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National Guard Uses Verizon Tech at Annual Emergency Response Drill

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The National Guard Bureau enlisted the help of Verizon to deploy more than 100 communication technologies for an ongoing first responder training exercise at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin. 

The company said Tuesday that its response team is using the Verizon Frontline mobile network and technology to provide on-demand communications support to participants in the National Guard's PATRIOT 21 event.

Verizon platforms deployed at the exercise include the Response Satellite Pico-cell on a Trailer, manually aimed satellites and antenna technologies.

The Verizon Response Team sets up Wi-Fi hotspots, portable cellular sites and other communications and network equipment to support emergency response missions.

In a separate announcement, the National Guard said more than 1,000 from both the public and private sectors are taking part in the four-week event that kicked off Monday.

The exercise features simulated scenarios designed to test the abilities of military and civilian personnel to operate in the event of a natural or a manmade disaster.