Texas State Guard 2nd Brigade Sharpens Fundamental SAR Skills During Annual Training

During their Annual Training at in Bryan, Texas on April 20, 2024, members of the Search and Rescue (SAR) Team from the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Brigade of the Texas State Guard led a critical exercise focusing on the refinement of basic search and rescue skills. This exercise included training with ropes and various other equipment essential for effective SAR operations. The guardsmen demonstrated the construction of a hasty rope seat and the use of a carabiner, which were crucial for practicing extraction techniques across a temporary rope bridge. This training underscores the brigade’s readiness motto, “Ad Omnia Parati” (Ready For Anything), ensuring that they remain well-prepared for any disaster response scenario.

The Texas State Guard boasts one of the most proficient Search and Rescue teams in the nation, capable of executing missions in diverse environments ranging from dense woodlands and urban settings to maritime areas. These teams are particularly vital during severe weather events such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods, when they are swiftly mobilized to rescue Texans stranded by such disasters. The effectiveness of these SAR operations not only showcases the high level of training and preparedness of the guard but also highlights their commitment to safeguarding the lives and well-being of fellow Texans in times of crisis.

Search and Rescue (SAR) Team members of 2nd Battalion, 2nd Brigade, Texas State Guard, lead training and re-familiarization of basic search and rescue techniques with the use of ropes and other gear for guardsmen during Annual Training, Texas A&M University, Rellis Campus, Bryan, Texas, April 20, 2024. These are the basic skills used to locate and retrieve someone during search and rescue. Guardsmen also created a hasty rope seat and attached a carabiner which they used to practice extraction via a temporary rope bridge. Well done all! With well-trained and active search and rescue for disaster response, 2nd Brigade is “Ad Omnia Parati” (Ready For Anything!) (Texas State Guard photos by Warrant Officer 1 Michael Faber and 1st Sgt. Romel Acosta) #duty #honor #texas #TXSG #txlege #TexansServingTexas #TXMilitary
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