Vermont National Guard Logo News
News | June 25, 2018

N.Y. Guard MPs train with Vermont Guard troops at Fort Drum

By Spc. Andrew Valenza New York National Guard

FORT DRUM, N.Y. — A 36-hour base security exercise was the highlight for Soldiers of the 206th Military Police Company during their June 3-21 annual training at Fort Drum.

The Soldiers from the 206th were conducting an extended annual training of 19 days—instead of the normal 14 days - with the Vermont National Guard's 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

The Vermont brigade was conducting an of eXportable Combat Training Capability exercise, known as xCTC for short, which tests a unit's readiness.

The New York MPs were attached to the 186th Forward Support Battalion, the Vermont brigade's support element.

This XCTC training event was conducted to prepare the 86th Brigade for a May 2019 deployment to the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana. Soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division acted as the opposing force during the training, while the 1st Army provided evaluators.

For the base defense exercise, 108 Soldiers from three platoons secured the 186th's location with Humvees and Oshkosh Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV). The company's 1st platoon manned the entry control point, the 3rd platoon handled the perimeter and the 2nd platoon was the quick reaction force.

Soldiers woke up at 4:30 a.m. on the morning of June 13 to begin the exercise. Teams of 2 to 4 MPs moved their vehicles into position to begin an eight-hour shift.

The perimeter was set by three M-ATVs, 20 Humvees, three Load Handling System 8-Wheelers, and five Light Medium Tactical Vehicles.

Throughout the day, U.S. Army Soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division stationed at Fort Drum would attack the MPs, using blank rounds, and a firefight would engage.

One of the largest attacks came on the morning of June 14.

At about 7:30 a.m. Soldiers from first platoon stationed at the base's main gate were approached by role players dressed in Middle Eastern attire approached the MPs asking for food.

The female role players were there to see how the MPs would react. As the women tried to push through the gate, the Soldiers attempted to make them leave. In the end, some of the women were arrested.

As that was going on, the platoon also came under attack from the operational force.

Since the units were firing blanks, evaluators determined who was shot and how they were injured. When that happened, the rest of the team would respond and begin caring for the wounded Soldier.

Cadet Eric Brodbeck, an ROTC student at Syracuse University, said the training was excellent and enjoyable too.

"It's really fun," Brodbeck said, "I'm loving that…just doing real world stuff, you know?"

By the time the training had finished, the Soldiers from the 206th had fired 5,700 rounds of blank 5.56 ammunition for M-4s; 9,600 rounds of linked 5.56 ammunition for the squad automatic weapon; 4,000 rounds of 7.62mm, and 2000 50-caliber rounds.

206th MP Company 1st Sgt. Nicholas Pardi, said the 186th Forward Support Battalion leadership made the Soldiers from the 206th feel welcome.

"They've taken really good care of us…and they love having us here," he said.

Capt. Wade Collins, the 206th commander, said his Soldiers did great during the training. He makes it a point to get out and visit each platoon and each platoon was doing well, Collins said.

"Overall I'm very impressed with each of my platoons and my headquarters," he said.

National Guard News
An F-15 Eagle assigned to the 125th Fighter Wing, Florida Air National Guard, flies over the Air Dominance Center in Savannah, Georgia, during exercise Sentry Savannah 22-1 May 12, 2022. Sentry Savannah is the Air National Guard’s premier counter air exercise, encompassing 10 units of fourth- and fifth- generation fighter aircraft.
Sentry Savannah builds warfighter readiness, lethality
By Tech. Sgt. Morgan Whitehouse, | May 25, 2022
SAVANNAH, Ga. – About 1,300 Total Force Airmen, joint personnel and civilian partners and more than 50 airframes participated in exercise Sentry Savannah May 2-15.Hosted by the Air Dominance Center at Savannah’s Combat...

Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, visits with Hawaii Army National Guard members, Maui, Hawaii, March 5, 2022. Hokanson testified May 24, 2022, before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense about operations of the Air and Army National Guard.
Recent events, past decades have transformed Guard, chief says
By Air Force Master Sgt. Erich B. Smith, | May 24, 2022
ARLINGTON, Va. – The past 20 years have proven the National Guard has transformed from a strategic reserve to an operational force, the chief of the National Guard Bureau told lawmakers Tuesday.Addressing the House Committee...

Two F-15C Eagles from the 144th Fighter Wing and two F-22 Raptors from the 3rd Fighter Wing prepare to take off from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, April 18, 2022, during an Aerospace Control Alert training scramble. It has been almost a decade since F-15 Eagles have sat alert in the region, protecting the airspace of the United States and Canada.
144th Fighter Wing trains for fighter jet integration in Alaska
By Capt. Jason Sanchez, | May 24, 2022
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Ten U.S. Air Force F-15s and more than 200 Airmen assigned to the California Air National Guard’s 144th Fighter Wing deployed to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, to support Dissimilar Aircraft...

A ceremonial groundbreaking is held May 19, 2022, for an energy resilience project at Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos, California. From left: Stephanie Kline, project director, and Robert Hughes, executive director, both with the U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives; Robert Smith, president of Bright Canyon Energy; Paul Farnan, principal deputy, assistant Secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment; U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Refugio Rosas, from the 40th Infantry Division, California Army National Guard; Anthony Marasa, project manager with Bright Canyon Energy; and Lt. Col. Manju Vig, garrison commander of Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos.
Solar project begins on Los Alamitos joint base
By Staff Sgt. Crystal Housman, | May 24, 2022
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. – A 100-acre solar project that will bolster the power grid in Southern California and provide two weeks of emergency power for Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos, broke ground May 19.The...

Alabama Air National Guard Master Sgt. Nathan Friday refuels a KC-135 Stratotanker the day before a joint midair refueling exercise with the 117th Air Refueling Wing and Romanian Air
Force in Bucharest, Romania, May 16, 2022. The Alabama Guard and Romania are partners under the Department of Defense National Guard Bureau State Partnership Program.
Alabama Air National Guard, Romania complete exercise
By Sgt. Samuel Hartley, | May 24, 2022
BUCHAREST, ROMANIA - Alabama Air National Guard members from the 117th Air Refueling Wing conducted a week-long joint exercise with the Romanian Ministry of Defense and Romanian Air Force.U.S. Airmen and Romanian F-16 pilots...