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Nevada Guard soldiers, airmen ready for annual New Year's Eve mission in Las Vegas

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Posted at 10:00 PM, Dec 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-31 01:00:16-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Nevada National Guard soldiers and airmen will be in Las Vegas for New Year's Eve, patrolling the Strip and McCarran Airport.

The soldiers and airmen have helped ensure a safe New Year's Eve in the valley for nearly two decades.

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Officials stress there is no specific threat to any event or site in Southern Nevada.

About 300 soldiers and airmen will be activated to support Clark County Emergency Management at various locations, assisting local law enforcement and emergency responders with safety and security measures.

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Las Vegas police and Nevada guardsmen on The Strip for New Year's Eve in 2018-2019. Source: Nevada National Guard

The cooperative security mission is coined Operation Silver Phalanx and is headed by Clark County Emergency Management and supported by the Nevada National Guard, local and federal law enforcement agencies, and McCarran International Airport.

Various forms of the cooperative mission and training exercises have occurred in the 20 years since the Y2K scare of 1999.

The majority of them will be paired with Las Vegas police on the Las Vegas Strip on New Year’s Eve.

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Some will patrol high-traffic areas at McCarran International Airport, and others will be on-call to provide emergency triage augmentation capabilities to select Las Vegas hospitals if necessary.

“America’s Party 2020” is the official name of the Las Vegas Strip celebration and it is expected to draw about 330,000 people to the Las Vegas valley, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

It is the largest public New Year’s celebration in North America outside of Time Square in New York City.

If you want to avoid the roadways on New Year's Eve, 13 Action News will be live from the Las Vegas Strip and downtown Las Vegas to celebrate with the best live music and fireworks.

Watch "Vegas 2020 New Year's Eve" on channel 13. Our special coverage starts at 11 p.m.