Coast Guard Participates in Alaska Shield/Northern Edge Exercise

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Coast Guard is actively participating with federal, state and local partners in the 2007 Alaska Shield/ Northern Edge exercise. Alaska Shield/Northern Edge is a State of Alaska/U.S. Northern Command sponsored homeland defense/defense support of civil authorities exercise; part of the national-level Ardent Sentry/Northern Edge 2007. The exercise is an opportunity to practice responding to homeland defense/disaster events with the federal, state, local & private-sector team.

Over 5,000 people will participate from the Alaska Division of Homeland Security, the Alaska National Guard, FEMA Region X, TSA, FAA, FBI, DoD, DHS, DOJ and more. Joint Task Force-Alaska (JTF-AK) is the military component in Alaska responsible for homeland defense and support to the lead federal agency in a disaster. The majority of the exercise events take place May 7-16 near Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Seward.

If a disaster like Katrina or 9-11 takes place, Alaska based responders will save time by already knowing which agency does what and how to best use resources. JTF-AK offers joint military support to civilian agencies to reach State and other Federal agency objectives.

Agencies across Alaska have unique skills. The exercise is an opportunity to train together under controlled conditions which will enable a quick, efficient crisis response. Saved time can equal saved lives in a crisis. Practice allows responders to find efficiencies and eliminate unnecessary delays in providing the fastest relief and recovery to Alaskans in an emergency.

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