FORT HOOD — The 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment and the 13th Public Affairs Detachment are in the midst of a weeklong training exercise to prepare soldiers to respond to a natural disaster.

For the next year, the detachments are part of a national weather response mission.

Soldiers would help the local officials with the media as they discuss the integration of the Defense Department into their local recovery efforts.

During the scenario, soldiers worked as if responding to a hurricane that struck the Gulf Coast.

While monitoring and managing information, soldiers also prepped Col. Matt Elledge, garrison commander, as if he were a city manager of the wrecked city.

“It’s helping them out,” Elledge said of participating in the detachment’s training. “It’s such a small element on post, but an important element.”

Read the full story on the detachment’s training in Wednesday’s Fort Hood Herald.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here. You can contact Rose L. Thayer at rthayer@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here.

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