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    Nebraska leadership visits Soldiers and Airmen during PATRIOT Exercise 2015

    Nebraska leadership visits PATRIOT Exercise 2015

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Koan Nissen | Nebraska Lt. Gov. Mike Foley receives his lunch from Airman 1st Class Brooke Batha, a...... read more read more



    Story by Staff Sgt. Koan Nissen 

    111th Public Affairs Detachment

    VOLK FIELD, Wis. - Some of Nebraska’s top military and elected leadership took time to visit the state’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package, or CERFP, during PATRIOT Exercise 2015 at Volk Field, Wisconsin, July 22.

    Maj. Gen. Daryl Bohac, the adjutant general of the Nebraska National Guard, says it’s important for Soldiers and Airmen to see their leadership, but it’s also important for their leadership to see them and their capabilities.

    “The first part of why [we’re here] is to see how our Soldiers and Airmen are training,” said Bohac. “This is about preparedness—pure and simple.”

    Bohac, who was accompanied by Brig. Gen. Richard Dahlman, the assistant adjutant general-Army for the Nebraska National Guard, extended invitations to several Nebraska government leaders.

    “Lt. Gov. Mike Foley and two state senators, Sen. (Dave) Bloomfield and Sen. (Matt) Hansen, came up here with us so they could see our Soldiers and understand our capabilities better,” he said.

    “This is very impressive to see 1,349 personnel all coordinated trying to respond to a simulated natural disaster,” said Nebraska Lt. Gov. Mike Foley. “It’s just an amazing operation.”

    Foley recognizes the value of realistic training, and how emergency preparedness is an essential part of the Guard’s mission.

    “You can’t train enough; you just don’t know what’s around the corner,” he said. “I’m delighted there are so many Nebraskans up here. The training is very valuable and will ultimately serve the people of the state of Nebraska very well during a time of need.”

    The PATRIOT Exercise 2015 simulated a real-world natural disaster in a controlled environment. This allowed Soldiers and Airmen to train in a realistic, but safer, manner.



    Date Taken: 07.23.2015
    Date Posted: 07.23.2015 12:55
    Story ID: 170880
    Location: VOLK FIELD, WI, US 

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