2018 OPEX

Eighth Western Rivers Region

2018 OPEX Information


Welcome to the 8th Western Rivers Regional Operations Exercise (OPEX).  We will be conducting a Functional Exercise (FE) designed to improve the understanding and execution of the Incident Command System (ICS).  These events will be conducted simultaneously and in parallel with the traditional operational events historically conducted at an annual OPEX. 

OPEX events are scheduled for August 3-5 at Camp Dodge, IA and August 17-19 at Ft. Chaffee, AR.

Camp Dodge OPEX will be hosted at the Camp Dodge National Guard facility located in the beautiful Des Moines area.  Utilizing Saylorville Lake and Dam, a functional exercise will be conducted to strengthen our skills using the Incident Command System. Following the exercise, opportunities for a QE will be available.  In addition, continued boat crew and coxswain training, TCO training and qualification will be available on Sunday. 

Ft. Chaffee OPEX will be hosted  Ft. Chaffee Army National Guard installation in western Arkansas, adjacent to the city of Fort Smith.

For both events housing and meals will be provided, you need only register and attend.  If you choose to stay off base, please remember this will be on your own "dime". Please fill out and submit your registration form once you have decided which event you plan to attend.  

We ask that you bring the form regarding Vehicle & Facility Information with you to OPEX.  You will turn it in during the registration process.

We are looking forward to seeing many of you during one of the events. Let’s have some fun and most of all….be safe! 

Registration - Please click  HERE

Vehicle and Facility Information Form - Please click HERE