• Joint Force Headquarters - National Capital Region Capital Shield 13 Exercise Director Cory Wright stands in front of JFHQ-NCR Commanding General Maj. Gen. Michael S. Linnington providing details to guests on the training activities happening around them.  CS 13 is a regional training exercise coordinated by JFHQ-NCR with its federal and regional interagency partners to train on essential defense support to civil authorities' tasks within the National Capital Region. The exercise took place Oct. 9-12 at several locations in the NCR, including the D.C. Fire Department Blue Plains Training Academy in Washington D.C. This annual training exercise improves the readiness and interagency cooperation of  DoD, federal and local government agencies to test interoperability for an event impacting the area and to provide appropriate training on force protection measures during the 2013 Presidential Inauguration. During the exercise military and civilian first responders participated in a series of emergency exercises including mock rescues, triage and medical treatment to ensure government agencies at every level are ready to protect the public in the event of an actual disaster in the National Capital Region

    First responders hone skills in DC

    Joint Force Headquarters - National Capital Region Capital Shield 13 Exercise Director Cory Wright stands in front of JFHQ-NCR Commanding General Maj. Gen. Michael S. Linnington providing details to guests on the training activities happening around...

  • A Soldier from the 911th Technical Rescue Engineer Company discusses rescue procedures with a civilian first responder during Capital Shield 13.  CS 13 is a regional training exercise coordinated by JFHQ-NCR with its federal and regional interagency partners to train on essential defense support to civil authorities' tasks within the National Capital Region. The exercise took place Oct. 9-12 at several locations in the NCR, including the D.C. Fire Department Blue Plains Training Academy in Washington D.C. This annual training exercise improves the readiness and interagency cooperation of  DoD, federal and local government agencies to test interoperability for an event impacting the area and to provide appropriate training on force protection measures during the 2013 Presidential Inauguration. During the exercise military and civilian first responders participated in a series of emergency exercises including mock rescues, triage and medical treatment to ensure government agencies at every level are ready to protect the public in the event of an actual disaster in the National Capital Region.

    First responders hone skills in DC

    A Soldier from the 911th Technical Rescue Engineer Company discusses rescue procedures with a civilian first responder during Capital Shield 13. CS 13 is a regional training exercise coordinated by JFHQ-NCR with its federal and regional interagency...

  • Soldiers from the 911th Technical Rescue Engineer Company discuss rescue procedures during Capital Shield 13.  CS 13 is a regional training exercise coordinated by JFHQ-NCR with its federal and regional interagency partners to train on essential defense support to civil authorities' tasks within the National Capital Region. The exercise took place Oct. 9-12 at several locations in the NCR, including the D.C. Fire Department Blue Plains Training Academy in Washington D.C. This annual training exercise improves the readiness and interagency cooperation of  DoD, federal and local government agencies to test interoperability for an event impacting the area and to provide appropriate training on force protection measures during the 2013 Presidential Inauguration. During the exercise military and civilian first responders participated in a series of emergency exercises including mock rescues, triage and medical treatment to ensure government agencies at every level are ready to protect the public in the event of an actual disaster in the National Capital Region.

    First responders hone skills in DC

    Soldiers from the 911th Technical Rescue Engineer Company discuss rescue procedures during Capital Shield 13. CS 13 is a regional training exercise coordinated by JFHQ-NCR with its federal and regional interagency partners to train on essential...

  • Capt. Langston Turner, the 911th Technical Rescue Engineer Company Commanding Officer discusses training details with a member of the Alexandria Va. Technical Rescue team during Capital Shield 13.   CS 13 is a regional training exercise coordinated by JFHQ-NCR with its federal and regional interagency partners to train on essential defense support to civil authorities' tasks within the National Capital Region. The exercise took place Oct. 9-12 at several locations in the NCR, including the D.C. Fire Department Blue Plains Training Academy in Washington D.C. This annual training exercise improves the readiness and interagency cooperation of  DoD, federal and local government agencies to test interoperability for an event impacting the area and to provide appropriate training on force protection measures during the 2013 Presidential Inauguration. During the exercise military and civilian first responders participated in a series of emergency exercises including mock rescues, triage and medical treatment to ensure government agencies at every level are ready to protect the public in the event of an actual disaster in the National Capital Region.

    First responders hone skills in DC

    Capt. Langston Turner, the 911th Technical Rescue Engineer Company Commanding Officer discusses training details with a member of the Alexandria Va. Technical Rescue team during Capital Shield 13. CS 13 is a regional training exercise coordinated by...

  • A Soldier from the 911th Technical Rescue Engineer Company prepares to cut through a steel plate in order to provide access for other rescue team members during Capital Shield 13.  CS 13 is a regional training exercise coordinated by JFHQ-NCR with its federal and regional interagency partners to train on essential defense support to civil authorities' tasks within the National Capital Region. The exercise took place Oct. 9-12 at several locations in the NCR, including the D.C. Fire Department Blue Plains Training Academy in Washington D.C. This annual training exercise improves the readiness and interagency cooperation of  DoD, federal and local government agencies to test interoperability for an event impacting the area and to provide appropriate training on force protection measures during the 2013 Presidential Inauguration. During the exercise military and civilian first responders participated in a series of emergency exercises including mock rescues, triage and medical treatment to ensure government agencies at every level are ready to protect the public in the event of an actual disaster in the National Capital Region.

    First responders hone skills in DC

    A Soldier from the 911th Technical Rescue Engineer Company prepares to cut through a steel plate in order to provide access for other rescue team members during Capital Shield 13. CS 13 is a regional training exercise coordinated by JFHQ-NCR with its...

WASHINGTON (Oct. 11, 2012) -- More than 300 first responders from dozens of military and civilian organizations in and around the National Capital Region practiced life saving and emergency response techniques during Capital Shield '13; an annual training exercise conducted by the Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region from 9 - 12 Oct.

Capital Shield 2013 includes a variety of Homeland Defense and Defense Support of Civil Authorities scenarios bringing federal and local agencies together to realistically test interagency operability to an event impacting the District of Columbia, Va., and Md.

"This is a great opportunity to work with our interagency partners and focus on the procedures needed to save lives and protect property during an actual emergency," said Cory Wright, JFHQ-NCR, Chief Exercise Branch. "We have approximately 200 individual first responders here at the DC Fire Academy and a more than 100 responders at other locations."

The training scenario involved simulated acts of terror, severe weather and mass casualty incidents that provided an opportunity to practice communicating with and working alongside the myriad first responders in the NCR.

"Our work evolved over the past 40-years from mostly construction accidents, to responding to large events such as the 911 attacks on the Pentagon to the recent building collapse in Prince Georges County in August," said John A. Donnelly, Deputy Fire Chief Washington D.C. Fire/EMS Department and also the incident commander during the exercise. "Today my department is working primarily the Incident Management Team as well as a rescue squad and caving unit task force. This type of training's biggest benefit is the networking between the various responders operating in the D.C. area and of course the specific training for technical rescue folk is great."

According to JFHQ-NCR exercise planners, this type of training contributes to overall regional preparedness and demonstrates the military's ability to effectively communicate, share information, and work alongside its civilian interagency partners in most any scenario.

"My Soldiers are using the new plasma cutters, four new 10-ton dump trucks as well as a number of other upgrades we have received from the Army's Force Modernization Program, and this exercise really gives them a chance to use this equipment as they practice their skills," said Capt. Langston Turner, the 911th Technical Rescue Engineer Company Commanding Officer. "Our main focus is to work in the incident command structure with the D.C. Fire Department who is the Incident Commander at this exercise. We support them here just as we would in a real world incident."

The 911th was originally activated in 1989 as the Military District of Washington Engineer Company, and was modeled after a FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Heavy Task Force.

On Sept. 11, 2001, the unit was put to the ultimate test when terrorists crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the west side of the Pentagon and for 10 days the company was engaged in rescue and recovery operations. On Sept. 11, 2006, the five year anniversary of the attack on the Pentagon, the MDW Engineer Company was officially re-designated as the 911th Technical Rescue Engineer Company.

"Capital Shield provides a great venue to hone individual and unit skill sets for military personnel to support federal, state and local agencies during consequence management operations," said Wright. "Responding quickly with the right support for civil authorities demands a common frame of reference. We are shaping the operational environment when we work with our civil partners -- comprehending our strengths and weaknesses and, most importantly, truly communicating when we talk with one another."

The command routinely conducts exercises such as CS13 to enable its service members, as part of a joint, interagency team, to maintain a high level of tactical and technical proficiency needed to operate and succeed in the complex environment of the National Capital Region.

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