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National Guard Units Participate in OCRA Excercise 2019
190716-G-ZZ999-430.JPG Photo By: Pfc. Grace Nechanicky

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska - Mississippi Army National Guard Maj. Richmond Lachney and Staff Sgt. Vernon Wasson, 47th Weapons of Mass Destruction-Civil Support Team, unload equipment from an Alaska Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter during ORCA 2019 in Alaska, July 16. ORCA is a chemical, biological, radioactive, nuclear threats response exercise designed for participants to provide support in the aftermath of hazardous materials incidents. ORCA tests interoperability between agencies increases opportunities for working relationships and practices requests for assistance methods. 120 National Guardsmen from CST units in Alaska, Mississippi, Montana, Utah, Nevada, Hawaii and Washington are in Alaska to participate in Exercise ORCA 2019. 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation aircrews from the Alaska unit transported CST members to several exercise locations in support of event scenarios.


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