FORT BRAGG TROOPS PREPARE FOR DOMESTIC DISASTER

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
By Paul Martin

By Nicole Carr
ABC11.com
Friday, August 21, 2015

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (WTVD) — The notice came overnight: Get ready to respond to a nuclear disaster situation in Southwest Florida. Be ready to deploy for a week.

So early Friday morning, more than 300 20th Engineer Brigade soldiers prepped convoys. Over the next five days they will join more than 400 additional troops in an Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise.

The 18th Airborne Corps soldiers have a focus.

“We’re specially trained and equipped for chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear hazards,” said Colonel Jayson C. Gilberti, the Brigade’s commander.

While the soldiers may be called on domestic or foreign disasters, this exercise is about the home front, and how to handle a situation that’s overwhelming to local and state officials.

“It’s absolutely essential to ensure trained and ready forces,” Gilberti said. “I don’t believe we’re never ‘not ready.’ You can never be ready enough.”

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