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SSG Glen Johnson was awarded the COL Wyatt Cole, Soldier of the year award for 2013 in recognition of his military service to the Military Department of Indiana Ceremonial Unit. His selfless dedication to duty, loyalty and respect has distinguished him from his peers by putting in countless hours of support to all aspects of the team when called upon.
Indiana Guard Reserve soldiers, under the leadership of 4th Brigade Commander, LTC Jerry Green, had the privilege of assisting the Indiana National Guard marshaling the 2013 Indianapolis Veterans Day Parade.
There was no shortage of training opportunities for IGR Soldiers during a warm fall weekend at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center.. Hundreds of Guard Reservists spent three days learning new skills and refreshing old ones. IGR Soldiers devoted a good portion of the weekend embracing their new role, training volunteers across the state in POD (point-of-distribution) setup and operation. The IGR will use these new skills at a statewide earthquake drill in 2014. Some of the other activities included search-and-rescue scenarios, a physical training challenge and medical response preparedness. All of the activities will assist IGR members as they respond to emergencies across the state.
In late September, hundreds of emergency workers from across Indiana took part in Tipton Twister at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center near Butlerville, Ind. The Indiana Guard Reserve hosted the participants at Contingency Operating Base Panther, inside the North Vernon airport. Here, the emergency workers registered for the state-level exercise, parked and staged emergency vehicles, and camped for the night. IGR Soldiers assured that the area was well-organized and safe for the visitors from across Indiana. In addition, the IGR provided VIPs tours of the camp and the training at MUTC.
About two dozen IGR soldiers provided traffic control, security and medical assistance at the annual Blue Star Salute held at Lucas Oil Raceway on 15 June. The Blue Star Celebration is a day to honor and show support for the families of the men and women in uniform. These families sacrifice every day for those who serve our country. The event included flyovers, car and motorcycle events, and appearances by Colts and Pacers cheerleaders and mascots. Click here for a photo gallery of the IGR’s role.