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Agencies, Military Use Homeland Center During Recent NATO Summit


Numerous state and federal agencies and the military recently used the Homeland Security Education Center at College of DuPage as the State Forward Operations in support of the NATO Summit in Chicago on May 20 and 21.

Personnel from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Illinois National Guard and additional agencies conducted exercises and operations that tested the building’s design and systems. A VIP delegation from NATO also toured the facility on May 18.
Trenton Thompson, IEMA chief of Operations, praised College of DuPage for its facilities and staff.

“Establishing an operational footprint during a disaster response can be a daunting task,” he said. “Establishing it as preparation for the NATO 2012 Conference seemed like an all-consuming task. But the leadership and staff at College of DuPage made the ‘challenge’ seem more like a daily task. The facilities are incredible and met every need. As for the staff, you couldn’t ask for a more supportive and willing team to work with.”

Joseph Cassidy, dean of Continuing Education/Extended Learning at College of DuPage, said this type of activity was envisioned when designing the HEC.

“In addition to the excellent academic work in the classrooms, we realized the potential of having a facility that could be used to support regional public safety and community service,” he said.

Click here to watch a video about the operation. Click here to view photos.

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