Security (S&B/CBRNE) Magazine

WIN 2016-2017

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

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The 34th WMD-CST, VAARNG, was given initial formation orders in July 2001. Unit validation and proficiency ratings were granted by January 2002 when the unit was officially activated for service. Comprising 22 full-time Army and Air National Guard personnel, their mission is to support civil authorities at a domestic CBRNE incident site with identification and assessment of hazards, advice to civil authorities, and facilitating the arrival of follow-on military forces during emergencies and incidents of weapons of mass destruction terrorism. The unit complements and enhances, but does not duplicate, state CBRNE response capabilities is divided into six sections: command, operations, communications, administration/logistics, medical/ analytical and survey. The team is equipped with a variety of the latest military and commercial CBRN equipment and maintains on-call team members prepared to deploy an advance team within 90 minutes of notification, with the rest of the team following within three hours. CST members The 34th Weapons of Mass Destruction-Civil Support Team (WMD-CST), Virginia National Guard (VANG), supports civil authorities in a domestic chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive incident, and the evaluated tasks including team deployment, establishing communications and medical support, conducting survey, technical decontamination and analytical functions, as well as interagency coordination. The CST's primary area of responsibility includes a 300-mile radius from its home station at Fort Pickett and stretches as far north as Pennsylvania and as far south as South Carolina. By Kevin Hunter, CST & CBRNE Editor SETTING A NATIONAL STANDARD Soldiers assigned to the Virginia National Guard's Fort Pickett-based 34th Civil Support Team support the Fort Lee-based 111th Quartermaster Company, 530th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion by training mortuary affairs Soldiers on the use of chemical detection equipment during the Joint Mortuary Affairs Centers' Quick Reaction Test field training exercise at Fort Lee, Va. The event was proctored by the U.S. Army's Test and Evaluation Command and is designed to develop, evaluate and refine tactics, techniques and procedures used during the operation of the newly fielded mortuary affairs contaminated remains mitigation site. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Capt. Andrew J. Czaplicki) TRAINING SPOTLIGHT 34TH WMD-CST VANG Winter 2016/2017 | S&BP AND CST & CBRNE | 15

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