Charlotte-area residents might see a large military presence across the area for much of the week as the N.C. National Guard conducts special training exercises.
The National Guard will be training its Rapid Reaction Force (RRF), which can deploy anywhere in North Carolina within 24 to 36 hours.
National Guard officials say this week’s training, scheduled from Monday through Friday, will take place across the area, but specifically at three sites – te Charlotte Correctional Center at Camp Greene in southwest Charlotte; the Franklin Water Treatment Plant in the 5200 block of the Brookshire Freeway; and at the Catawba River Pump Station at Mountain Island Lake.
The public can expect to see a large number of military vehicles and personnel around the three areas.
The exercise provides the National Guard with a realistic scenario to plan, execute and assess its emergency response capabilities.
“The RRF exercise is an opportunity for the North Carolina National Guard to highlight special skills that give us the ability to provide valuable support to our communities, throughout the state during catastrophic homeland events,” said Lt. Col. Robert Ezzell, of the National Guard’s Joint Operations Team.
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