o Emergency Operations Centers and in the field
* Agency of Transportation
* Department of Health
Vermont Division of Emergency Management & Homeland Security/VT National Guard
* Town of Guilford
* City of Rutland
Vigilant Guard Fact Sheet – December 17, 2015
„We conduct these exercises so we’re ready to respond when real catastrophic events occur – like Tropical Storm Irene,“ DEMHS Director Christopher Herrick said. „The scenario will include large-scale representations of hazards we face in Vermont. They’ll require us to not only respond to a medical event, natural disaster, and other crises, but also recover from those events.“
* Department of Public Safety
On March 31st, 2004 four Blackwater security contractors were ambushed, killed, and mutilated on the outskirts of Fallujah. Before this highly publicized incident, the general public had little knowledge of private military contractors and their role in the War on Terror, specifically in Iraq.
The fierce fighting lasted for a month before US forces withdrew from the city and turned over control to the Fallujah Brigade.
Led by Marine Expeditionary Force commander Lt. Gen. James Conway and 1st Marine Division commander Maj. Gen. James Mattis, the battle was started in retaliation for consecutive attacks in the region including the brutal killings of four private military contractors.
Two U.S. private security contractors investigate the site where a military armored bus was damaged by a roadside bomb on the highway near Baghdad International Airport in Baghdad, Iraq in this Saturday, Nov. 27, 2004 file photo. Hadi Mizban/AP
When the battle began the term „Sunni Triangle“ became widely known since Fallujah was only one of several cities known to be Sunni strongholds, all of which were located in triangular area of a map Northwest of Baghdad.
April marks the anniversary of the First Battle of Fallujah, aka Operation Vigilant Resolve, which took place in 2004.
Four members of the second platoon of Bravo Company, First Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division were awarded the Silver Star — a record unmatched by any other company or platoon in the Global War on Terror, according to Military Times.
On May 1, 2003 President Bush gave a speech from the USS Abraham Lincoln in which he declared major combat operations in Iraq to be over. Although there continued to be guerrilla warfare, Operation Vigilant Resolve was the first time a major combat operation took place after that speech.
Al Qaeda fighters celebrate on vehicles taken from Iraqi security forces on a main street in Fallujah, 70 km (43 miles) west of Baghdad, March 20, 2014. Reuters