Fort Belvoir law enforcement, fire, emergency services and support personnel joined other military, federal, local and interagency partners in a series of Defense Support to Civil Authorities training scenarios as part of Capital Shield 2019, Sept. 3-5.

The annual exercise tested emergency readiness and interoperability between military and civilian agencies, if an emergency happens, according to John Backus, Fort Belvoir Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security contingency plans specialist.

The combined training enhances cooperation, allowing for a well-prepared response to protect the public in the event of an actual disaster in the National Capital Region.

Exercises, such as Capital Shield, enhance readiness by ensuring military forces are fully trained, equipped and ready to perform a wide spectrum of operations in support of civil authorities.

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