BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota National Guard will conduct a blizzard response exercise at Fraine Barracks in Bismarck, Saturday, Nov. 20. The Guard regularly conducts emergency response exercise scenarios to validate and refine statewide plans and capabilities.
About 20 Soldiers and Airmen from the National Guard’s Domestic Operations Section will work from the organization’s Joint Operations Center (JOC) exercising command and control for military response resources during the hypothetical blizzard response. The JOC serves as a nexus for information sharing, mission assignments, as well as personnel and equipment tracking during domestic emergency responses.
Media representatives are invited to cover the exercise between the hours of 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20.
When activated by the governor in response to requests through the N.D. Department of Emergency Services, the N.D. National Guard serves as the first military responders during a natural disaster or emergency in the state.
The North Dakota National Guard is a trained and highly motivated force of about 4,100 Citizen-Soldiers and Citizen-Airmen. We are always prepared to provide ready units, individuals and equipment in support of our communities, state and nation. Always ready, always there.