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Fort McCoy hosting annual Patriot training exercise

SPARTA, WI (WTAQ) - Fort McCoy is hosting the National Guard’s annual Patriot training exercise this week.

It’s designed to show military units the strengths and weaknesses of their emergency response plans. It also evaluates the ability of Guard members to respond to various types of disasters, while working with local and state response teams.

Over 2,000 soldiers, airmen, and civilian first-responders from 26 states are taking part in the Patriot exercise. It began Monday at the Fort McCoy Army base between Sparta and Tomah – and it will wrap up Thursday.

The Army Reserve is involved for the first time. Wisconsin’s Regional Hazardous Materials’ Response Team is among the civilian units in the exercise, along with the state’s Disaster Medical Assistance Team.

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