• Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, rush a simulated casualty for medical evacuation, March 25, during Guardian Hammer, a weeklong, brigade-level emergency deployment readiness exercise. Aviation soldiers with 2-3 General Support Aviation Battalion, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, provided air support for 3rd ABCT soldiers throughout the EDRE.

    Guardian Hammer

    Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, rush a simulated casualty for medical evacuation, March 25, during Guardian Hammer, a weeklong, brigade-level emergency deployment readiness exercise. Aviation...

  • Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Green (right), command sergeant major for the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, is medically evacuated, March 26, in Perry, Ga., Green placed himself into the brigade's Guardian Hammer, a weeklong Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise from March 24 to 28, by acting as a lost Soldier requiring medical attention. The scenario tested a platoon of soldiers on their search and rescue abilities. (Courtesy photo by Chief Warrant Officer 3 George Dobson, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team)

    Guardian Hammer

    Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Green (right), command sergeant major for the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, is medically evacuated, March 26, in Perry, Ga., Green placed himself into the brigade's Guardian Hammer, a weeklong...

  • A MEDEVAC helicopter, operated by soldiers in 2-3 General Support Aviation Battalion, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, departs Guardian City, a cumulated City at the Guardian Center, Perry, Ga. Soldiers from 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team conducted Guardian Hammer, March 24 to 28, a brigade-level Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise. The 2-3 GSAB provided air assets throughout the week.

    Guardian Hammer

    A MEDEVAC helicopter, operated by soldiers in 2-3 General Support Aviation Battalion, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, departs Guardian City, a cumulated City at the Guardian Center, Perry, Ga. Soldiers from 3rd Armored Brigade...

  • Command Sgt. Maj. Hu Rhodes (left), senior enlisted leader for U.S. Army North (Fifth Army), and Lt. Gen. Perry Wiggins (right), ARNORTH commanding general, pose for a photo with the command team of 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, March 26, inside the command center during Guardian Hammer. Guardian Hammer was a weeklong, brigade-level Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise conducted in Perry, Ga. The 3rd ABCT, has been regionally aligned to support the U.S. Northern Command. Potential missions include responding to disasters and working with civil authorities. Active-duty military may conduct consequence management activities as part of a unified federal response when requested by a state.

    Guardian Hammer

    Command Sgt. Maj. Hu Rhodes (left), senior enlisted leader for U.S. Army North (Fifth Army), and Lt. Gen. Perry Wiggins (right), ARNORTH commanding general, pose for a photo with the command team of 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored...

  • Lt. Col. Kevin Capra, commander of the 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, briefs his Soldiers as they prepare to "deploy," March 25. The "Rock Support" soldiers were one of three battalions simulating a disaster-response deployment as part of Guardian Hammer, a weeklong, brigade-level Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise.

    Guardian Hammer

    Lt. Col. Kevin Capra, commander of the 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, briefs his Soldiers as they prepare to "deploy," March 25. The "Rock Support" soldiers were one of three battalions simulating a...

  • A soldier with 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery Regiment, talks to a local man, March 26, in the simulated "Guardian City" at the Guardian Centers in Perry, Ga., while other locals harass him. Soldiers from different battalions spent the week conducting Guardian Hammer, a brigade-level Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise. The 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division has been regionally aligned to support The U.S. Army's U.S. Northern Command. Potential missions include responding to disasters and working with civil authorities. Active-duty military may conduct consequence management activities as part of a unified federal response when requested by a state.

    Guardian Hammer

    A soldier with 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery Regiment, talks to a local man, March 26, in the simulated "Guardian City" at the Guardian Centers in Perry, Ga., while other locals harass him. Soldiers from different battalions spent the week...

  • First Sgt. Gary Sanders, with Company C, 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, talks to a role-player acting as a major news agency reporter, March 26, during Guardian Hammer, a brigade-level Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise, in Perry, Ga.

    Guardian Hammer

    First Sgt. Gary Sanders, with Company C, 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, talks to a role-player acting as a major news agency reporter, March 26, during Guardian Hammer, a brigade-level Emergency Deployment...

  • Vandals attempt to intimidate Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery Regiment, March 26, during Guardian Hammer, the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team's Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise in Perry, Ga. The 3rd ABCT has been regionally aligned to support the U.S. Northern Command. Potential missions include responding to disasters and working with civil authorities. Active-duty military may conduct consequence management activities as part of a unified federal response when requested by a state.

    Guardian Hammer

    Vandals attempt to intimidate Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery Regiment, March 26, during Guardian Hammer, the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team's Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise in Perry, Ga. The 3rd ABCT has been regionally...

  • A soldier with 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery Regiment, signals to another soldier as his group attempts to calm an increasingly agitated crowd, March 26, in the simulated Guardian City at the Guardian Centers in Perry, Ga. The 1st Bn., 10th FA Regt., was one of three battalions assessed during Guardian Hammer, a weeklong, brigade-level Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise.

    Guardian Hammer

    A soldier with 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery Regiment, signals to another soldier as his group attempts to calm an increasingly agitated crowd, March 26, in the simulated Guardian City at the Guardian Centers in Perry, Ga. The 1st Bn., 10th FA...

  • The "Rock Support" soldiers from 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery Regiment, approach a group of locals to ensure they are not in need of assistance, March 26, during Guardian Hammer, a weeklong, brigade-level Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise, at the Guardian Centers in Perry, Ga. The soldiers were called upon to protect Guardian City, a simulated city that had been hit with a 9.2 magnitude earthquake.

    Guardian Hammer

    The "Rock Support" soldiers from 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery Regiment, approach a group of locals to ensure they are not in need of assistance, March 26, during Guardian Hammer, a weeklong, brigade-level Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise...

  • A role player waits for medical attention, March 26, during the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team's Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise in Perry, Ga., from March 24 to 28.

    Guardian Hammer

    A role player waits for medical attention, March 26, during the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team's Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise in Perry, Ga., from March 24 to 28.

  • Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, and the 2-3 General Support Aviation Battalion, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, Fort Stewart, Ga. - both part of the 3rd Infantry Division -participated in an emergency deployment readiness exercise (EDRE), March 24 to 28, at the Guardian Centers in Perry, Ga. The 3rd ABCT has been regionally aligned to support the U.S. Northern Command. Potential missions include responding to disasters and working with civil authorities. Active-duty military may conduct consequence management activities as part of a unified federal response when requested by a state.

    Guardian Hammer

    Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, and the 2-3 General Support Aviation Battalion, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, Fort Stewart, Ga. - both part of the 3rd Infantry Division -participated in an emergency...

  • Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, talk with local residents in the simulated Guardian City, in Perry, Ga., March 25. The 1st Bn., 15th inf. Reg., along with two other 3rd ABCT battalions, worked with the 2-3 General Support Aviation Battalion, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, Fort Stewart, Ga. - both part of the 3rd Infantry Division -during an emergency deployment readiness exercise (EDRE) March 24 to 28.  The 3rd ABCT has been regionally aligned to support the U.S. Northern Command. Potential missions include responding to disasters and working with civil authorities. Active-duty military may conduct consequence management activities as part of a unified federal response when requested by a state.

    Guardian Hammer

    Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, talk with local residents in the simulated Guardian City, in Perry, Ga., March 25. The 1st Bn., 15th inf. Reg., along with two other 3rd ABCT battalions, worked with...

  • Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, rush a simulated casualty for medical evacuation, March 25, during Guardian Hammer, a weeklong, brigade-level emergency deployment readiness exercise.

    Guardian Hammer

    Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, rush a simulated casualty for medical evacuation, March 25, during Guardian Hammer, a weeklong, brigade-level emergency deployment readiness exercise.

  • Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd infantry Division, head into Kefurt Gym on Kelley Hill, March 24, after being alerted of a civil support deployment as part of the brigade's Guardian Hammer. Guardian Hammer, March 24 - 28, was a brigade-wide Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise conducted in Perry, Ga., and challenged soldiers in a variety of disaster response and civil support scenarios.

    Guardian Hammer

    Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd infantry Division, head into Kefurt Gym on Kelley Hill, March 24, after being alerted of a civil support deployment as part of the brigade's Guardian Hammer...

  • Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, and the 2-3 General Support Aviation Battalion, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, Fort Stewart, Ga. - both part of the 3rd Infantry Division - participated in an emergency deployment readiness exercise (EDRE), March 25, at the Guardian Centers in Perry, Ga. The 3rd ABCT has been regionally aligned to support the U.S. Northern Command. Potential missions include responding to disasters and working with civil authorities. Active-duty military may conduct consequence management activities as part of a unified federal response when requested by a state.

    Guardian Hammer

    Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, and the 2-3 General Support Aviation Battalion, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, Fort Stewart, Ga. - both part of the 3rd Infantry Division - participated in an emergency...

  • Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, rush a simulated casualty for medical evacuation, March 25, during Guardian Hammer, a weeklong, brigade-level emergency deployment readiness exercise.

    Guardian Hammer

    Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, rush a simulated casualty for medical evacuation, March 25, during Guardian Hammer, a weeklong, brigade-level emergency deployment readiness exercise.

  • Spc. Erika Savage, with Company F, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, refuels a vehicle after the unit "deployed" from Fort Benning, Ga., to Perry, Ga., as part of Guardian Hammer.

    Guardian Hammer

    Spc. Erika Savage, with Company F, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, refuels a vehicle after the unit "deployed" from Fort Benning, Ga., to Perry, Ga., as part of Guardian Hammer.

  • Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, attempt to treat wounded civilians while calming a family member, March 25, during one of many scenarios they faced during Guardian Hammer. Guardian Hammer, which took place between March 24 to 28, was an emergency deployment readiness exercise (EDRE).

    Guardian Hammer

    Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, attempt to treat wounded civilians while calming a family member, March 25, during one of many scenarios they faced during Guardian Hammer. Guardian Hammer, which...

  • Air assets with 2-3 General Support Aviation Battalion, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, Fort Stewart, Ga., buzz past a soldier with 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, March 25, at the Guardian Centers in Perry, Ga. Battalions in the 3rd ABCT participated in Guardian Hammer, a brigade-level emergency deployment readiness exercise (EDRE), March 24 to 28.

    Guardian Hammer

    Air assets with 2-3 General Support Aviation Battalion, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, Fort Stewart, Ga., buzz past a soldier with 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, March 25, at the Guardian Centers in Perry, Ga...

  • Medics with 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, stabilize a simulated casualty and prepare a nine line MEDEVAC request, March 25, during the brigade's Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise in Perry, Ga.

    Guardian Hammer

    Medics with 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, stabilize a simulated casualty and prepare a nine line MEDEVAC request, March 25, during the brigade's Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise in Perry, Ga.

  • A soldier with 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, covers his ears and tucks his head as a medical evacuation Black Hawk, belonging to the 2-3 General Support Aviation Battalion, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, prepares to leave a landing zone, March 25. The soldiers of 1st Bn., 15th Inf. Regt., were simulating MEDEVAC procedures during an emergency deployment readiness exercise (EDRE), March 24 to 28, at the Guardian Centers in Perry, Ga. The 3rd ABCT has been regionally aligned to support the U.S. Northern Command. Potential missions include responding to disasters and working with civil authorities. Active-duty military may conduct consequence management activities as part of a unified federal response when requested by a state.

    Guardian Hammer

    A soldier with 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, covers his ears and tucks his head as a medical evacuation Black Hawk, belonging to the 2-3 General Support Aviation Battalion, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, prepares...

  • A soldier with 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, talks with a federal aid worker, March 25, during one of many scenarios conducted for Guardian Hammer, a weeklong brigade-level emergency deployment readiness exercise (EDRE) at the Guardian Centers in Perry, Ga. The 3rd ABCT has been regionally aligned to support the U.S. Northern Command. Potential missions include responding to disasters and working with civil authorities. Active-duty military may conduct consequence management activities as part of a unified federal response when requested by a state.

    Guardian Hammer

    A soldier with 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, talks with a federal aid worker, March 25, during one of many scenarios conducted for Guardian Hammer, a weeklong brigade-level emergency deployment readiness...

  • Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, stand guard at a check point, March 26, at the Guardian Centers in Perry, Ga. The soldiers were taking part in Guardian Week, a weeklong, brigade-level Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise, which had the soldiers encountering a variety of scenarios aimed at testing their ability to handle civil support operations.

    Guardian Hammer

    Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, stand guard at a check point, March 26, at the Guardian Centers in Perry, Ga. The soldiers were taking part in Guardian Week, a weeklong, brigade-level...

PERRY, Ga. - A woman screams out for her baby to wake up. A crowd shouts, demanding food. Others are looting stores and vandalizing cars. A city is in shambles.

On March 24, soldiers with 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, were the first to get the deployment alert. A 9.2 magnitude earthquake had hit Guardian City, and they needed to help control the streets by keeping residents away from collapsed buildings and guiding them to local and federal agencies providing food, water, medical services and shelter.

Two other battalions in the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team would be called on for this mission - 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery Regiment, and 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment- as part of Guardian Hammer, a weeklong, brigade-level Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise that brought the soldiers to the Guardian Centers in Perry, Ga., from March 25 to 28.

"With the [3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team] being assigned the regionally aligned force mission within the U.S. Northern Command area of operation, it's imperative that our soldiers know how to respond to disasters within the homeland," said Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Green, the 3rd ABCT command sergeant major. "It's a paradigm shift for us, from the kinetic action to more of the civil, domestic response and we need all of the opportunity we can to be prepared for it in the event that we're called."

The sprawling 830-acre complex, nearly 100 miles east of Fort Benning, provided an environment for soldiers to see firsthand the various situations they may find themselves in during disaster response missions. Military and civilian role players acted as concerned residents, thugs and vandals, and media representatives.

"The military is trying to provide some kind of security for the organizations here that will provide food, water and all types of help for the natural disaster here at the city," said Staff Sgt. Ricardo Junco, the noncommissioned officer in charge of military role players with Company A, 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion. "The soldiers are here to supervise and make sure nothing goes wrong, and then call on the proper civilian authorities."

Junco said his position in the exercise allowed him to guide the civilian role players in developing scenarios that were more fitting to what the soldiers would see in their roles during disaster response compared to other agencies.

Local and federal agencies, including police departments and FEMA, were on hand to provide their assistance as part of their own annual training requirements. Air support for simulated medical evacuations was provided by soldiers from the 2-3 General Support Aviation Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, based out of Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.

"A lot of soldiers have never had to do operations on the homeland, so training to conduct those operations for future [the USNORTHCOM] missions is essential," said Sgt. 1st Class Franklin Marquez, an observer controller with Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 3rd BSTB.

The initial shock-and-awe of what the soldiers saw awaiting them in Guardian City quickly faded as they realized they needed to react quickly to help the residents who were looking to them for answers, said Marquez. "As the time continued, the soldiers got more comfortable with the different mission sets. They were really helpful."

For the soldiers, an EDRE was not a new concept. They have executed company- and battalion-level EDREs in the months leading up to Guardian Hammer.

"It's been outstanding," said Green. "Soldiers will do what we ask the soldiers to do. They never cease to amaze me, personally. As we give them more and more difficult missions, they figure out how to make it happen, and that's what it's all about-to give them the intent, the task and the purpose and to have them figure out how to make it happen the best way possible."

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