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    Fort Eustis-based task force to participate in major field training exercise 'Vibrant Response 13-2'



    Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Brian Dietrick 

    Joint Task Force Civil Support

    FORT EUSTIS, Va. - Joint Task Force Civil Support (JTF-CS) will participate in Exercise Vibrant Response 13-2 (VR 13-2), a major joint field training exercise at various locations in Indiana, including the Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center and Muscatatuck Urban Training Complex. JTF-CS is expected to begin deployment for the exercise Aug. 10 and redeploy Aug. 18.

    VR 13-2 is the largest Department of Defense confirmation exercise for specialized response forces to validate their capability to execute mission command, perform technical tasks in chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear response (CBRN) and conduct other life-saving missions.

    Approximately 5,700 service members and civilians from the military and other federal and state agencies throughout the country and various units from approximately 27 states and territories are expected to participate in the exercise.

    This multi-service, multi-agency exercise will evaluate the ability of JTF-CS and other DOD entities to respond to multiple catastrophic events in a major metropolitan city involving a CBRN incident.

    JTF-CS will be evaluated on the ability to effectively command and control the subordinate forces of the Defense CBRN Response Force (DCRF) and on its six core functions: mission command, identification and detection of CBRN damage, technical and non-technical search and extraction of casualties, mass casualty and non-casualty decontamination, medical triage and stabilization and medical and non-medical air and ground evacuation.

    VR 13-2 is conducted by U.S. Northern Command and led by U.S. Army North to annually test the capability of the federal response forces to meet the expectations of the Nation. The exercise features realistic venues, fire and smoke effects, mannequins and civilian role-players to simulate a demanding disaster environment.

    JTF-CS anticipates, plans, and integrates U.S. Northern Command CBRN operations. JTF-CS provides command and control for designated DOD specialized response forces to assist local, state, federal and tribal partners in saving lives, preventing further injury, and providing critical support to enable community recovery.

    These exercises, whether large or small, help assure the nation’s readiness by ensuring that units - regardless of service, component or state - are interoperable, speak the same language and are able to operate as national CBRN responders.

    JTF-CS aided the Federal Emergency Management Agency during last year’s Hurricane Sandy response by coordinating and employing more than 1,900 federal military forces in New York and New Jersey.


    Media interested in an opportunity to embed with the unit to cover exercise activities in Indiana, or who are interested in covering deployment activities at Fort Eustis, are urged to contact JTF-CS Public Affairs at (757) 7856/51 to make arrangements as soon as possible.

    Additional information about JTF-CS and the capabilities of the Defense CBRN Response Force can be found online here:

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    Date Taken: 07.25.2013
    Date Posted: 07.25.2013 15:24
    Story ID: 110832
    Location: FORT EUSTIS, VA, US

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