly," added Hunt

The 347th regional Support Group is operating as the central hub for military units, state agencies and community first responders to operate with as they react to the exercise organized to enhance the collective cooperation between the National Guard and interagency partners

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