Constant Vigilance readies Kinser and community for disaster response

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Constant Vigilance readies Kinser and community for disaster response

by: 2nd Lt. Courtney Caimona, III MEF/MCIPAC Consolidated Public Affairs Office | .
U.S. Marine Corps | .
published: October 18, 2014

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP S. D. BUTLER, OKINAWA, Japan -- Marine Corps Installations Pacific will conduct a bilateral disaster drill in conjunction with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, Urasoe City Government, Urasoe City Fire Department, civilian organizations, and others as part of Exercise Constant Vigilance 2014 at Camp Kinser Oct. 28.

Constant Vigilance is an annual MCIPAC exercise designed to validate and refine incident response procedures and train personnel on actions required in the event of a natural disaster. Our relationship with JGSDF is strong and we continue to train and build interoperability in order to ensure the future security and stability of both our nations, especially with respect to disaster relief. An example of the importance of training events like these can be seen in our rapid response during Operation Tomodachi.

Media attending are scheduled to view Local Implementation Agreement evacuation rehearsal with on-base student evacuation, civilian Dr. Heli aircraft landing, bilateral fire and emergency services technical rescue, JGSDF display of disaster preparedness equipment, and the landing of a JGSDF CH-47, all on Camp Kinser. Media are scheduled to have opportunity to interview participants involved in the training events. Our relationship with our Okinawan community and the GDSDF remains strong, and we continue to train and build interoperability in order to ensure the future security and stability of both our nations, especially with respect to disaster preparations. We have a long history of working together, and this training is the next step in a continuing relationship of cooperation and teamwork.

Media members interested in covering the event must contact the MCIPAC Public Affairs Office at OkinawaPao@usmc.mil no later than 4 p.m., Oct. 22. Please include in the e-mail: full name; agency; job title; citizenship; vehicle make, model, color and license plate number; and a cell phone number of each media member attending. Registered media will receive additional information in the near future.