- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) - The Guam National Guard is gearing up for a massive training exercise next week that will simulate destructive real-world scenarios such as terrorist threats.

The National Guard’s 94th Civil Support Team is participating in the multi-government training event that kicks off Tuesday morning. The Guard unit specializes in responses to weapons of mass destruction, Pacific Daily News reported (https://is.gd/SFYDlF ).

Next week’s exercise is called Kontra I Piligru and will involve more than 40 government agencies.

“We are in a very dynamic situation in the 21st century,” Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo said Wednesday at a news conference in Barrigada to announce the exercise. “It’s interesting to note that we are the closest American soil to one of the most dangerous rogue states in the world, North Korea.”

Ray Toves, director of the Army Pacific’s training and readiness division, said he could not provide details on scenarios to be played out in the training, but it would be loud.

“There’s going to be explosions throughout the island,” Toves said. “Explosions up in Anderson south that’s pretty much heard throughout this island.”

Members from the Alaska National Guard’s 103rd Civil Support Team also are participating and will evaluate and identify areas for improvement.

“If everything works well in the exercise, we will find that we had gaps,” said Guam Homeland Security Adviser Ambrosio Constantino. “And that’s the whole purpose of this. We want to find those gaps.”

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