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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can scientifically identify nearly all chemical, biological and radiological substances, assess current and projected consequences of those hazardous substances, advise the incident commander on response measures and assist with requests for additional support. Standardized Readiness All team member skills certifications are completed through training conducted at the U.S. Army Chemical Corps and CBRN School, Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. Capabilities within the chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high-yield explosives (CBRNE) arena as well as Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) first response preparedness were originally structured around coordination with local civil entities in fire, rescue, and law enforcement, as well as on-installation at Ft. Pickett, VA. As the CST's competency scope expanded to include broader state and federal-level cooperation including state police, FBI, DHS, and a wide variety of government agencies. Initial training evolutions were localized to specific jurisdictions that the CST was able to address by way of training on location. "Today, all training is standardized through classroom course and field exercise preparation at Ft. Leonard Wood," said LTC David Wheeler, 34th WMD-CST Commander. "Current certifications for qualification as a HAZMAT technician for example involve inclusive training in confined space operations, search and rescue ropes and rigs, and other techniques previously not taught as part of HAZMAT-level schooling. This additional level of technical capability enables us to assist units such as CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERF-P) during real-world specialized search and rescue operations. Confined space training / operations that CST Soldiers receive at present does not certify CST personnel to conduct search and rescue but does allow them the capability to augment agencies that do." Training Evaluated The 34th Civil Support Team was evaluated as fully trained on 12 essential collective tasks after conducting a Training Proficiency Evaluation this past October at Camp Pendleton State Military Reservation, Virginia Beach, VA. "The Soldiers and Airmen of the 34th CST have spent countless hours preparing for the evaluation through home station and external training events, and that hard work paid off," said Wheeler. "The Training Proficiency Evaluation is the validation of the 34th CST as a unit, and it shows that they remain proficient in conducting the key tasks needed to support first responders." The evaluation was supervised by U.S. Army North's Civil Support Readiness Group-East in order to validate the unit's level of readiness. TPEs occur approximately every 18 months for each of the nation's 57 CSTs. Wheeler explained that the scenario for evaluation focused on the team's reaction to simulated chemical, biological and radiological hazards in an urban environment at a notional crime scene located in the Hampton Roads area. In the exercise scenario, the 34th CST responded to a request from the local Virginia Beach Fire and Police departments regarding a fire alarm that was triggered on Camp Pendleton. The responding security patrol apprehended two suspects, wanted by the FBI, fleeing the area in a vehicle. While in route to a detention facility, one of the detained personnel began to show signs of nausea, chills and then vomited in the vehicle, indicating the possibility of contact with some type of hazardous material. A sweep of the building conducted by the VA Beach Fire and Police departments identified a laboratory set up and other items which indicated the making of some type of toxin to be released within a public setting. The team's initial surveillance sweep also discovered a radiation source being emitted from suspects' vehicle. The CST conducted multiple surveys to evaluate the scene and collected notional hazardous material samples for analysis. Once the analysis was complete, they were then able to provide insights and advice to the incident commander to help with the overall response to the situation. Rad-Nuke Ready The 34th coordinates much of its readiness evolutions with elements from Dugway and Aberdeen Proving Ground standards training. Through close cooperation with these two installations, key focus areas within the realm of CBRN attack preparedness that the 34th looks to keep abreast of include response coordination with both of Virginia's nuclear power plant facilities. "Each year, we SSG David Paquette LTC David Wheeler SFC Brown and SSG Webb inspect the UCS while conducting air load training at Joint Base Langley-Eustis. (Photo by SGT Rane Cooke) TRAINING SPOTLIGHT 34TH WMD-CST VANG www.tacticaldefensemedia.com 16 | S&BP AND CST & CBRNE | Winter 2016/2017

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