D-M, Tucson wrap up Vigilant Shield 07

Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. -- DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE - The exercise Vigilant Shield 07, which emphasized the synchronized response of local and national agencies to a major accident with nuclear implications, ended here today.

More than 430 service members and civilians from the Department of Homeland Security, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, FBI, Department of Energy, State of Arizona, and the City of Tucson worked beside more than 220 D-M Airmen during round-the-clock operations since Monday.

"The people and resources of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, together with the outstanding support of the city of Tucson and Mayor Bob Walkup, made this training experience a success. The base and city will no doubt walk away from this exercise better prepared to meet the challenges they could face in any scenario," said Ronnie Faircloth, Defense Threat Reduction Agency Acting Director of Combat Support.

The 355th Wing at DMAFB was chosen as the exercise site for its existing relationships with local, state and federal response elements, as well as for the optimal weather conditions of the city of Tucson. The exercise was not in response to any real-world threat or current event.

"The fact that we were selected as a venue for this exercise is testament to what we've accomplished here by working together. And now they've come to Tucson and seen it first-hand. I'm very proud to be a part of this," said Col. Kent Laughbaum, 355th Wing Commander.