Editorial comment: EMS, law enforcement, and others will simulate the response to a crop duster crash into a natural gas plant… oh my… are they expecting some natural gas crop duster crashes soon here in America?
(Coolidge Examiner) – In preparation for the “unlikely” event of a dangerous incident, TransCanada will work with emergency response personnel from around Pinal County to conduct a joint emergency exercise on March 27 at the Coolidge Generating Station.
The exercise will test the station’s emergency preparedness and response methods, ensuring that the proper methods and capabilities are in place. To do this, TransCanada will simulate reports of a crop duster plane hitting the station while a walking tour is being conducted. The seven-hour exercise will begin at 11 a.m. and conclude at 6 p.m.
The Coolidge Generating Station is located at 859 E. Randolph Rd. south of the main part of Coolidge. It is a simple-cycle, natural gas-fired peaking power generating station that has been operating since May 2011. It produces enough electricity to power approximately 575,000 homes.
Heritage Environmental, Coolidge Fire Department, Pinal County Emergency Management, Coolidge Police Department and the federal Aviation Administration are scheduled to take part in the exercise.
(Paul Joseph Watson) – Leaked Homeland Security documents obtained by Infowars reveal details of a joint DHS/FEMA national exercise set to take place this week, one of the components of which revolves around an effort to counter online dissent by a group called “Free Americans Against Socialist Tyranny,” which is disgruntled at the imposition of martial law after an earthquake in Alaska.
Image: DHS (Wiki Commons).
The document again underscores the federal government’s obsession with characterizing libertarians and conservatives as some kind of extremist radical threat.
The document (PDF) was leaked by an individual affiliated with Stewart Rhodes’ Oathkeepers organization and passed on to Infowars. It is entitled National Exercise Program – Capstone Exercise 2014 – Scenario Ground Truth.
The document is intended for “U.S. Department of Homeland Security Trusted Agents Only” and is “disseminated only on a
need-to-know basis.” Even the role players involved in the exercise itself are prohibited from seeing the files.
The exercise is designed to evaluate readiness in preparation for a catastrophic incident, natural disaster or major act of terrorism. Some of the scenarios which will be in play during the exercise include a series of earthquakes, tsunamis and a nuclear weapons accident.
On page 125 of the document, a scenario is outlined whereby a group calling itself “Free Americans against Socialist Tyranny” responds to “The U.S. Northern Command mission of Defense Support to Civil Authorities” (or the imposition of martial law) by launching a protest campaign on social media and potentially engaging in cyber attacks.
According to the scenario, the campaign is driven by suspicion that “the government is responsible for the Alaska earthquake and a “hacktivist” manifesto.”
“The U.S. Northern Command mission of Defense Support to Civil Authorities has led to increased activity by some anti-government organizations,” states the document. “Currently, the most vocal organization is Free Americans against Socialist Tyranny; using social media, they advertise anti-U.S. rhetoric focusing on the Department of Defense as well as to recruit like-minded individuals to join their “cause”.
“While some Free Americans against Socialist Tyranny members are capable of conducting adverse cyber operations, the greatest threat is current government employees sympathetic to their cause,” the document adds. “It is believed that there are employees within US Northern Command, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, National Guard, and Defense Information Systems Agency that may support Free Americans against Socialist Tyranny doctrine based on individual comments on social media sites. Free Americans against Socialist Tyranny sympathizers may include both former and current members of the military with training on satellite communications, computer network defense, network operations, as well as military command and control.”
The scenario also suggests that Northern Command members sympathetic to Free Americans Against Socialist Tyranny may attempt to hack the North American Aerospace Defense Command as a form of retaliation.
This is by no means the first time that the Department of Homeland Security has characterized anti-big government Americans as domestic extremists.
A study funded by the Department of Homeland Security, details of which emerged in 2012, characterized Americans who are “suspicious of centralized federal authority,” and “reverent of individual liberty” as “extreme right-wing” terrorists.
As we have exhaustively documented on numerous occasions, federal authorities and particularly the Department of Homeland Security have been involved in producing a deluge of literature which portrays liberty lovers and small government advocates as extremist radicals.
The Capstone Exercise 2014 document makes it clear that a key part of the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA’s preparation for the aftermath of major catastrophic incidents in the United States is centered around combating online dissent which will be sparked as a result of federal authorities and military assets instituting martial law, or what the document refers to as “Defense Support to Civil Authorities”.
This is particularly chilling given reports that emerged in 2006 concerning a nationwide FEMA program under which Pastors and other religious representatives were trained to become secret police enforcers who teach their congregations to “obey the government” in preparation for a declaration of martial law, property and firearm seizures, and forced relocation.
The fact that the DHS is focusing its cyber security efforts during a major national exercise not on targeting foreign state actors or terrorists but on combating online dissent by conservatives is sure to increase concerns that the federal agency once again has libertarians, patriots and small government activists in the crosshairs.
Editorial comment: Simulated delinquent behavior, mass casualties, active shooter, lights, sirens, undisclosed locations, visitors using false credentials, Giant Voice loudspeaker, unattended packages, arrests, Code White, high traffic or potentially hazardous locations, physical confrontation, and 100 percent ID checks at the gate… OH MY!!!!!
“In the event of a real-life Active Shooter, staff should first ensure the safety of patients and visitors. Whether you’re outside or inside a building, you should immediately shelter in place. If you’re inside, secure the area, lock and barricade doors, turn off radios and computer monitors, close blinds and block windows. Also, silence cell phones, keep yourself and others out of sight and take adequate cover behind concrete walls or filing cabinets.”
Both Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences will participate in the exercise.
Also, taking place in Virginia
(DC Military) – “Lights, sirens and an increase of security on board the base,” said Director of Installation Training at Naval Support Activity Bethesda (NSAB), Janelle Massiatte, as she described what base residents, staff and patients may experience during the upcoming Solid Curtain training exercise.
From Feb. 17 to 28, security forces will execute the Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield training exercise. The operation, a security and anti-terrorism training drill, is designed to evaluate patrolmen and security force responses. It will involve simulated delinquent behavior at gates and other areas of the base, many of which may be visible to the public and cause minor disruptions to those unaware of them.
These events will occur at random times in undisclosed locations throughout the base and may include a variety of security related disruptions such as: visitors using false credentials to access the base, uses of the Giant Voice loudspeaker which will require appropriate action, unattended packages of unknown origin, arrests and mass casualty exercises. “Pretty much every day of the exercise something will be going on,” said Massiatte.
On Feb. 27, the operation will culminate with an Active Shooter exercise. Both Walter Reed National Military Medical
Center (WRNMMC) and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences will participate in the exercise. To notify personnel of an active shooter, the installation will utilize multiple notification systems, to include Giant Voice. Code White is the hospital emergency code utilized to notify all command personnel of an active shooter and to shelter in place.
In the event of a real-life Active Shooter, staff should first ensure the safety of patients and visitors. Whether you’re outside or inside a building, you should immediately shelter in place. If you’re inside, secure the area, lock and barricade doors, turn off radios and computer monitors, close blinds and block windows. Also, silence cell phones, keep yourself and others out of sight and take adequate cover behind concrete walls or filing cabinets.
Although the potential for delays and disruptions will always exist, steps will be taken to ensure base operation is minimally interrupted. On the day of the drills, as a reminder to patients and visitors, flyers will be handed out at the gates and parking garages. There will be posters throughout clinics, leading up to the event, and on the day of, also as a reminder.
At WRNMMC, staff and patients should expect minimal impact on hospital operations. There will be no interruption to patient care and treatments in progress, however appointments will be temporarily delayed during the 15 minute shelter-in-place exercise. “Our staff are responsible for taking care of patients and visitors here, and this exercise is a great example of our continuous efforts to help maximize their safety and security while visiting Walter Reed Bethesda,” said Chris Gillette, emergency manager for WRNMMC.
To ensure the safety of the base during the exercise, a group of training experts will directly oversee each activity. These evaluators, identifiable by large yellow, billed hats, will be aware of the specifics of the training module and the surrounding location. The group will have the authority to pause the training module or change its location if it begins in a high traffic or potentially hazardous location. Among them will be members of the Auxiliary Security Force who will continue to function in place of security personnel engaged in training.
Training targets, who will initiate simulated disruptions for an exercise, will pose no clear or apparent threat. These trained police officers will be easily identifiable to the public by a bright yellow vest. Although they may require physical confrontation in order to be neutralized, they will only engage on-duty security personnel involved in the exercise.
Staff, residents and patients with real emergencies will not be affected during the training, as safety managers and essential personnel will operate as, what NSAB Emergency Manager, Ron Kunz, describes as “white cells.” These upper level security and emergency managers will initiate the training exercises by sending calls over the security dispatch radio to inform security personnel of upcoming events, and continue to monitor channels for real emergencies.
“These people know exactly how this drill is supposed to operate,” said Kunz. “If a situation escalates, the white cell can deescalate the situation to continue the exercise. If there is a real emergency they will know and can dispatch other personnel to help.”
The base will operate under force condition Bravo during the event, which means “[residents, staff and patients] can expect that there should be a slight delay, because we will conduct 100 percent ID checks at the gate,” said Massiatte. However, despite recent history, according to Kunz, there will be no gate closures. “In the past we had to check our barrier plan, so we actually had to secure the gate, but since we did it successfully we don’t have to do it again this year,” said Kunz.
“Our goal is to make sure everything is operating normally, make sure there are no safety violations and make sure that all of our security forces personnel are following standard operating procedure,” said Training Instructor Master at Arms 1st Class George Sangriu. “Every part of this training is under control.”
Even though staff, residents and patients are encouraged to be mindful of the drills taking place, everyone on base is reminded to “remain aware,” said Kunz. “Just because we’re training doesn’t mean we don’t still have to worry about real world dangers. Don’t hesitate to call about something suspicious. If you see something, say something.”
(Brandon Turbeville via Daily Sheeple) – In keeping with the ever increasing trend of military and law enforcement cooperation and the growing prevalence of civilian police forces conducting drills with military forces, South Carolina’s Richland County Sheriff’s Office has announced that it will be engaging in joint training exercises on Monday and Tuesday with unidentified units from Ft. Bragg.
The exercises are scheduled to take place on Monday and Tuesday and will run up to midnight on both days and will take place largely in Lower Richland, near Eastover and Hopkins.
Exercises are also planned for the areas of Screaming Eagle Rd. near Elgin and North Richland County very close to outbound Monticello Road.
Beyond this information, however, very little else is known about the upcoming shadowy training exercises. That is, except for the fact that they may be very loud and possibly alarming to the local residents unprepared for or uninformed of them.
Clearly, simulated combat will be a part of the drill due to the fact that residents are being told not to be alarmed by the sound of gunfire or “ordinance.”
According to the Sheriff’s Department press release, “Citizens may see military and departmental vehicles traveling in and around rural and metropolitan areas and may hear ordinance being set off or fired which will be simulated/ blanks and controlled by trained personnel.”
The release also stated that the exercise was being held “Due to Sheriff Leon Lott’s longstanding commitment to making sure that deputies are trained and prepared for every event and potential threat and his desire to assist the military to ensure their preparations.”
It is worth noting that Ft. Bragg hosts some of the U.S. Army’s more elite units such as Special Forces as well as more elite airborne and aviation support units.
(Spokesman Review) – MOSES LAKE, WA – Army Rangers and Air Force special operations forces are conducting a military training exercise in the Moses Lake and Tacoma areas.
The training will last until Friday, with the first week held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord then moving to the Moses Lake area, according to base officials.
Port of Moses Lake officials said the Moses Lake portion of the training will take place at Grant County International Airport starting Monday.
The exercise is basically a simulation of an airport capture, the Port’s Greg Becken said during a recent port commission meeting.
“The Army has been working with us to do an airport capture,” he told commissioners. “They’re going to come in and attack our airfield as if it were a foreign soil airfield, restore it and base an operation out of it.”
An estimated 300 military personnel will jump from planes onto the airfield during the exercise, Becken said. They’ll rescue refugees from an offsite location, bring them back to the airfield and load them up on planes, he said.
Becken said this week’s exercise is a little different than previous exercises held at the port. He told commissioners Rangers will crater a hole on one of the taxiways and repair it during the training.
The hole will be created using explosives, but the port chose an unutilized piece of pavement for the military to use, Becken said.
To make the exercise as realistic as possible, it will be conducted at night and nearby residents may hear increased air traffic, according to JBLM. Rangers from the Second Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment will also be using simulated munitions and small pyrotechnics, which may cause loud noises.
Aircraft involved will include helicopters such as Black Hawks and Chinooks, as well as AC-130 Hercules, CV-22 Ospreys and C-17 Globemaster III airplanes moving troops and providing close air support.
Units from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, from Fort Campbell, Ky., and Air Force Special Operations Command, from Hurlburt Field, Fla., are also participating.
The most important article you will read about GridEx II. How far will they go with national preparedness to predict the next catastrophe scenario… for our safety?
“I always enjoyed going into the holodeck” – Jonathan Frakes
By STEPHANIE SLEDGE | 11Nov2013
By now, it is assumed that most Americans know there is a security exercise to be performed on the power grid and will take place this week called GridEx II / GridSecCon. This exercise involves the cooperation of the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. Simulations of physical and cyber attacks on the power grid could occur during this exercise.
Read the rest: http://www.thegovernmentrag.com/GridExII%202013.html#.UoC40SqeuVX
(TheGadsdenTimes) – In the event of a terrorist attack or large-scale disaster, the U.S. military calls for support. The Salvation Army, with a mission to care for those in need, is one of the responders.
Salvation Army emergency disaster services teams from Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi are participating in a military drill that began Wednesday and will conclude Friday, designed to support soldiers in emergency situations.
They served all day Wednesday, and will serve all day today and a half-day Friday, at Fort McClellan, responding to a request from the 4th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civilian Support Team in a mock exercise that involves finding, identifying and eliminating a radiological or biological hazard.
Thad Hicks, director of emergency disaster services for the Salvation Army’s Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division, said the organization would be called upon during a major event.
“This gives us an idea of how we fit into the overall plan,” he said. “Not only will we be supplying water, coffee, snacks and support, we will be practicing our response as well.”
Hicks said the WMD exercise usually is held once a year in Georgia. This year, teams from Anniston and Gadsden also have been activated.
“This is a chance to exercise our response efforts, as well as let the military know what we bring to the table,” Hicks said. “Practice makes perfect. We learn by doing, and the emergency disaster work of the Salvation Army is no different. Every time we exercise, we learn new lessons that we can apply the next time we go out on a real event.”
Hicks said the Salvation Army participates in exercises like this as often as possible.
“We have shown that we are willing to go the extra mile to see that those we serve are served well,” he said.
Maj. Jim Smith, director of emergency disaster services for the Salvation Army Georgia Division, is in charge of the event.
In a real event, the Salvation Army would support first responders, survivors and volunteers, Smith said. He expects 325 military personnel to be involved in the training exercise.
The Georgia Division became involved with the 4th WMD-CST out of Dobbins Air Force Base and has conducted exercises with the team a few times in the last year. Smith said the team has ultra-sophisticated equipment that can detect hazardous materials in stadiums, urban areas and large assemblies of people, such as concerts, political rallies and the like.
“Seeing and understanding the huge task and effort involved helps us plan and prepare for the real event,” Smith said.