Military Training In The Air

By: Lindsay Puccio
By: Lindsay Puccio

September 29, 2006

Charlottesville Police, Fire and Rescue and UVa's ROTC, stepped aboard a military helicopter Friday evening as part of a training mission.

The military helicopter landed on the softball field behind the UVa JAG School. The purpose of the training is to test university emergency management plans in case a disaster happened in the Commonwealth.

"The National Guard is the first military responder on the grounds so we want to lean forward and work with state and local officials to make sure that we know who the important players are. [Also], that we're able to work together should there be some sort of incident," said Ct. Jim Tierney, UVa Army, ROTC, National Guard.

"This is going to be good exposure for our members to go in and take a look at the equipment and see how they use the equipment with people on them, [as well as] make things run more smoothly and effectively," said Joseph Baltz, Jr., of the UVa Medical Reserve Corps.

Shortly after landing, the helicopter took off with ROTC cadets and dropped them off at Fort Pickett in Blackstone, Virginia for further training.

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