Coastal Guard Auxiliary Members From Several States Stopped by Fort Chaffee

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FORT CHAFFEE, Ark. (KNWA) — Nearly 50 Coastal Guard Auxiliary members from 10 states came to Fort Chaffee, Saturday, August 18, for a special exercise.

The functional drills tested their capabilities and readiness to support the Coast Guard Active Duty if an incident should occur.

Members of the guard simulated a scenario in which there were continuous days of rain causing the Arkansas River to flood.

“It’s important for us to be prepared because in an actual incident the coast guard begins to allocate resources to that incident and you are taking people away from their primary duty stations and areas of responsibility and putting them towards the effort to respond to a national or regional incident,” Deputy Incident Commander Jeffery Geddes said.

Officials in charge of the exercises said it is the behind the scenes work that is often forgotten. 

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