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New York National Guard Brig. Gen. Ray Shields, director of the Joint Staff, and Israeli Defense Force Maj. Zerit Gershkovitch, director of Public Guidance for the Israeli Home Front Command, listen to New York State commissioner for Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Jerome Hauer during a Hurricane Sandy roundtable discussion. Eight Israeli members of the Home Front Command met with New York National Guard and emergency managers in New York City, Jan. 31, 2013, to discuss best practices. Photo Credit: Col. Richard Goldenberg, New York National Guard

Eight leaders from the Israeli Defense Force learned how the New York National Guard did business during Hurricane Sandy from Guard leaders who oversaw the month-long response operation.

The Israeli Defense Force, or IDF, delegation met with New York National Guard Brig. Gen. Raymond Shields, the Director of the Joint Staff for the New York National Guard, and Lt. Col. Robert Mitchell, deputy director for New York National Guard domestic operations, Jan. 31.

The meeting with the Guard leaders and officials from the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, New York City’s Office of Emergency Management and the Fire Department of New York City was the culmination of a three-day visit by the IDF officers.

The Israeli delegation, including members of Israel’s National Police Force and the IDF’s Home Front Command — the Israeli equivalent to the National Guard — were in New York to learn about interagency disaster response and the integration of military and civilian responders.

Read the rest of Col. Richard Goldenberg report at army.mil

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