The U.S. Army National Guard planned to come to town in Mammoth Lakes on Wednesday for a multiple agency exercise they’re calling Operation Red Snow. According to Mammoth Police, this operation will help many agencies work together in case of “terrorism or weapons of mass destruction.” The National Guard 9th Civil Support Team will show up. They specialize in response to incidents of weapons of mass destruction. This unit conducts regular exercises. Their presence in Mammoth does not point to any new threats or anticipated problems. According to Mammoth’s Police Chief Dan Watson, it’s routine training.
Following is the complete press release from Mammoth Police.
“The Mammoth Lakes Police and Fire Departments, Mono County Health Department, and Mono County Sheriffs Department will be participating in Operation Red Snow, a joint exercise with the U.S. Army National Guard 9th Support Civil Support Team on Wednesday, February 15. The local agencies participation will only be on Wednesday, but the National Guard will be conducting a multiple day exercise. The purpose of the exercise is for the multiple agencies to work together in response to a scenario involving the possibility of terrorism or weapons of mass destruction.
The exercise on Wednesday will take place in the area of Main Street and Minaret and the public should be aware that there will be the presence of public safety equipment and vehicles.”