U.S. Air Force Chaplain (Col.) Paul Franz, state chaplain, presents at the Alpine Guard 2018 exercise’s commander’s update brief to U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Gregory White, commander of Joint Task Force – Centennial, Colorado National Guard April 5, 2018.
During Alpine Guard, CONG partnered with several local and state jurisdictions, government agencies, and non-governmental agencies to exercise response capabilities to assist civil authorities and residents during a disaster response April 3-6, as part of Alpine Guard 2018.
Alpine Guard involved a coordinated response to power and communications failures caused by tornado and floods scenarios affecting Morgan, Elbert, Archuleta, and Denver counties, and the Southern Ute Tribe.
National Guard capabilities to be assessed include aerial and ground search and rescue, security, hazardous material response, fatality search and recovery, immediate medical response and triage, civil engineering structural assessment, communications, and logistics including reception, staging, onward movement, and integration of responders, and emergency supplies distribution.