Portions of a mission readiness exercise were conducted at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany by Civil Affairs soldiers from the 97th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina, recently.
The training was conducted to plan for and respond to real-world scenarios while building relationships with supported organizations, according to members of the team.
During the exercise teams were on the installation and scattered throughout Southwest Georgia at various locations. Participants simultaneously worked in Albany, Blakely and Bainbridge cities. Additionally, others were located in Baker, Clay, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Lee, Miller, Seminole and Terrell counties.
Local fire, police and emergency operations centers were a few of the many the agencies involved.
Assistance was provided by the teams to the host agencies by identifying civil vulnerabilities and humanitarian disaster response issues. Trainees also provided the agencies feedback to eliminate those deficiencies.
“It is beneficial to the local community because the aid is actually being utilized,” Army Maj. John You, company commander, Alpha Company, 97th Civil Affairs Battalion, said.
“This is realistic training because many of the issues we are working through here are the same issues we will face while in another country,” he added.
There were several benefits to the team as well. Training in different locations provided opportunities for new experiences. The rural environment in Southwest Georgia added realism, according to their press release.
Additionally, by performing the tasks, a high level of readiness was acquired by the soldiers.
“The group is now prepared to effectively deploy anywhere in the world, ready to support a wide range of emergency, humanitarian and special response missions,” You said.