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Military training continues, despite group's concern

Posted: Jun 11, 2018 4:26 PM Updated:

A Guam National Guard helicopter crashes in Adelup this morning...but no need to panic - it was just an exercise by the Guam National Guard and local first responders, preparing soldiers for the worst case scenario. The training was completed as planned, despite one local group's concern.

Better safe than sorry. With three soldiers on board, the UH-72 A Lakota Helicopter simulated a "crash" at Adelup, concluding days of National Guard training with an aviation pre-accident plan exercise.

Major Josephine Blas, public affairs officer for the Guam National Guard says it's a first to physically train with local first responders, telling KUAM News, "So far, so good. We have a checklist and so far everybody's been doing what they need to do. Guam Fire is the first to respond to take care of our injured personnel on the ground, and now we're waiting for everybody else in the checklist to do their part."

The Guard recently under fire from local activist group Prutehi Litekyan who sent a letter to Major Blas, citing concerns that "the Guam Army National Guard and Department of Defense did not seek public input or determine environmental impact" of the training in civilian spaces.

Major Blas responded by saying, "I personally don't think there was any environmental hazards, but if they are we'll always take those impacts into mind and we'll make sure we don't contribute to hazards or dangers in the community."

Major Blas says it's important to have these type of exercises in the community. She added, "Having the exercise right here at Adelup  you know in the middle of the village in the middle where everyone is at that's exactly where we are going to be if there was going to be a rescue operations, I think we need to have it in the community, because that's who we serve."

Ultimately the goal train soldiers and first responders to ensure the safety of the people of Guam in any emergency.

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