The memo continues, “Ridge Runner exercises focus on Key Leader Engagements (meetings) but also include normal military maneuvers. Ridge Runner participants may be in military uniform, civilian attire, or a combination of both. All Ridge Runner participants will carry a Ridge Runner identification badge in addition to his or her military I.D.”
The Guard added that “the current military exercise is being conducted in the vicinity of the new Logan County National Guard Armory” at Holden.
In conclusion, the memo says, “the support from the citizens of Logan County and all of the rest of the West Virginians is greatly
appreciated and essential to the realism of Ridge Runner exercises. Through this partnership some economic gains could result
for the region.”
“The National Guard will be in and out of the Logan County area through next week doing their “Ridge Runner” training. The National Guard has advised Sheriff Sonya M. Dingess Porter that the Logan County Sheriff’s Office will be noticed in advance when the next training exercise will be occurring in Logan County so the public can be made aware.”
While Ellis said he is “a total supporter of the military” and has made no judgment as to who should have notified the public, he continued to call for a meeting with the Guard Tuesday. “We need to be sure this never happens again, here or anywhere else,” he said.