National Guard aviation units from western and southwestern states are coming to Dublin for the next few weeks for their annual training in conjunction with nearby civilian agencies.
The training, which will focus on strengthening civilian and military coordination during regional emergencies, is set to start this Monday and run through March 25 at Park Reserve Forces Training Area (Camp Parks), a U.S. Army Reserves base just west of Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.
Nearby residents might experience extra noise and traffic during the two weeks as a result of the training, officials said.
In conjunction with Camp Parks, the training is being co-hosted by the California Army National Guard’s 3-140 Aviation Battalion, which conducts emergency-response missions throughout the year to help civilian agencies, offering support for search and rescue operations, wildfire suppression, personnel transportation and medical evacuation.
“Interagency coordination is the foundation of the National Guard’s mission here in California,” said Lt. Col. Dan Anderson, commander of the 3-140 Aviation Battalion. “By regularly training alongside state and federal emergency responders, we’re able to establish the protocols and relationships that will make for a quick and seamless response when emergency incidents occur.”
The units training herald from California, Oklahoma, Arizona and Colorado. The civilian agencies participating include the Sonoma Police, Oakland Fire, Sacramento Fire and Solano County Sheriff’s departments and the North Bay, South Bay and Sacramento incident management teams.
Along with the interagency aviation training, the National Guard units will conduct combat-readiness exercises, such as search-and-rescue missions, evacuation of personnel under enemy fire, a map-and-compass land navigation course, combat medical care and vehicle-rollover response.