June 2014 National Guard MP Exercise in Houlton
A reminder to all area residents of the Maine National Guard MP Exercise this week in Houlton. Please be advised that this is just an exercise, and that you will be seeing an increase in military vehicles in the area.
We thank you all for your cooperation! Please see the press release below.
488th Military Police Company to Conduct Joint Exercise in Houlton
HOULTON, ME-The Maine Army National Guard 488th Military Police Company is conducting a joint military support to civil authorities exercise in Houlton, on June 11-12, 2014. The exercise will test the unit’s ability to respond to a scenario requiring it to partner with law enforcement and civil authorities.
The exercise is part of the units two week annual training June 6-20 and will be conducted at several locations statewide. The exercise includes the use of military vehicles and helicopters. This exercise is the culminating annual event for the unit and will test skills they have trained on throughout the year.
Darren Woods, Aroostook County Emergency Management Director stated “We are excited to see this culminating exercise and regularly plan exercises with the Maine Army National Guard. Giving soldiers, civilian first responders, federal and international partners an opportunity to strengthen relationships ahead of an incident is critical to our success.”
In 2012 the 488th Military Police Company deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan and conducted base security operations.
The unit will work with various agencies during the exercise including Aroostook County Emergency Management Agency, Maine State Police, Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department, and US Customs and Border Protection as well as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Canadian Border Service Agencies.
During this portion of the exercise you may experience an increase in military traffic and we ask for your continued patience. Any questions can be directed to: Maj. Michael Steinbuchel at (207) 430-5759.
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE,
VETERANS AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
Headquarters, Maine National Guard
Camp Keyes, Augusta, Maine 04333-0033
DATE: June 2, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Maine National Guard