Task force provides real-world training

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  • By Maj. Candice Olmstead
  • JFHQ-ID Public Affairs
The 200-plus Airmen and Soldiers who make up the Joint Task Force Special Olympics are providing logistical support and emergency preparedness to the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games.

But Idaho National Guard leaders view this huge effort that puts Idaho on a world stage as an incredible opportunity to gain valuable real-world experience.

Col. John Goodale, the JTF commander, said the Idaho Guard is thrilled to provide logistics support and emergency preparedness support to the games.

"Supporting the Special Olympics games is not only its own reward, it also serves as a training event for the Idaho National Guard as we hone our skills to prepare for any disaster emergency."