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167th Airwing Takes Part in Statewide Drill

During the exercise, shots were fired and explosive devices were detonated in Berkeley County.
MARTINSBURG, W.Va.-- . On Thursday, members of the 167th West Virginia Air National Guard took part in a emergency exercise to prepare for a real-life crisis. 

The drill included responding to an emergency at the 167th Airlift Wing in Martinsburg.  During the exercise, shots were fired and explosive devices were detonated. 

"Our scenario depicted a forced protection scenario, in which we had to have our first responders, our security forces, our EMTs, our fire response, our command channels all respond to a force protection condition measures," said Lt. Col. David Cochran of the 167th West Virginia Air National Guard.

All the national guard detachments in West Virginia participated in the state-wide exercise that also included state and local emergency services agencies. 

"I think we had a very successful exercise, we are no stranger to the exercise kind of profile that we ran today," said Cochran. "It was not our first time, kind of exercising in a similar process, so i think the exercise went really well."

Officials say a number of individuals are transitioning to new positions.  They say this exercise will help them hone their skills as they take on new positions.
 
"Often times we are responding to natural disaster in the state when we may deploy to different counties in the state for flood relief," said Col. Shaun Perkowski of the 167th West Virginia Air National Guard. "The big snow storm a few years back we responded in the local region, so we are obviously constantly ready for whatever may come."
 
The exercise took place between 9 a.m. and 12 pm.  Eleven West Virginia National Guard detachments participated.
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