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When 3,000 Explorers and their advisors visited Bloomington, Ind. for the National Law Enforcement & Fire and Emergency Services Exploring National Conference, they depended on the IGR for safety and guidance. Guard Reservists came out in force the week of July 13 to host the visitors who came from across the country. The IGR contributed to the medical, security, and public affairs operations during the week. IGR members also helped run the Cop Shop, the convention's law-enforcement store, and judged first aid and other competitions.
During the conference, thousands of Explorers participated in team competitions including arrest and search, crime scene investigation, bomb threat response, judgment pistol shooting, and crisis negotiation. Seminars on bomb investigations, combating terrorism, executive protection, narcotic trafficking, gang recognition, hate crimes, surveillance methods and technology, and other topics were offered by professional law enforcement specialists.
Hundreds of thousands of young American men and women aged 14-20 interested in the field of law enforcement have participated in Law Enforcement Exploring. This includes former Explorer and current National Law Enforcement Exploring Committee Chair, United States Secret Service Director Julia Pierson. Pierson and Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann inspired the Explorers during the event. Both thanked the IGR for its service during the event. See the photo gallery of the celebration here.
Over the July 4th weekend, IGR Soldiers didn't just celebrate the holiday; they helped other Hoosiers celebrate safely at two big events. Dozens of IGR members patrolled the streets of Lawrence during the city's Fourth of July parade. The next day, the annual National Guard Association of Indiana Car Show took center stage. Here, IGR members provided security and medical assistance and helped car owners register their wheels for the big event. See the photo gallery of both events here.
During this year's Indianapolis 500 Festival, hundreds of Guard Reservists volunteered for many of the annual activities such as the Mini Marathon and the Memorial Service. But this year, IGR Soldiers took on a new responsibility; they provided security, crowd control and traffic assistance during the parade. The mission took place inside and outside Tyndall Armory in downtown Indianapolis. Inside the armory, the IGR secured the facility as volunteers gathered to receive credentials, radios and meals. MG R. Martin Umbarger also visited the armory before his parade appearance. Outside the armory was a parade staging area, where Guard Reservists opened the path for the Indy 500 pace cars and for celebrities such as Governor Mike Pence, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, and the legendary Jim Nabors. IGR members also provided medical assistance. The detail was a success and the 500 Festival planners thanked the IGR for the assistance. See the photo gallery of the Memorial Service and Parade here.
A longtime friend and colleague of Indiana Guard Reserve Soldiers has passed away. Brig. Gen. William R. Gommel died May 13, 2014. He served as the Commander of the Indiana Air Guard Reserve from 1993 until 1997. Before serving in the IGR, he had a long and distinguished military career dating back to World War II. See Brig. Gen. Gommel's full biography here.
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SSG Glen Johnson was awarded the COL Wyatt Cole, Soldier of the year award for 2013 in recognition of his military service to the Military Department of Indiana Ceremonial Unit. His selfless dedication to duty, loyalty and respect has distinguished him from his peers by putting in countless hours of support to all aspects of the team when called upon.
Indiana Guard Reserve soldiers, under the leadership of 4th Brigade Commander, LTC Jerry Green, had the privilege of assisting the Indiana National Guard marshaling the 2013 Indianapolis Veterans Day Parade.