News: 181st Intelligence Wing hosts Domestic Operations Expo
Story by Senior Airman Kodie Egenolf
HULMAN FIELD AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Ind. — The 181st Intelligence Wing opened its doors July 10-11, 2014, hosting Indiana State University and the Wing’s first ever Domestic Operations Expo.
The Expo featured displays of domestic operations capabilities from the 181st IW, Indiana State University’s Unmanned Systems Program, the Indiana Civil Air Patrol, the Veteran’s Administration, the Indiana Air and Army National Guard, and local first responders.
“As a professor at ISU and the Commander of the Indiana Air National Guard I am always looking for ways to increase local and state organizations’ cooperation to more effectively support my fellow Hoosiers,” stated Brig. Gen. Jeffry Hauser, Commander of the Indiana Air National Guard and Assistant Professor at the Indiana State University’s Aviation Technology and Unmanned Systems Program.
The Expo demonstrated the multiple capabilities each organization provides and allowed an opportunity for multiple agencies to learn what other organization can provide during a disaster.
“I didn’t even realize the majority of things that are going on here, what you all are doing, and how high-tech and cutting-edge what you are doing is,” stated Rebecca Holwerda, Regional Director for Senator Dan Coats. “I’m excited to talk to him (Senator Dan Coats) and let him know there are some very exciting things going on here at the (181st) Intelligence Wing.”
All of the agencies represented play key roles during disaster response operations for Indiana.
“In today’s environment of shrinking budgets, every agency may not be able to afford every piece of equipment they could use to support their disaster response mission,” stated John Hill, Indiana Department of Homeland Security Executive Director. “Unmanned systems and inter-agency sharing of assets will be vital in future disaster response missions.”
Command Chief Master Sgt. Mitchell Brush, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chief of the National Guard Bureau visited the Expo to see first-hand the operations of the 181st IW.
“A great display is set up here and our Airman and Soldiers are showing off their products and knowledge with pride,” stated Brush. “When I represent the enlisted force at the Pentagon it’s always important for me to remember who we support and that’s the field.”
The 181st Intelligence Wing is proud to show the people of Indiana what the 181st IW does for Indiana and to have hosted such an important event for the community and military involved in DOMOPS.