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Distinguished guests receive a tour of a U.S. Army UH-60 Blackhawk during the Domestic Operations Expo at the 181st Intelligence Wing, Terre Haute, IN., July 10, 2015.  The expo highlighted the capabilities of the 181st IW and local organizations during a domestic event, such as a natural disaster. The 181st IW is ready, reliable, and relevant. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Lonnie Wiram/Released)

Distinguished guests receive a tour of a U.S. Army UH-60 Blackhawk during the Domestic Operations Expo at the 181st Intelligence Wing, Terre Haute, IN., July 10, 2015. The expo highlighted the capabilities of the 181st IW and local organizations during a domestic event, such as a natural disaster. The 181st IW is ready, reliable, and relevant. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Lonnie Wiram/Released)

Distinguished guests receive a tour of a U.S. Army UH-60 Blackhawk during the Domestic Operations Expo at the 181st Intelligence Wing, Terre Haute, IN., July 10, 2015.  The expo highlighted the capabilities of the 181st IW and local organizations during a domestic event, such as a natural disaster. The 181st IW is ready, reliable, and relevant. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Lonnie Wiram/Released)

Distinguished guests receive a tour of a U.S. Army UH-60 Blackhawk during the Domestic Operations Expo at the 181st Intelligence Wing, Terre Haute, IN., July 10, 2015. The expo highlighted the capabilities of the 181st IW and local organizations during a domestic event, such as a natural disaster. The 181st IW is ready, reliable, and relevant. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Lonnie Wiram/Released)

HULMAN FIELD AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Ind. -- 181st Intelligence Wing hosted a Domestic Operations Exposition July 10, 2015.

The exposition highlighted the mission and capabilities of the 181 IW, State, and Federal disaster responders during domestic operations, such as a natural disaster.

Exposition participants included Indiana State University, Indiana Civil Air Patrol, Veterans Affairs, Vigo County Emergency Management Agency, Red Cross, 81st Troop Command, 38th Combat Aviation Brigade, Indiana State Police, Terre Haute Police Department, 19th CERFP, 53rd Civil Support Team, Indiana Blood Center, and the USO.

"The amount of capabilities here are overwhelming," said Jennifer de Medeiros, the emergency service program manager for the Department of Homeland Security. "I'm grateful for all of these abilities and I'm excited to integrate them into emergency response situations."

For us to be tasked to provide support in any situation, we must first be asked. How will people know to ask for us if they do not understand how we can help and what capabilities we have to offer, said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Craig Maschino, state liaison for domestic operations.

"Seeing these specific force packages and understanding how they can be used allows us to make our response much more powerful," said de Medeiros
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The exposition provided the opportunity for the 181 IW and all participants to highlight their capabilities to assist the Hoosiers of Indiana during a disaster or emergency.