Breaking Walls
1 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers of the 911th Technical Rescue Engineer Company, 12th Aviation Battalion, The Army Aviation Brigade, conduct training during Capital Shield for Urban Search & Rescue and Defense Support of Civil Authorities operations at the Carmen E. Turner ... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Confined Space
2 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers assigned to the 911th Technical Rescue Engineer Company conduct casualty rescue training in a mock collapsed building during this year's Capital Shield Exercise in Fairfax County, Virginia, September 4, 2019. Capital Shield is an annual trai... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Firefighters
3 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Department of Defense, federal, local and interagency partners participate in Defense Support of Civil Authorities training scenarios as part of Capital Shield 2019 at Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington D.C., September 4, 2019. Capital Shield is an an... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
McNair 1
4 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers assigned to the 911th Technical Rescue Engineer Company conduct casualty rescue training in a mock collapsed building during this year's Capital Shield Exercise in Fairfax County, Virginia, September 4, 2019. Capital Shield is an annual trai... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Navy
5 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Department of Defense, federal, local and interagency partners participate in Defense Support of Civil Authorities training scenarios as part of Capital Shield 2019 at Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington D.C., September 4, 2019. Capital Shield is an an... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Rescue 911
6 / 9 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers assigned to the 911th Technical Rescue Engineer Company conduct casualty rescue training in a mock collapsed building during this year's Capital Shield Exercise in Fairfax County, Virginia, September 4, 2019. Capital Shield is an annual trai... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Spray
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Through Wall
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Water
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Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region hosted Capital Shield 19, a joint training exercise, Sept. 3-6, 2019.

The annual exercise brings federal, state, and local agencies together to realistically test interagency operability during a crisis impacting the National Capital Region (NCR). It also trains and prepares the Department of Defense to provide Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) and employ force protection measures as needed in the event of an actual disaster in the NCR.

The scenarios included a mass casualty rescue and response to locations across the D.C. metro area, as well as multiple DSCA scenarios between local and interagency partners to realistically test and coordinate actions to protect the public. This combined training enhances cooperation, allowing for a well-prepared response to a contingency incident.

"Communication with federal, state and local agencies during exercises allows us to improve and refine our interoperability," said Col. Sunset R. Belinsky, JFHQ-NCR/MDW Communications Director. "Working alongside our partners fosters trust and lays the foundation for strong relationships, facilitating an effective response to an incident."

When requested, JFHQ-NCR acts as a joint task force (JTF) to provide support to federal, state and local government agencies as part of a whole community approach to provide security, save lives, prevent human suffering, and mitigate collateral damage. JTF-NCR draws together the existing resources of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard into a single-point headquarters that is fully trained, equipped and ready to perform a wide spectrum of operations in support of civil authorities.

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View Capital Shield training at WMATA - (Video)