Virginia Defense Force conducts statewide readiness exercise
211002-Z-A3554-1001.JPG Photo By: Chief Warrant Officer 2 (Va.) Jake Crocker

WARRENTON, Va. - Members of the Virginia Defense Force train in a Mobile Communication Platform Oct. 2, 2021, in Richmond, Virginia, during Highland Guardian 21. HG 21 is a statewide readiness exercise to test the VDF’s regional liaison, incident management assistance, access control and interoperable communications support capabilities. The VDF MCP is a 7 1/2 feet by 16 feet trailer equipped with multiple radio systems for voice and data communications. Using an MCP, members of the VDF are able to communicate across a variety of radio spectrums with emergency response and public safety organizations as well as amateur radio operators. Read more about VDF communications capabilities at


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