South Carolina National Guard Share Disaster Response Readiness with Colombians

first_imgBy Dialogo March 15, 2013 For additional information on the South Carolina National Guard please visit http://www.scguard.army.mil or find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr. “The professional dialogue on military support to civil authorities during a natural disaster was very informative and facilitated learning from all parties,” said Col. Ken Rosado, joint operations officer for the S.C. National Guard. “We face many of the same types of potential natural disasters and it was very beneficial to exchange ideas and discuss common challenges.” “From a disaster preparedness perspective, understanding their challenges and capabilities, allows us to better understand and target exactly how we can better assist one another. There are practical applications, such as SCOPe, and EMST, (Emergency Management Staff Trainer), that aide us in awareness and disaster preparation that can be useful to the Colombian military to improve their readiness posture for disasters,” said Lt. Col. Clarence Bowser, future operations branch chief. The South Carolina National Guard comprises more than 10,000 Soldiers and Airmen who serve their state and nation. Members of the South Carolina National Guard deploy worldwide as needed in response to the National Command Authority and the Governor. “It was a great opportunity for our team to share our knowledge and experience with our State Partners in Colombia. On a personal level, I appreciated the opportunity to work with the leadership of the Colombian Army and Air Force on the establishment of a legal framework and rules of engagement in military disaster relief missions,” said Lt. Col. Butch Bowers, Air National Guard JAG. Soldiers and Airmen from the S.C. National Guard, who routinely train for and support disaster response and humanitarian assistance, traveled to Colombia and met with their Colombian counterparts in the military and national police. Together they formed a subject matter expert exchange and shared capabilities, lessons learned, and experiences to learn how they can improve readiness. center_img Another part of the exchange was incorporating legal oversight into their humanitarian operations. The Colombian military does not have a lawyer career field in their armed forces, unlike the U.S. military judge advocate general (JAG) career field. The S.C. National Guard shared with the Colombians an effective web-based tool used in disaster response, the South Carolina Common Operating Picture enhance (SCOPe). The Guard demonstrated how the tool allows the armed forces to share a common operating picture with civilian organizations of affected areas and response. The SPP coordinator, Maj. David King said, “This engagement was a huge move forward with Colombia. It let us engage at a very high level with the Colombians and allowed us to share our vision of the partnership with the Colombian leadership.” With Colombian forces getting closer to achieving security in their country, their focus is shifting to humanitarian assistance relief and disaster preparedness. The South Carolina National Guard and the Republic of Colombia held their first State Partnership Program engagement Feb. 19-22 to share ideas on natural disaster preparedness and humanitarian assistance relief. Good afternoon, excellent article I would like you to send me more information to my email addresslast_img read more

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