Democratic National Convention National Guard Rapid Reaction Force Training Photos and Videos


Soldiers in 1st Battalion, 113th Field Artillery Regiment, refine skills that could have been necessary if their unit had been needed to help local authorities ensure citizens' safety during an unruly civil disturbance. The unit acted as a reserve-support unit available to Joint Task Force “Panther" during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. Photo by Sgt. Kelsey Blankenship.

Soldiers of the Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 113th Field Artillery Regiment acted as a mab as fellow soldiers worked to ensure they were prepared if they had been called upon during Joint Task Force Panther to support the local authorities during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. There were over 800 service members supporting local authorities during JTF Panther. Photo by Sgt. Kelsey Blankenship.

Soldiers of the Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 113th Field Artillery Regiment wrestled a fellow soldier to the ground as they trained for the possibility of having been called upon by local authorities to assist in Joint Task Force Panther during the Democratic National Convention. The soldiers are a part of a Rapid Reaction Force Reserve unit who were to be on call with as little as 24 hours notice. Photo by Sgt. Kelsey Blankenship.

Soldiers of the Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 113th Field Artillery Regiment questioned a soldier after he was captured during a rehearsal for Joint Task Force Panther in Charlotte, N.C. The unit was a Rapid Reaction Force Reserve expected to be prepared to assist local authorities, if called upon, with 24-72 hours of notice. Photo by Sgt. Kelsey Blankenship.

Soldiers of the Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 113th Field Artillery Regiment searched the pockets of a fellow soldier while running through operations that may have been necessary if called upon to support the local authorities in Joint Task Force Panther during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. Soldiers played both the military role and acted as a civilian mob during their training. Photo by Sgt. Kelsey Blankenship.


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