Indiana Guard Reserve trains to help Hoosiers recover dollars and cents after a disaster
When major flooding is forecast, hundreds, or sometimes thousands of volunteers fill sandbags, gather supplies or move people to higher ground. But once the floodwaters rush in, there is a shortage of another kind of volunteer, someone who can assess the damage that storms leave behind.
“We’re dealing with people who are down and out and are really kind of lost for where they need to go,” said David Hosick, communications director for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. “We have a small staff at Indiana Homeland Security to carry out assessments after an incident.”
That is why the Indiana Guard Reserve joined other first responders in Road to Recovery, a state-level exercise at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center. This summer, nearly 20 Guard Reservists trained to assess damage and help flood victims.
“We rely on our community partners and our emergency management partners in counties across the state,” Hosick said. “That partnership is critical to being able to help people quickly and effectively.”
A quick response is needed so the state can apply for federal aid. Col. Joseph Luckett, who led the IGR’s participation in the exercise, said Guard Reservists can help.
“This will allow the state to get up to 75 percent of the cost of the disaster recovery from FEMA,” he said. “The IGR is always looking for opportunities to work together with local and state emergency management agencies in case there is a real disaster. The relationship and trust is already developed.”
Hosick said the Guard Reserve is an important partner that can help at a moment’s notice.
”The Guard Reserve is quick to react when called into action and are available to help in any way possible,” he said. “We just couldn’t do it without our partners like that.”
Indiana Guard Reserve honored to play pivotal role in ceremony for USS Indianapolis survivors
The Indiana Guard Reserve provided a Color Guard team for the opening ceremony of the reunion of the survivors and family members of the USS Indianapolis disaster. It was held at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Indianapolis on July 19.
On July 30, 1945 a Japanese torpedo hit the USS Indianapolis; it sank in 12 minutes. It was the greatest single loss of life at sea in the history of the U.S. Navy.
Command Sgt. Maj. Paul Clark, who led the IGR’s mission, said this event was important for Guard Reservists to be part of this historic event. “The first military history book I read while in 8th grade was the sinking of the USS Indianapolis,” Clark said. “I was struck by the determination and courage that the crew had to endure before they were rescued.”
Of the 317 survivors, only 14 are still with us. Of the 14, six of them were able to make the trip for the reunion. Several members of the IGR were able to do a meet and greet with some of the survivors before the ceremony.
The Color Guard team presented the Colors including the Navy and Marine flags to the audience. The IGR also provided the invocation from the lead chaplain of the IGR.
Clark said it was truly an honor to play a role in the event. “As the seas are starting to reclaim the souls and memories they shared aboard the USS Indianapolis, I was truly honored to supply their request for a Color Guard,” he said. “How could I say no to a piece of history from my youth to honor those that helped to end the war with Japan.”
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb attended the event and met and talked with the Color Guard team before the program.
Indiana Guard Reserve Demonstrates Readiness for Medical Emergencies or Natural Disasters
The secret is out. Several Indiana state departments now know, first hand, that the Indiana Guard Reserve is ready to set -up and staff the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) mobile hospital.
The week of July 9, dozens of IGR Soldiers volunteered to build, demonstrate, and tear-down the medical tent. The event was part of a Counter Terrorism and Security Council meeting, which was attended by numerous state agency heads, members of District 5 of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) and federal partners. IDHS asked the IGR to set-up the field hospital tent as part of this display.
In just a few hours, Guard Reservists unloaded the tent and medical equipment, box by box, built it from the ground up, wired the electricity and air conditioning, and staffed it.
Maj. Gen. Bruce Bowers says this is one more way the IGR has proven it is ready to act during a disaster.
“The Indiana Guard Reserve is here to assist the citizens of Indiana, through the Indiana National Guard, in both civil events and during time of emergencies,” Bowers said. “Our Soldiers and Medical Command are able to set up, staff and operate the mobile hospital anywhere in the state that it is needed within four hours of arriving at the appointed site of operation. We train for such emergencies several times a year and are willing and able to get the job done if the need arises.”
Since the IGR first unpacked the ISDH mobile hospital more than two years ago, its members have held numerous training sessions to become proficient setting it up and operating it. During these exercises, which took place across the state, from Warsaw to Edinburgh, dozens of Soldiers have learned the most efficient way get the hospital running.
During the Indiana Department of Homeland Security event, Guard Reservists also showed some of their other capabilities. They escorted VIPs through the facilities and provided other logistical support during the two-day event.
Guard Reservists Accomplish Moving Mission
When the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall came to Columbus in July, the Indiana Guard Reserve jumped at the opporunity to help with logistics and security. More than a dozen IGR soldiers helped around the clock during the Moving Wall's five-day stay in Indiana. The Moving Wall is a half-scale replica of the monument in Washington, DC and was displayed at the Bartholomew County Fairgrounds. See a photo gallery here.
IGR Builds a Hospital From the Ground Up
Summer Camp Meets Boot Camp
The week of June 27, 20116, more than 200 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.
IU trustee to play larger role in Indiana’s health and safety
Philip N. Eskew Jr., an Indiana University trustee and alumna, will now serve the state of Indiana in a new role, as a brigadier general in the Indiana Guard Reserve, Indiana’s state defense force.
Dr. Eskew has been a member of the Indiana Guard Reserve, or IGR, since 2001. Eskew was the first physician in the IGR and developed a medical unit capable of assisting the Indiana National Guard and the citizens of Indiana in the event of natural or manmade disaster.
“I hope to have the opportunity to actively implement and evaluate this process and develop it even further,” Eskew said. “The bottom line is that I volunteer and give back because I have been given so much. This is one way of doing that.”
Eskew has already given a lot to Hoosiers, as a doctor and teacher, Rotary Club organizer and Carmel school board member. He received a Sagamore of the Wabash in 1996 and the St. Vincent Hospital “Distinguished Physician Award” in 2000
“I enjoy teaching and mentoring others as well as helping others achieve their goals,” Eskew said.
IGR Brig. Gen. Hal Grigdesby says Eskew has already contributed so much to the state of Indiana. This new position will only strengthen his legacy.
“From organizing the move of St. Vincent hospital to its current location to mentoring dozens of residents and medical students, Phil has proven he can accomplish big things,” Grigdesby said. “Now, we’re sure he’ll help the IGR be ready for whatever Hoosiers may face in the future.”
When Earth Rocks, IGR Ready to Roll
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. This year, the Soldiers tackled a new role; they set up a mobile field hospital provided by the Indiana State Department of Health. The IGR also devoted a good portion of the weekend embracing other roles, training volunteers across the state in POD (point-of-distribution) setup and search-and-rescue operations. The Guard Reservists used these skills during a mock earthquake that hit southern Indiana. Some of the other activities included a physical training challenge and awards ceremonies. All of the activities will assist IGR members as they respond to emergencies across the state. See the Annual Training photo gallery here.
IGR works behind-the-scenes to keep Hoosiers safe during Indy 500 events
During this year's Indianapolis 500 Festival, hundreds of Guard Reservists volunteered for many of the annual activities such as the Mini Marathon, Memorial Service and Parade. IGR Soldiers provided security, crowd control and traffic assistance during the events. The missions took place across downtown Indianapolis.
During the parade, inside the armory, the IGR secured the facility as volunteers gathered to receive credentials, radios and meals. 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 Joe Hogsett, and several high-level military officials. 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.
Mini-Marathon... Major Mission
Indiana Guard Reserve Soldiers stayed busy during the 2016 Indianapolis 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. Guard Reservists helped several runners who needed help during the 40th annual race. The IGR Soldiers also kept a close watch on anything suspicious in the aftermath of what happened at the Boston Marathon several 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.
IGR Honored to Serve Indy Honor Flight
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.
IGR Supports Warfighter at Camp Atterbury
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.
IGR Commander Receives Top Honor
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”
IGR Hosts Chaplains from Across America
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.
At Annual Training, Guard Reservists prepare to keep Hoosiers prepared
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.
IGR Soldiers successfully "explore" new mission
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.