Hathaway participates in exercise

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

Army Sgt. Donnie R. Hathaway participated in an exercise termed Determined

Promise directed by the U.S. Northern Command headquartered at Peterson Air

Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colo. The multi-level, annual exercise involved Joint Task Force Civil Support and focused on a military assistance to civil authorities mission, and incorporated various Homeland Defense and Homeland Security situations. The major part of the exercise was conducted in Clark County, Nev., but played out in other specific areas in Colorado, Virginia, Kentucky and Washington, D.C.

Two thousand individuals participated in the two-week exercise which focused on a simulated bio-terrorism event involving local authorities dealing with a simulated outbreak of pneumonic plague that escalated rapidly and involved state and federal resources. Numerous other simulated and real events were conducted, including facing a simulated hurricane in the southeastern U.S., multiple homeland defense events, wildfires, and an airborne threat in Alaska. Participants included members of U.S. military forces, 15 federal offices and agencies, seven state and local agencies, American Red Cross, and the American Association of Railroads.

Determined Promise served to validate the U.S. Northern Command's organizational structure and concept of operations.

Hathaway is a satellite communication team chief assigned to the 235th Signal Company, Fort Gordon, Augusta, Ga. He has four years of military service.

He is the son of Edwin L. and Jo Della Harrison of Old Military Lane, Harrisburg.

His wife, Dolores, is the daughter of Jeff Burk and Sue Burk, both of Gaylord, Mich.

The sergeant is a 1996 graduate of Trumann High School, Ark.

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