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The week of June 22, 2015, about 220 public high school students from across Indiana, including Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Hammond, Evansville, Marion, and Terre Haute converged on Camp Atterbury for the Junior ROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge.
The cadets woke-up at 6 a.m. each day for a long, but fun-filled day of physical and mental training. The students learned critical leadership and teamwork skills that will help them succeed in life after high school. They built and crossed rope bridges, rappelled a 60-foot tower and participated in other team-building exercises. The cadre for the events consisted of members of the JROTC programs, the Indiana Guard Reserve and the Indiana Army National Guard. Dozens of people pitched-in to be sure the students trained in a safe and stimulating environment.
The summer JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge is held by the Army JROTC and the Indiana Guard Reserve. A photo gallery of the event is available here.
Indiana Guard Reserve Soldiers stayed busy during the 2015 Indianapolis 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. Guard Reservists helped several runners who needed help during the 39th annual race. The IGR Soldiers also kept a close watch on anything suspicious in the aftermath of what happened at the Boston Marathon two years ago. More than 30-thousand runners and walkers hit the streets of the 13.1 mile course on a mild, sunny morning. Hundreds of IGR Soldiers also blocked off busy streets, keeping the runners, walkers and spectators safe. The IGR was joined by dozens of cadets from the Hoosier Youth ChalleNGe Academy. Click here for the photo gallery of the Mini-Marathon.
The Indiana Guard Reserve provided the color guard for 200 veterans returning from Washington, DC after the Honor Flight over the weekend of April 3-4, 2015.
Hundreds of people welcome the veterans home at Plainfield High School. There was a parade that included the IGR, Gordon Pipers, and the Hendricks County Sheriffs Department, along with lots of pictures and flags. It was all to say thanks to the returning veterans. You can see the IGR's role during the ceremony here.
During the recent Warfighter Exercise at Atterbury-Muscatatuck, a team of IGR personnel helped backfill critical support positions, which allowed several thousand Soldiers and Airmen to remain focused on the joint service computer simulated exercise staged at Atterbury’s Joint Simulation Training Exercise Center.
Guard Reservists worked in several roles, including assisting military police and providing other logistical support for the mission. Read the entire article about the IGR's role and the Warfighter Exercise here.
On Veterans Day, 2014, Major General F. Barry Green was awarded the Robert G. Moorhead Award for Retired Military. It was presented to him at the 50th Annual Veterans Day Banquet held in Indianapolis. The Robert G. Moorhead Award is given in memory of Major General Robert G. Moorhead. Maj. Gen. Moorhead served in the Army during WWII and joined the Indiana National Guard upon his return, eventually rising to the position of 38th Infantry Division Commander. The award is presented to a retired service member who has continued to make a valuable contribution to the military, active duty, Guard, Reserve or veterans.
General Green has a total of 58 years of military service to the state and federal government. He retired from the Indiana National Guard in 1998 and joined the Indiana Guard Reserve. He was appointed Commander of the IGR in 2005 and has been our unit Commander for the past nine years. The Award is inscribed “Major General (IGR) F. Barry Green – In Recognition of his Outstanding Contribution to the Military Community, following his own Military Retirement. – November 11, 2014”
A dozen chaplains from across the country are now more prepared to help Soldiers and other citizens during their time of need, thanks to the Indiana Guard Reserve. The State Guard Association of the United States (SGAUS) and IGR teamed up to provide chaplain training at Camp Atterbury from Oct. 13-15. They held workshops on topics such as post traumatic stress disorder, first aid, spiritual leadership and crisis intervention. SGAUS Chaplain (Colonel) Frederick Glazier organized the event with the IGR. "We are helping chaplains be chaplains," Glazier said. He added that the 20-hours of classroom and field training help prepare the chaplains for many kinds of situations.
State Guard chaplains assist in any type of disaster, natural or manmade. "We deal with emergency management - everything from shelter care to suicide prevention and grief counseling wherever people are in crisis," Glazier said. He pointed out that volunteers spend about four months putting together regional workshops like this one. This conference was attended by chaplains from as close as Indiana and Ohio and as far away as Texas and Mississippi. Glazier said he hopes these training sessions teach chaplains new skills, empower them and create fellowship. "And I think we accomplish that," Glazier said.
There was no shortage of training opportunities for IGR Soldiers during a warm fall weekend at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center.. Hundreds of Guard Reservists spent three days learning new skills and refreshing old ones. IGR Soldiers devoted a good portion of the weekend embracing their new role, training volunteers across the state in POD (point-of-distribution) setup and operation. The IGR will use these new skills across the state in 2015. Some of the other activities included search-and-rescue scenarios, a physical training challenge and medical response preparedness. All of the activities will assist IGR members as they respond to emergencies across the state. See the Annual Training photo gallery here.
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.