FORT EUSTIS, Va., July 1, 2019 —
On June 25-26, 2019, Joint Task Force Civil Support (JTF-CS), hosted exercise Vista Proximity II (VP II) at Joint Base Langley-Eustis. VP II is a tabletop exercise created by United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) that brings together national, regional and local partners to evaluate the combined large-scale response for a biological incident within the continental US.
"Building relationships with our partners before a large-scale incident is critical to mission success," said U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. James L. Brown, the Command Senior Enlisted Leader for Joint Task Force Civil Support. "We all have robust response capabilities, and anytime we can collaborate before response, increases our ability to respond rapidly and save more lives."
The exercise was an opportunity to create a bridge for smooth planning between agencies that will partner together in the event of a public health emergency.
Different disaster scenarios were discussed during the exercise. The focus of each conversation was to gauge response capabilities from each agency, as well as strengthen lines of communication between organizations in the hopes of fostering a higher level of confidence in their ability to cooperate during emergency situations.
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