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HAZMAT Exercise

August 11, 2011 -- Maryland National Guardsmen, along with members of the Coast Guard Baltimore Sector, and local emergency service members, will conduct a civil/military disaster drill at Warfield Air National Guard Base August 12.

The exercise will involve Air National Guard members trained to deal with chemical, biological, and radiological attacks and incidents, as well as the Coast Guard Baltimore Sector and local emergency first responders.

Residents living near the base will notice an increase in military, and first responder traffic during the day.

"This exercise will test the ability of our Citizen Airmen to conduct complex tasks in a hazardous environment, while working with our partners in other state, and local agencies," said Capt Joe Winter, Chief of Public Affairs, 175th Wing, Maryland Air National Guard. "We train with our civilian agency colleagues in advance so that we will understand each other's capabilities in an emergency," Winter explained.

The Maryland Air National Guard is composed of a state headquarters in Baltimore and the 175th Wing in Middle River. It employs more than 1,500 people and has an annual local economic impact of more than $111 million.

For additional information please contact MSgt. Ed Bard at the 175th Wing Public Affairs Office (410) 918-6001.