Guest Post from Major General Frank Vavala, Delaware National Guard:
In June, a team of communications soldiers from T&T visited our Bethany Beach Training Site to learn how we communicate during natural disasters. We taught them about some of the unique capabilities and equipment here in Delaware that lets us talk among emergency responders when normal communications are down. This is the first meeting for this group and the next step is to discuss how we can build on the exchange.
The Delaware National Guard is known as “The Signal State” because of our history and expertise in communications.
Our training site hosts a number of courses that are attended by Soldiers from all over the United States. As a result of this exchange, one of the new tasks will be for the Soldiers in Bethany Beach to establish a communications line with the Soldiers in Trinidad. Its great training for both the U.S. military and the Trinidad & Tobago troops.
Through sharing best practices and lessons learned, we agree communication is one of the most critical aspects in disaster response and management. As part of the State Partnership Program we are working with our partners again next month as we participate in a regional disaster management exercise and conference with civilian emergency responders.