Two major exercises, Amalgam Virgo 04 (AV04) & Determined Promise 04 (DP04), kick off this week for the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the U.S. Northern Command to test the commands’ response to terrorist events on a national, state, and local level.
DP04 will test USNORTHCOM’s ability to assist civil and federal authorities in a coordinated response to simulated chemical, radiological, and explosive hazards, conducted in California and Virginia.
The exercises will involve more than 4,000 Canadian and U.S. military personnel in three U.S. states and two Canadian provinces. The Virginia National Guard, under control of Governor Mark Warner, will deploy 303 personnel to the Hampton Roads/ Norfolk area. The California National Guard, under the control of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, will deploy 52 personnel to the Los Angeles, Ventura County and San Diego area.
The Southern California portion of DP-04 involves a simulated massive explosion of a radiological dispersion device in the Port of Los Angeles, resulting in casualties and thousands of resident exposures to the unknown substance “cloud,” among several other events. State and federal partners, including the FBI, TSA, DoD, Department of Energy, the California National Guard Civil Support Teams, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will participate in the full-scale exercise.
In Virginia, the exercise will involve federal, state and local teams as well as those in the private sector. The exercise will test the abilities of Virginia’s emergency managers and first responders to handle more than 12,000 deaths and 62,000 serious injuries arising from simultaneous simulated “terrorist” attacks including a cruise ship, a major auto race, a bridge and two tunnels in Hampton Roads, a large suburban Richmond shopping complex and a Richmond area elementary school.
U.S. Northcom: Major Exercises Set For NORAD and USNORTHCOM
:: CAP provided US Nothern Command with real-time airborne imagery during last year's DETERMINED PROMISE. While CAP was initally tasked with only a few sorties... Commanders on the ground found the intel product we provided so valuable that they kept asking for more. CAP ended up flying over thirty sorties.
Civil Air Patrol crews will probably be participating again this year. Good luck folks!