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News Release

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Media Relations

Joint Operations Field Training Exercise

News Conference and photo opportunity

July 20, 2006
• 11 AM – news conference
• 12 PM – joint exercise scenarios

Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base
Los Alamitos, California
• Enter off Katella Avenue, south on Lexington to base entrance
• Media should arrive between 10:00 am and 10:30 am to be escorted onto base

Marine Aircraft Group 46 (Miramar Air Station), USMC
Los Angeles Police Department
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
Los Angeles Fire Department
Los Angeles County Fire Department

The Commanding General of the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, Brig. General David Papack, took the initiative to organize this training exercise to acquaint local public safety agencies with Marine Corps equipment, communications, and personnel, which may be made available in the event of a disaster.

The agencies listed will participate in the 3-day exercise, which begins today. The last day, July 20th, will begin with the news conference and culminate with scenarios presented for the media. Scenarios will demonstrate inter-agency cooperation and equipment capabilities.

An itinerary for the news conference and the scenarios is listed below:

Public Information Officers
GySgt Matthew Olivolo, USMC Lt. Paul Vernon, LAPD
Dep. RJ Juarez, LASD Capt. Ernie Bobadilla, LAFD
Capt. Mark Savage, LA Co. FD

Joint Operations Field Training Exercise – Itinerary for July 20, 2006

10:00 – 10:30 am Media arrive at Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base, Lexington Blvd, south from Katella Avenue, Los Alamitos

11:00 am News Conference begins: Brig. General David Papak, USMC; Brig. General James Combs, US Army; Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca; Los Angeles Fire Deputy Fire Chief Mario Rueda; Representative from Los Angeles County Fire Department. Other dignitaries from the federal government are tentatively scheduled to appear.

11:45 am Move to location for scenarios

This exercise will simulate the response of local public safety, supported by a local contingent of US Marines, Marine Aircraft Group 46, following an 8.0 earthquake that struck July 18, 2006, two days earlier. The earthquake shut down freeways, railways, roadways, communications, water supply and electrical power.

12:00 pm Scenarios begin:
• Logistics base distributes food and water
• Marines and LAFD conduct search and rescue and triage
• Unruly crowd threatens to loot logistics base for supplies
• Law enforcement inserts riot police by helicopter / Police disperse crowd / Order is restored at logistics base
• Injured found during search and the rescued are evacuated
• Law enforcement leave in troop trucks

12:45 pm Move to flight line

1:00 pm Final scenarios
• Helicopters land and remove injured person
• Marines refuel police and fire helicopters
• Law enforcement land and off-load helicopters

Media is welcome to remain at base for live broadcasts, if desired. Notify GySgt. Olivolo at event for arrangements.