IHDS and Indiana National Guard team up for disaster exercise

By Spc. Blake Phelps | Indiana National GUard | June 20, 2019

Camp Atterbury, Indiana —

IHDS and Indiana National Guard team up for disaster exercise

The Indiana National Guard and Indiana Department of Homeland Security concluded Shaken Fury, June 2 – 8, testing the capability and readiness in the event of a large-scale natural disaster at Camp Atterbury, Ind.

Shaken Fury included the Indiana National Guard’s 81st Troop Command and IDHS working together to validate their joint readiness to serve Indiana in the event of a natural disaster. In an ongoing effort to ensure that both entities have the ability to deploy, employ, and sustain a specialized response force upon a moment’s notice, 81st TC soldiers and IDHS volunteers participated in a natural disaster based scenario. The members worked alongside one another to effectively utilize and control the deployed National Guard units in a simulated environment.

“Each state in the nation has been tasked to provide a joint task force capability and each state has done that differently, dependent on their core structure.  In order for our state to meet that requirement, once a year we (81st TC) do an exercise to validate that the Joint Task Force is competent, capable, and able to execute that mission," said Brig. Gen. Patrick C. Thibodeau, commander of the 81st Troop Command.

This year’s scenario was based on a large-scale earthquake that erupted in the southern portion of Indiana greatly impacting multiple counties from the shock of the earthquake.  Further simulated mayhem occurred from civilian interactions in addition to the destruction left in Mother Nature’s wake. 

The Indiana National Guard conducts realistic and continual training to ensure their soldiers and airmen are always ready for rapid employment and deployment within the state, country, and abroad.