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North Carolina National Guard holds training exercise at the Port of Wilmington and Port of Morehead City, June 13-21

June 13, 2016

Wilmington, N.C. – The North Carolina National Guard (NCNG) will utilize the port facilities in Wilmington and Morehead City for a training exercise, designed to test the capabilities and coordination of local, state and federal agencies responding to an emergency. Local area residents will notice military, emergency response and law enforcement vehicles in the area, as well as National Guard troops in full military uniform. The drill also involves the use of military helicopters. Local residents should not be alarmed, as it is only an exercise.

The NCNG will work with the NC Emergency Management Eastern Branch, Brunswick County Emergency Management, New Hanover County Emergency Management, the New Hanover County Sherriff’s Office, the Wilmington Police Department and the State Crime Lab during the exercise.

There will be media availability to the exercise on Sunday, June 19 at the Port of Wilmington. Interviews with the NCNG and other subject matter experts will start at 9 a.m. Military Police and first responders will then participate in the exercise at 10 a.m. Please contact Cliff Pyron (cliff.pyron@ncports.com) or LTC Matthew Devivo (matthew.r.devivo.mil@mail.mil) if interested in this opportunity.

North Carolina’s Ports in Wilmington and Morehead City, plus inland terminals in Charlotte and in Greensboro, link the state’s consumers, businesses and industry to world markets, and serve as magnets to attract new business and industry while receiving no direct taxpayer subsidy. Port activities contribute statewide to 76,000 jobs and $700 million each year in state and local tax revenues.