Alaska SDF Participates in Arctic Eagle
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — The Alaska National Guard participated in Arctic Eagle 2017, a command post and tabletop exercise, Feb. 22 – 26. Decision makers and supporting players practiced the logistics and coordination required to respond to a state emergency. The Alaska National Guard and other agencies assessed their ability to conduct effective and sustained operations in Arctic conditions.
This year’s exercise was in preparation for Arctic Eagle 2018, a major emergency response exercise that will occur next year, which will test the capabilities and effectiveness of a multi-national, multi-agency response to a major incident in the state.
Arctic Eagle 2017 provided a platform for participants to practice operations in a collaborative environment and integrate new and emerging capabilities for responding to a state emergency in the harsh terrain and weather conditions of northern environments and challenging geographical locations.
The countries of Denmark and Canada partnered with the Alaska National Guard, the Alaska State Defense Force and other agencies, in collaboration with U.S. Northern Command’s Alaskan Command, to apply and respond to scenarios that will prepare them for the 2018 exercise.
“It’s important that we are proficient, equipped and effective at providing support to civil authorities as requested,” said Col. Tony Stratton, Alaska National Guard joint staff director of operations, training and exercises. “We are the first military responders to domestic emergencies, and we must be ready to help Alaskans in times of need.”
The command post exercise, commonly referred to as a “CPX,” employed the scenario of a failing satellite—powered by a nuclear reactor—in a deteriorating orbit, which reentered the earth’s atmosphere and broke apart, scattering radioactive debris on parts of Alaska.