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MCAS New River holds Exercise Vigilant Response Wednesday

Excercise Vigilant Response
Sgt. Judith Harter/Marine Corps Installations East
Crash fire rescue personnel with Marine Corps Air Station New River’s Aircraft Rescue Firefighting Division, simulate evacuating an aircraft during an exercise Vigilant Response 2017, MCAS New River, N.C., Nov. 7, 2017. VR17 is a two-day exercise designed to test the ability to conduct command and control measures in response to an aviation mishap aboard the air station. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Judith L. Harter)

Residents in and around Jacksonville may notice an increase in emergency vehicles and noise as a military training exercise takes place Wednesday. Marine Corps Air Station New River will partner with local emergency services to conduct Exercise Vigilant Response from 8 am to 4 pm. The annual, full-scale exercise provides realistic training opportunities to increase air station and community first responder readiness and recovery efforts during a mass casualty event. During the one-day training event, the local community can expect increased emergency services radio and communication traffic, on-base exercise announcements, and first responder vehicle movement traveling between New River and Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune.

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