Detroit is the perfect place for this kind of training. What better place to train than a city that looks like it was already hit by a nuke?
From the videos I’ve seen of Detroit, they’ve already trained for a post-apocalyptic zombie infestation. Oh, wait that’s just the damage done from the years of Democratic control and political corruption.
— Military Times (@MilitaryTimes) August 30, 2018
As the Army and top leaders look to a potential urban fight in dense, dangerous and confusing terrain, their National Guard counterparts are working the plexities of urban response right now.
Recently, troops with the 46th Military Police Command of the Michigan National Guard began a three-year effort to respond to a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear attack in Detroit. When they fill that role, soldiers in that unit fall under the command of the active Army, specifically U.S. Army North.
The first stage of the exercise ran for three days, from Aug. 21-23, with a “tabletop exercise” and terrain walk through for leaders and planners to identify who would do what as the Guard units fit into the intricate ways in which many groups coordinate disaster response in urban settings.
A key role of Task Force 46 and elements of the MP command is decontaminating those exposed to toxic elements in the CBRN environment. Local agencies, from city to state government and emergency response units, lead their respective areas, but Army assets can hit certain needs at a large scale.
“As you go, the intent is to fill larger gaps rather than take over,” said Robert Naething, deputy to the commanding general of U.S. Army North, which oversees such Army responses inside the United States. More
Admit it, Detroit would make an ideal combat training center for urban operations. https://t.co/XyjaCDwczC
— Doctrine Man (@Doctrine_Man) August 30, 2018
I’m from those suburbs. I had two thoughts over the years::
2. training center
my subordination to the Navy prevented my acting on either.
You want hundreds of empty blocks to shoot up without consequence? I have a city for you…
— Ted Huebner (@wthuebner) August 30, 2018
Best urban training I ever did was a day of OPNs n condemned blocks of public housing n Marietta GA, planned/conducted by my #USMC BN & sponsored by local PD. You’d never think 2 worry about porcelain as an antipersonnel weapon n stairwells🤷🏼♂️ @NickAliffi @SpencerGuard
— Chris Telley (@Chris_Telley) August 30, 2018
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