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    Nevada Guard senior leaders host State congressional and local political leaders

    Nevada National Guard senior leaders and group of Nevada's state and local political leaders during a tour of the North Las Vegas Readiness Center

    Photo By Master Sgt. Garrett Wake | Nevada congressional staff and local community leaders visit the North Las Vegas...... read more read more



    Story by Master Sgt. Garrett Wake 

    152nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs

    LAS VEGAS — The Nevada National Guard hosted a group of congressional staffers and local Southern Nevada community leaders on a tour of the North Las Vegas Readiness Center and at a nearby training exercise, April 14, 2022. The event aimed to bring together the Nevada Guard’s senior leaders with the state’s political leadership to network and show how the Guard supports local communities in Southern Nevada.

    “The Nevada Guard has a significant impact here in Clark County, not only in our response to the pandemic, but in other important aspects as well,” said Lt. Col. Desirée Broussard, who headed planning for the event.

    The event began with a round of introductions and a presentation on the state Guard’s missions, including the pivotal role it played in the SARS-COV-2 pandemic response. The group of military and civilian leaders then travelled on two UH-60 Blackhawks to an open area about seven miles northeast of the Las Vegas Speedway. Here, the group observed a portion of a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) and high-yield explosive Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) exercise.

    The CERFP provides immediate CBRN incident response capabilities to the governor, including incident site search of collapsed buildings and structures, rescue tasks to extract trapped casualties, mass decontamination, medical triage and initial treatment to stabilize patients for transport to medical facilities by the incident commander, and the recovery of CBRN incident fatalities.

    “The CERFP team is always prepared to support and assist our local communities in the event of a disaster,” said Gen. Troy Armstrong, Land Component Commander for the Nevada National Guard. “This was a great opportunity to showcase the collaboration between our joint Army and Air Guard forces, along with local and regional civilian emergency responders.”

    In the presence of the state’s political leaders, the Nevada guard senior leadership presented a group of Soldiers and Airmen with awards recognizing their distinguished efforts during the exercise. This included members from both the Nevada and Arizona National Guard.

    “You certainly showcased the great work you all do on a daily basis to protect the state and the Nation,” said Brendan Vargas, Regional Representative and Veterans Outreach Manager for Sen. Jacky Rosen.

    The group returned to the North Las Vegas Readiness Center to view static displays of an M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle and an M1A1 AIM-SA Abrams tank. They also received a presentation from the 1-221st Cavalry Regiment on their mission and capabilities.

    “The genuine pride and excitement the Airmen and Soldiers displayed while explaining their missions energized everyone and made a great connection,” said Broussard. “The better we know each other, the more we can assist each other.”

    The Nevada National Guard’s senior leadership team plans to make this a recurring event, where the state’s political leaders and leaders of the National Guard further network and inform on updates, successes and future plans.

    Participants included staffers from the offices of Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, Sen. Jacky Rosen, Rep. Steven Horsford, Rep. Susie Lee, and Rep. Dina Titus; Mr. James Gibson, Clark County Commissioner; Mayor John Lee, North Las Vegas; and Ms. Meggan Holzer, Clark County Rural Towns Liaison.



    Date Taken: 04.21.2022
    Date Posted: 04.22.2022 10:22
    Story ID: 419019
    Location: LAS VEGAS, NV, US 

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