Lake Tobesofkee hosts 'Vigilant Guard' joint exercise

A "Vigilant Guard" joint exercise was held on Wednesday at Lake Tobesofkee / Perry Smith (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- The Macon-Bibb County Emergency Management, Georgia Air National Guard and other law enforcement met at Lake Tobesofkee for training exercises.

It's part of a much bigger joint exercise called "Vigilant Guard" that stretches across the state. It took a year of planning and brings together about 8,000 people from seven states.

"It allows us to work with these guys and get the training we need so when we really need it we can execute it effectively," said Jesse Simmons, Brigadier General with the Georgia Air National Guard.

Big training exercises like this happen every two years. It's even more rare for the Guardsmen to get the chance to work with local agencies so they said the training time is valuable.

It's the kind of experience that pays off during large evacuations and recovery efforts which we saw last summer when a tropical system hit coastal Georgia.

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