SC National Guard Drills Door-to-Door ”Wellness Checks”

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

In yet another example of the growing trend of the process of acclimatization of the general public to an open military presence on American streets as well as greater cooperation between the US Military and civilian law enforcement, South Carolina was recently the scene of a statewide “emergency preparedness” drill that incorporated both of these aspects in a visible form.

On March 7, 2015, the state-wide drill, entitled Operation Vigilant Guard, took place under the pretext of preparation for the inevitable destruction a hurricane would bring to South Carolina. According to reports in the local media, the drills were based on the premise of the landfall of a Category 4 hurricane and “how they’d respond to get citizens help” in such an event.

The training involved the South Carolina National Guard as well as National Guard units from Georgia in addition to participants from local and state law enforcement agencies as well as local and state “officials.”

In the Florence area, there were at least 400 hundred military personnel involved in the exercise. All in all, however, around 2,000 military personnel participated state-wide and 5,000 participants were involved from South Carolina emergency management Divisions and county divisions of Emergency Management.

According to the National Guard press release announcing the drill,

The South Carolina National Guard, along with state and county emergency management agencies, will conduct a disaster readiness exercise called Vigilant Guard beginning this weekend, part of which will include the mock in-processing of approximately 300 military and civilian personnel Saturday at McCrady Training Center in Eastover.

Joint Reception, Staging, Onward Movement, and Integration, or JRSOI, is the process that will be utilized by the South Carolina National Guard to in-process support personnel from partner agencies during a real-world emergency.


Vigilant Guard is an eight-day field exercise held March 5-12, taking place at numerous locations across South Carolina. This exercise will test the ability of the National Guard to support response operations based on simulated emergency scenarios such as the landfall of a hurricane, a collapsed building, widespread fires and mass casualties.

The National Guard, along with local, state and federal partners will be deployed to exercise venues in Georgetown, with other sites including Moncks Corner, Spartanburg, Florence, West Columbia and Williamsburg.

While this writer witnessed a portion of the drill in Florence, the application of the drill in Monck’s Corner is what is most disturbing.

In Monck’s Corner, SC National Guard personnel, the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, and other state and local “emergency responders” went door to door conducting “wellness checks” on civilian homes. The sight of military personnel going door to door in civilian neighborhoods is beyond creepy to say the least.

As the Press Release on the SC National Guard website states,

The SCNG partnered with the S.C. State Guard, the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department and other local emergency responders to conduct health and wellness checks in the Overton neighborhood. The joint task force went door-to-door checking on the local residents, assessed their needs and determined how best to meet those needs in a real response.

“In the scenario, our job today was to assist the S.C. State Guard, along with various Berkeley County emergency responders, and perform health and wellness checks for citizens who might have been affected by the storm,” said Sgt. Jeremy Argabright, Bravo Company, 1-118 Infantry.

Such door-to-door “wellness checks” also took place in Overton, S.C.

The portion of the drills that were witnessed by this writer involved a setup of about 9 military tents outside of the Florence, SC airport. A number of trucks were present as well as Humvees, many of which were outfitted with machine gun turrets and machine guns. A sign reading “Region 4: HRF” was posted outside of the airport. HRF stands for Homeland Response Force and Region 4 represents the FEMA region of the area. As the convoy was preparing to leave the field site in front of the airport, a bus had been added to the mix. Many helicopters and chopper sightings were reported as well.

Numerous military vehicles were seen on the streets of Florence throughout the day.

It should be noted, however, that while the local media and the State Guard represented the exercises as having been focused on hurricane landfall and natural disasters, there were unconfirmed reports of artillery being fired in the areas near Florence and Pamplico.

There were other reports suggesting (also not confirmed) that private military contractors may have been involved as well.

Although both the National Guard and the media implied that the Vigilant Guard exercise was state-based, Vigilant Guard is a federally-funded exercise sponsored by US NORTHCOM that seeks to encourage and further cooperation between Federal, State, and local “emergency management” agencies and “first responders.”

This is perhaps why the same drill took place in North Carolina as well on the same day since the training is based in terms of region. In Charlotte, military personnel practiced providing security for the Water Treatment plant while other personnel drilled on “keeping the peace.”

Of course, few would argue that preparedness and training for emergencies on the part of government agencies, the military, or other appropriate public institutions is a bad idea. However, given the fact that these drills and training operations are clearly being used to acclimatize the general public to seeing and accepting an open military presence on the streets of the U.S., one would be justified in wondering whether or not these drills are truly designed to prepare anything other than the minds of the American people.

Considering what happened in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and the treasonous response of the National Guard there, one would certainly hope that lessons have been learned. Unfortunately, the trend of events in the United States tends to point toward more Katrina-style responses, not less.

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Brandon Turbeville is an author out of Florence, South Carolina. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Francis Marion University and is the author of six books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real ConspiraciesFive Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 and volume 2, and The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria. Turbeville has published over 500 articles dealing on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s podcast Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV.  He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) 

  • Undecider

    The solution is extremely simple. Exercise the first half of the 2nd Amendment. That being to form militias. The NG would not do this in areas where militias were prominent.

    If you want the NG off your streets, establish militias. And no, the NG is NOT the militia.

    • TRAV

      YES! THIS IS IT!! For anyone who isn’t aware YOU MUST WATCH THIS:

      Mark Passio – The True Meaning And Purpose Of The 2nd Amendment

      • mytraintrax

        This is one of the best reviews and the most accurate interpretations of the 2nd amendment I have ever seen, why is this guy not the spokesperson for the halfwits at the NRA and why is this not posted everywhere for the whole of North America to see, all the research check out and proves he is right.

        • Rudy Campilii

          The NRA approved the 1968 Gun Law which by the by is almost verbatim the Nazi’s 1933 German Gun Law. The NRA is not on your side, they are a political lobbying organization and as such they are only interested in what is best for the NRA to stay in business.

      • JoAnn Barrick

        WOW, that was an AWESOME video ! Every American needs to watch it, and REMEMBER what it really means !!!

    • BrooklynJoJo

      you are so right, WE THE PEOPLE have stand together against any evil he is trying to do, now we know why he wants our guns, so we cannot defend ourselves and families, what we need is the MERCENARIES from years ago. now the national guard is being used by this demon

      • Rudy Campilii

        Obama is to smart to “want our guns” because he knows that would be impossible. That is why he is going after the bullets. Because a fire arm without bullets is just a club.

    • isnamthere

      Right. And then what to do when the “militia” starts doing “wellness checks” door to door?

  • colinjames71

    The premise for this exercise is laughable. If they just coordinate communications and supply chains and get instructed on their duties, since a hurricane is entirely probable, that’s one thing. But door to door? Seeing as how after a hurricane, navigating will be entirely unpredictable, going door to door is a useless exercise since roads will be flooded, trees down, houses flattened, etc, everything will be chaotic- you can’t simulate that, not even close, after a natural disaster bad enough to need the NG. Total farce. And like you said, it ain’t gonna be all friendly and we’re-just-here-to-help ala Katrina. Jaw dropped the second I read the headline because I basically had the exact same reaction as to the real purpose. “Keeping the peace” via tyrannical police state measures with full military backing, now that posse comitatus (sp?) is kaput thanks to the NDAA. Not that they’d have abided anyway if and when the shit his the fan. Horrifying.

  • Warpaint

    The Militias where locally governed (Reporting to the Govenor) unlike the NG, now the NG is just the second string for our standing Army. Our National Guard should NEVER be used outside this country as it has been in Iraq and Afganastan.

  • dan

    time to turn ‘the dogs loose’….when unwanted people are on YOUR property….in the south that is a custom….I am told…..

  • Morgan23

    Oh as I was reading i thought they must have meant this was happening in North Korea………. Well, we’re getting there aren’t we? Once His Majesty Barack H. Obama has his “National Police Force” i.e. Black Panthers, ( to make sure there are no more Ferguson like incidents, because, you know, Black lives matter) this will be a daily occurrence as they try to confiscate all of our weapons.

    • Bobtrhn

      You said it. TRY!

    • Rudy Campilii

      Obama’s “National Security Force” is the Department of Homeland Security”
      The actual number of Black Panthers nationally is around two hundred people. They just have a scary sounding name.

      • Morgan23

        I know but it isn’t just his idea is it? It is the idea of the “ruling class”. Republicans and Democrats alike. Time to eliminate the “ruling class” at the ballot box by enforcing term limits and return the ‘ruling class” to the ruled, with the rest of us and make the ‘ruling class” back into the public servants they should be. We are the ones at fault. WE have allowed these turkeys to become ‘career politicians” engaged only in the justification and re-election of themselves and not the public good. Too many politicians, too many government employees taking it upon themselves to determine what is good for us while making sure the government jobs pay well enough for themselves. Time to eliminate government employee unions once and for all. Even that great socialist Franklin Roosevelt knew government unions were a bad idea.

      • Eileen Kuch

        And, guess who’s really behind the Dept. of Homeland Security – err – Insecurity. It’s an Israeli creation, along with its subsidiary, TSA.
        Israel occupies the USSA in the form of “Homeland Security”; it takes its orders – not from the POTUS – but from Tel Aviv.

    • isnamthere

      Watch out, Morgan. The black panthers are probably hiding under your bed right now!

    • thelargekahoona

      Actually the Panthers were not what people think. They were exposing police corruption and CIA drug running in the black community. This did not sit well with the powers that be, the FBI and CIA got involved with their usual bag of ‘black tricks’ and painted a much different picture. Think COINTELPRO and a few spook names from the CIA.

  • John C Carleton

    In the early eighties I saw National Guardsmen manning border checkpoints. I told people they are just trying to get you used to seeing military being used in a law enforcement manner. Most people I told that to thought I was “paranoid” or a “conspiracy” nut. Sense that time, Posse Comitatus has been gutted. This is more conditioning for the sheep.

    • Boudica

      Thank you! I have pretty much given up on speaking up. It has become an exercise in futility. The only other thing I will say is, “I told you so.”

  • Beaumont

    There is no need for any ostensible, national emergency, in order to make a social call, particularly if civilians are understood to be carrying-out the exercise.

    Protests, rhetorical or otherwise, would be against social workers, already known to come bearing gifts, in the form of benefits and entitlement programs.

  • gunnygil

    In reality the Louisiana Guard was kept from doing any rapid response relief work by the Governor. Same with relief trucks with water and ice sitting outside the disaster zone waiting for permission to deliver their goods to the affected. My ex and her then hubby sat for 10 days in their 18 wheeler at Baton Rouge loaded with relief goods, and then were instructed to go to a dump area and dump all the water and ice they had aboard. The fed could at that time only enter a state or community to render aid at the REQUEST of the state or community officials. Now, under Barry, the Fed has free reign over those entities and even your home and goods you may have stockpiled

  • Willy Nilly

    I wonder if these “wellness checks” are a precursor for the type of wellness checks carried out by FEMA’s hired thugs from Blackwater post Katrina where their concern for the public’s safety was demonstrated by kicking down the doors of people who stayed to protect their homes and brutalized them and summarily confiscated their means of self defense?

  • Kansas Bright

    First, there is NO SUCH THING as “martial law” or “emergency powers” here in America. It is an attack on US citizens by traitors to the USA, the US Constitution, and the American people. Proof at the end of this comment, though if you did not already know that you need to READ the US Constitution because YOU are a part of the problem and why those domestic enemies and traitors feel they can do those things.

    “Martial law” and/or “emergency powers” are the direct OPPOSITE of the US Constitution which IS our government.

    Just because a person in a suit, uniform, or anything else tells you that there is and that they jut enacted it means nothing other then that we are under attack. The first person that should be arrested, prosecuted, and if found guilty, HUNG by the neck until dead for treason is the person who made the order whatever position the traitor occupies within our governments – state or federal.

    That person is the lawful first target as a traitorous, *terrorist who ordered those too stupid to realize that their Oath makes them PERSONALLY responsible for their actions when under orders to implement those treasonous orders. It also is a felony and the crime of Perjury to break your Oath. That Oath is NOT to any person, place, office, etc, it is to the US Constitution.

    * 28 C.F.R. Section 0.85 Terrorism is defined as “the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives”.

    Title 18 U.S. Code section 2381: “When in the presence of two witnesses to the same overt act or in an open court of law if you fail to timely move to protect and defend the constitution of the United States and honor your oath of office you are subject to the charge of capital felony treason, and upon conviction you will be taken by the posse to the nearest busy intersection and at high noon hung by the neck until dead…The body to remain in state till dusk as an example to anyone who takes his oath of office lightly.

    (Revised) Title 18 U.S. Code section 2381: Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.


    Supreme Court of the United States: “The Constitution of the United States is a law for rulers and people, equally in war and peace, and covers with the shield of its protection all classes of men, at all times, and UNDER ALL CIRCUMSTANCES. No doctrine involving more pernicious consequences was ever invented by the wit of man than that any of its provisions can be suspended during any of the great exigencies of government. Such a doctrine leads directly to anarchy or despotism.”

    Home Building & Loan Association v. Blaisdell, 290 U.S. 398, 425 (1934):
    “Emergency does not create power. Emergency does not increase granted power or remove or diminish the restrictions upon power granted or reserved. The Constitution was adopted in a period of grave emergency. Its
    grants of power to the Federal Government and its limitations of the power of the States were determined in the light of emergency and they are not altered by emergency.”

    James Madison, the Father of the US Constitution: “Because if . . . [An Unalienable Natural Right of Free Men]… be exempt from the authority of the Society at large, still less can it be subject to that of the Legislative Body. The latter are but the creatures and vicegerents of the former. Their jurisdiction is both derivative and limited: It is limited with regard to the coordinate departments, more necessarily is it limited with regard to the
    constituents. The preservation of a free Government requires, not merely, that the metes and bounds which separate each department of power be
    invariably maintained: but more especially that neither of them be suffered to overleap the greater Barrier which defends the rights of the people. The Rulers who are guilty of such an encroachment, exceed the commission from which they derive their authority, and are Tyrants. The people who submit to it are governed by laws made neither by themselves nor by an authority derived from them, and are Slaves”

    People v Herkimer, 4 Cowen (NY) 345, 348: “The people or sovereign are not bound by general word in statutes, restrictive of prerogative right, title or interest, unless expressly named. Acts of limitation do not bind the King or the people. The people have been ceded all the rights of the King, the former sovereign,…..It is a maxim of the common law, that when an act is
    made for the common good and to prevent injury, the King shall be bound, though not named, but when a statute is general and prerogative right would be divested or taken from the King (or the people) he shall not be bound.”

    Dr. Edwin Vieira: “This has nothing to do with personalities or subjective ideas. It’s a matter of what the Constitution provides…

    The government of the United States has never violated anyone’s
    constitutional rights… The government of the United States will never violate anyone constitutional rights, because it cannot violate anyone’s
    constitutional rights.

    The reason for that is: The government of the United States is that set of actions by public officials that are consistent with the Constitution.
    Outside of its constitutional powers, the government of the United States has no legitimacy. It has no authority; and, it really even has no existence. It is what lawyers call a legal fiction.
    … the famous case Norton v. Shelby County… The Court said: “An
    unconstitutional act is not a law; it confers no rights; it imposes no duties. It is, in legal contemplation, as inoperative as though it had never been passed.”

    And that applies to any (and all) governmental action outside of the Constitution…”

    What are the defining characteristics of a limited government? They
    are its disabilities; what it does not have legal authority to do. Look at the First Amendment… What does it do? It guarantees freedom of speech, freedom of press, freedom of religion.

    But how does it do that? I quote: “Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech or of the press” etcetera.

    “Congress shall make no law;” that’s a statement of an absence of power. That’s a statement of a disability.

    If we go to the doctrine of “Emergency Powers,”… what was the foundational case that put that doctrine on the constitutional map? It was Knox vs. Lee, the legal tender cases brought after the Civil War….
    …How do you define, or how would you characterize, a government resting in the unrestrained will of Congress, or any other political body? It is by definition a totalitarian government…

    The Federal Reserve System was there when the greatest banking collapse in American history occurred, in 1932-1933, and in what was called the Great Depression of the 1930s. In that period what happened? The Roosevelt New Deal.

    What were the powers they were screaming for? Emergency powers. You’ll find that written into many statutes, e.g., The Emergency Banking Act of 1933. You should pay attention to the title, The Emergency Banking Act of 1933, and the “Aggregate Powers” doctrine. It’s been all downhill since then.

    How should that have been done? Well, Americans would have had to
    understand and enforce their Constitution. You notice I say Americans, not the Congress or the Supreme Court, because who is the final arbiter of this document? [holding a copy of the Constitution] It is not Congress, and it is
    not the Supreme Court. It is “we the people.”

    Read the thing. How does it start? “We the people do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States”; not “we the politicians,” not “we the judges.” Those people are the agents of the people. We the people are the principals. The doctrine is very clear that, being the principals, we are the Constitution’s ultimate interpreters and enforcers. You don’t have to take my word for it. Let’s go back to the Founding Fathers…

    The Founding Fathers were profound students of law and political
    philosophy, their knowledge unequaled by any today. Their mentor in that era was William Blackstone, who wrote Blackstone’s Commentaries, probably the most widely read legal treatise of its time, certainly here in the United States.

    What did Blackstone write about this subject? He wrote, “Whenever a
    question arises between the society at large and any magistrate vested with powers originally delegated by that society, it must be decided by the voice of the society itself; there is not upon earth any other tribunal to resort to.””We the people are the Constitution’s ultimate interpreters”. Dr. Edwin Vieira, (end Dr. Vieira Quote)

    So now you know that the Supreme Court gave the “authority” to call “martial law” or “emergency powers”. The problem is that authority was NEVER given to the courts to use or to assign. The US Constitution is what assigns the powers, not those who serve within the governments themselves – whatever branch they occupy.

    Emergency Powers ( )

    In times of crisis presidents often lay claim to extraordinary powers to preserve the nation. Such emergency powers are neither granted expressly to the president nor delegated to Congress by the Constitution. Instead, they are judged to reside purely in the need for leaders to protect national sovereignty and domestic order. The mandate in Article II that the president “preserve, protect and defend” the US Constitution and uphold its provisions is considered (by those who want those powers) to contain implicitly the notion of emergency powers. Yet that cannot be true since they are required to “PRESERVE”, not only “protect and defend” the US Constitution. In actuality all US Presidents are held to a higher standard then everyone else as they are the ones charges with implementing the “laws of the land” – all that are IN Pursuance thereof the US Constitution. The wording of the Presidential Oath was established in the Constitution
    in Article II, Section 1, Clause 8.

    ‘Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following
    Oath or Affirmation: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”’

    Notice that the Framers placed the presidential Oath of Office after the beginning clauses which set forth the organization of the executive department, and before the ending clauses that specify the contours of the President’s assigned power. The President is required to take the oath after he assumes the office but before he can lawfully execute it. The location and phrasing of the Oath of Office Clause strongly suggest that it is not empowering, but that it is limiting – the clause limits how the President’s “executive power” is to be exercised.” (End quote)

    • Gary

      Considering all the effort that was put forth to assemble the above response no mention of the Act of 1871 when the Government was turned into a Corporation. The original Constitution was ” the Constitution of the united States” under Common Law. The corporate charter Is ” THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES” under maritime, ucc, or Admiralty law. One of the easiest ways to prove this is to enter any courtroom and look at the flag. The American Flag has no adornments and Nothing flies or is positioned above it. The Maritime flag has gold fringe and an eagle on top simple proof but true. This is only one of many steps taken by the Cabal to gain control of the united States including the Federal Reserve act and HJR 192 in 1933. etc. etc.

  • This is just a test!
    Keep calm and don’t worry!
    This is just a test!
    If you believe that, I got some swamp land in the everglades for sale!
    rick miracle, the truth seeker

  • Sammy

    If your pretending there has been a disaster, pretend I said I’m fine. I don’t need to be trained to comply to your BS.

  • Dan

    Get ready for the police state. Coming to every community, for the greater good of mother america.

  • Abe

    Sounds more like a fire arm confiscation drill to me. Wellness my ass! It always means opposite!

  • thisweekinfascism7(5)

    Every president (both R/D) since Nixon has become more fascist than the last. They want us to think it’s left vs. right, but it’s really rich vs. poor. It always has been. The military are gangsters for capitalism.

  • Mike Lashewitz

    This would have made me very uncomfortable. As though I welcome the military (I was for 22 years) I am not comfortable to have “military” coming to my home over something so BOGUS as “wellness checks”. This isn’t Britain and I have no interest in having my physical health being dealt with by anyone other than those WHOM I CHOOSE.

    I do not accept vaccines and have not since 1977. I have not been sick since then when the military ordered me to take the Flu shot and I got the effing Flu from it. In 1978 while I was on LEAVE, my outfit was ordered to take the Swine Flu vaccine. 8 men died. I have not had any vaccines since.

    It is my choice to become sick not theirs. Since I HAVE NOT been sick since 1977, I have sufficient reason to believe that my choice was the correct one . . .

    • Joan Camara

      If everyone would read, and knew what their really putting in those vaccines these days, no one would get those shots either….i sure as heck laugh when I see “get your flu shot here” sign! Learn how to eat right (give up milk and diary and 98% of the processed junk in the grocery store. switch to organic nut milks, and organic everything…then you don’t get sick, and need those useless pills their cramming down everyone’s throats, or their vaccines!

  • Joe Mertens

    The Guberment loves their tax cattle so we come and do a wellness check next time leave with the rest of the herd when we tell you.


    Sounds like a violation of The Posse Comitatis Act.

    • isnamthere

      Don’t you remember? Your hero GW suspended Posse Comitatus.


        My hero?

      • CMRedwood

        John Warner Defense Act, approved by both RINOs and DINOs

        • isnamthere

          Signed into law by your president.

          • CMRedwood

            Signed into law by a globalist lackey. You have them too, they’ve spread around the globe like a cancer. Bankster’s minions.

  • William Zabel

    I would tell them that I am fine and then I would ask them how their doing; right before I pull my piece and tell them to leave or they would need help. It is high time that the government gets put back in its constitutional box and I see no way to do that without a civil war. When someone asks me why we have the second amendment, I refer them to incidents like this.

  • Rudy Campilii

    Just remember what the National Guard did during hurricane Katrina. They went door to door for gun confiscation. Although this is a fact and I wrote this fact once before on another site. People replied to me saying I was nuts. Even though one could easily search this. The National Guard went door to door during hurricane Katrina to disarm the public. Heck you can even watch videos on youtube.

  • Uncle_Meat

    Wellness check = gun confiscation.

  • Ivan Sanchez

    Here on the upper Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee after a massive ice storm, we had the national guard going to door to door, doing wellness checks. It was eerie to say the least, they didn’t come to my house. I think they are doing things like this so we think, oh your just here to help, next time might not be so pretty.

  • Stefon Scott Loch

    Lmao ! They can check my arsehole wellness !

  • Hosea Mcadoo

    Readying for, “papers please” when we get totally repressed, checked and authoritarian.

    This may be much, much sooner than you think. If you doubt, just carefully go over the internet news since 2000 (not newspapers or TV). I have done so in real time and the pattern is crystal clear. Let’s quit the charade and just
    call the National Guard, the police, federal enforcement agencies and the military as the Gestapo.

  • DeWayne Williams

    I have a question. I spoke with one of the National Guardsmen that were part of this “wellness check” drill. He said that the residents were given a month’s advance notice and were given a red piece of paper with their notice that they could put on their front door if they didn’t want to participate in the drill. Has anyone else heard about that much notice or the red paper?

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