Nearly 200 soldiers were getting practice doing the real thing at Fort Indiantown Gap. Exercise Red rose is testing the skills and knowledge of the National Guardsmen for 24 hours during a mass casualty simulation.

From a major building collapse to an ambush on foreign ground, the soldiers are getting a real sense of reality.

"The real thing is never gonna be quite like an exercise, but it's still good to exercise," said Major Julie Carpenter.

Major Mark Thomas added, "without practice at these types of scenarios, we would not be able to execute our mission as effectively as we can."

Through loud noises and confusion, the soldiers get a chance to work together to get the job done.

"Having the personal work together and the various agencies work together makes it a lot easier when you have to do the job," said Major Carpenter.

The National Guardsmen practice this drill two times a year.