‘Operation Golden Coyote’ wrapping up
Published: Thursday, June 21st, 2012
The South Dakota National Guard’s 28th annual Golden Coyote training exercise is underway in Rapid City and the Southern Black Hills, with more than 2,200 service members participating from across the country and the world.
The two-week training exercise, which began June 9 and continues until June 23, allows military forces to conduct combat support and combat service support missions in a realistic training environment and provide valuable services to the public.
Created in the mid 1980s with the cooperation of the National Forest Service and Custer State Park, the exercise provides relevant training opportunities in support of overseas contingency operations and homeland defense. Golden Coyote has developed into one of the nation’s top training opportunities for National Guard, reserve and active-duty forces, as well as military personnel from foreign countries.
“This exercise is a great opportunity for units to tailor their training to their needs,” said Brig. Gen. Jeff Marlette, commander of forces for Golden Coyote. “Nationwide there are very few exercises that are designed for National Guard, U.S. reserve and international forces to come together and train.
There are 37 units representing 17 states and six foreign nations participating in the exercise and from multiple branches of military service – Army, Navy, and Air Force. This includes medical, chemical, transportation, signal, aviation, military police, engineer and quartermaster units. These military forces train on their equipment and employ tactics to prepare them for any future overseas deployment.
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