GLEN JEAN, WV (NEWS RELEASE) – Beginning July 10, U.S. military and civilian members began arriving in Glen Jean, West Virginia., as part of Joint Task Force – National Scout Jamboree 2017, to support the Boy Scouts of America’s National Jamboree taking place at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve from July 19-28.
The Department of Defense has provided support to the National Boy Scout Jamboree since the Jamboree’s inception in 1931.
More than 1,400 military members from the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve, along with members of the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Coast Guard and National Guard members from multiple states will support the event under the Dual Status Command of Brig. Gen. Russell Crane, West Virginia. National Guard Assistant Adjutant General.
The combined effort of these members are providing logistics, security, aviation, air traffic control, weather detachment, transportation, limited medical, search and rescue, communications, ceremony and exhibit and public affairs support.
Premier Military Performing units such as the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, 3rd Infantry Regiment “Old Guard” silent drill team and the Marine Corps marching band are scheduled to perform.
In addition to supporting the Jamboree, the WVNG is hosting and leading two additional exercises in the month of July – Sentry Storm and Dawson Storm.
Sentry Story is scheduled to be hosted by the 167th Airlift Wing out of Martinsburg, West Virginia, July 15 – 19. Military assets from around the country are scheduled to train in West Virginia in areas such as conducting a C-17 aircrew, aeromedical evacuation and support services readiness training for domestic operations.
By conducting training that overlaps the timeframe of the Jamboree, Sentry Storm service members will be able to also operate on standby for airlift and medical support, should a domestic emergency event occur.
Dawson Storm is scheduled for July 20-25 in Preston, Monongalia and Kanawha counties. The exercise includes military and civilian emergency response units within Federal Emergency Management Agency Region III and aims to increase interoperability not only between units within the WVNG, but also with local first responders throughout the region. Participating units will take part in in real-world training scenarios to maximize their proficiency and response capabilities.