10, 2003, 20:39 EST
Infantry and Roanoke City Police conduct joint training exercise
from 1-116th Infantry stand ready against a group of protestors
during their training exercise at Fort Pickett. Photo by Maj.
Cotton Puryear. For more photos, click HERE.
BLACKSTONE, Va. - The 1st
Battalion, 116th Infantry, stationed in Roanoke, Va. and the City of
Roanoke, Va. Police Department conducted a combined training exercise
at Ft. Pickett in Blackstone, Va. on June 10, 2003. The objective of
the training exercise was to enhance interagency coordination for military
assistance to civil authorities in the event of civil unrest or similar
“Working together like this gives us a better understanding of
each other’s capabilities,” said Lt. Col Fred Doyle, commander
of the 1st Battalion. “It also gives us confidence in knowing
how each other operates, and allows us to come together as a joint task
force if we need to.”
The scenario for the training event was a group of protestors that took
a violent turn into rioters, with the National Guard and local police
authorities responding to the incident. National Guard soldiers dressed
in civilian clothes acted as protestors to provide realistic training
for the rest of the Guard unit and the police officers.
Doyle said he felt the training event was a success, and that the units
involved reacted appropriately to the scenario.
The exercise tooke advantage of training facilities at Ft. Pickett including
the Military Operation on Urban Terrain site or MOUT site. The MOUT
site allows training units to work through various operational and logistical
exercises in an urban setting.
After the morning exercise, the unit’s conducted after action
reviews at all levels to discuss what went well during the exercise
and should be maintained, and what did not go so well and should be
Approximately 170 Virginia National Guard soldiers and 40 law enforcement
officers participated in the exercise. It also included the use of City
of Roanoke Police Department mounted patrol and K-9 units.
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