Military Immersion Training For Civiliansby Michael Patrick Brewer on Jan. 25, 2011, under Veterans Benefits
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Arizona National Guard to host Military Immersion Training for civilians
PHOENIX, Jan. 25, 2011 – The Arizona National Guard is hosting a
first-of-its-kind Military Immersion Training at Papago Park Military
Reservation, Feb. 9-10. The focus of this event is to increase knowledge and
understanding of the military culture, and to equip civilian providers and
media members with a sense of the needs of military and veteran families
Developed and conducted in partnership by the Arizona National Guard,
Arizona Coalition for Military Families, COPE Community Services, Governor’s
Office for Children, Youth & Families, and TriWest Healthcare Alliance, this
event will allow civilians to experience military life and to interact with
service members, veterans and family members.
“This is a unique opportunity to strengthen Arizona’s capacity to
serve and support its military and veteran populations by offering civilian
providers first-hand experience in the military/veteran culture,” said Capt.
Holly Brauer, one of the event’s organizers.
Civilian healthcare, behavioral health, social service, community
partners, and media representatives are welcome to participate in this
program. Doing so will broaden and deepen their understanding of the
experience by living a slice of it, said Brauer.
Planned activities include: drill practice; military occupational
specialty briefings; firsthand perspectives of service members, veterans and
family members; team building activities; physical training (modifications
will be offered for all fitness levels); military meals; briefings on key
resources; hands-on sessions with military equipment and vehicles; overnight
stay in military barracks.
What: Military Immersion Training
When: Wednesday, Feb. 9 beginning at 12:00 p.m. through Thursday,
Feb. 10 at 4:00 p.m.
Who: Healthcare, behavioral health, social service and community
partners (to include media)
Where: Papago Park Military Reservation, 5636 E. McDowell Rd.,
Phoenix, Ariz. 85008-3495
. interviews with representatives of the National Guard and planning
partners prior to event
. training activities (drill practice, early morning physical
training, equipment interaction)
. interviews with volunteers and attendees
NOTE TO MEDIA:
Directions to 5636 E. McDowell Rd, Phoenix: Take I-10 to SR 143 North. Exit
on SR 143 North. SR 143 ends on McDowell Road. Take a right onto McDowell
Go to Bushmaster Blvd. Take a left at the light onto Papago Park Military
MEDIA WILL BE GUIDED TO RESERVE PARKING.
Media point of contact:
1LT Valentine C. Castillo at 602-267-2550 or 602-206-7659 /
Valentine C. Castillo
1LT, Judge Advocate
Public Affairs Officer
Arizona National Guard