Security (S&B/CBRNE) Magazine

SPR 2016

Security & Border Protection and CST & CBRNE Source Book, published jointly, concentrate on WMD response, NGB training, counterterrorism, and border security

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Page 6 of 35 S&BP and CST & CBRNE | Spring 2016 | 5 the U.S. Open golf tournament at Chambers Bay, the Pope's visit in Pennsylvania, all Seahawks home games, large sporting events in Seattle like U.S. Soccer games, the city of Boston's 4th of July celebration, as well as supported other CSTs and civil authorities across the country in training support, and real world missions with civil authorities to ensure the safety of the local communities. CST & CBRNE: Please discuss the 10th CST's role in coordinating with local emergency responders. LTC Thomas: The coordination with local emergency responders has been a bright spot in our organization. Many of the local responders know my team members by name. For example, on requests for training, support, or actual real world missions, the local responders on scene or in need of support will call our team members directly because they have built those personal/professional relationships with my team members. This has been a key to our success as we can respond more quickly if we have those direct lines of communication. CST & CBRNE: How have budget cuts emanating from Washington, D.C. affected Washington State's ability to respond to natural and man-made disasters? LTC Thomas: So far, the 10th CST hasn't been significantly impacted by budget cuts. We were lucky to have been provided ample equipment in the early 2000s. As this equipment gets outdated, we may see effects from the budget cuts. So far, the National Guard Bureau has been excellent in fielding us equipment as needed to complete our mission. The training dollar shortage has affected us, but we have been able to adapt by tapping into the educational experiences of other CSTs to conduct more cost effective training that relies less on contractors and vendors. For example, in 2014 we conducted a weeklong, multi-CST training exercise that only cost us travel expenses as the training was conducted by the host CST. CST & CBRNE: Has the 10th CST partnered with industry at all in regards to new technology, response tactics, etc? LTC Thomas: We train consistently with local responders, which allows us to see some of the newest technology and tactics available in their support roles. The same goes for them as they get to see our own CST tactics, techniques, and equipment. CST & CBRNE: Where do you see the role of 10 th CST over the next 15 years? LTC Thomas: I believe the operational tempo will only continue to increase – and for a several reasons. To the best of my knowledge, this team already spends more time away from family than any other unit in the Washington Guard that isn't currently deployed. As already mentioned, we have supported many events across the country. On top of that support, my team spends a lot of time away for training as well. Being a specialized unit, we receive a lot of specialized training that Regional Engagement Response Readiness Members of the 10th Civil Support Team train with Gig Harbor Fire and Rescue at the Tacoma Narrows Airport. (U.S. Army photo by SSG Virginia Owens)

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