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    Civil Support Teams spearhead emergency response for Nuclear Security Summit

    Civil Support Teams spearhead emergency response for Nuclear Security Summit

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Robert Mitchell | Sgt. 1st Class Justin Barrick, 33rd Civil Support Team first sergeant, District of...... read more read more



    Story by Staff Sgt. Robert Mitchell 

    DC Public Affairs Detachment

    WASHINGTON, DC (March 29, 2016) — Leaders from the District of Columbia National Guard’s (DCNG) 33rd Civil Support Team (CST) and visiting states emphasize the importance of teamwork and strong relationships in keeping the nation’s capital safe during the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) held March 31- April 1, here.

    The NSS, an event where world leaders will talk about strategies and methods designed to secure nuclear materials and prevent the smuggling of nuclear materials, will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

    For this mission, the 33rd CST will support several agencies throughout the District including the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Services, the Secret Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department, said 1st Lt. Keith Hapenney, operations officer for the 33rd CST.

    The visiting organizations include National Guard units from West Virginia, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Delaware, Montana, New Jersey, Kansas, Kentucky and Southern California.

    Hapenney said the 33rd CST brings a wealth knowledge and experience to the NSS mission.

    “With the advancement and growth of the Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Explosive (CBRNE) and Response Enterprise (CRE) element, the 33rd CST continues to be at the forefront, the tip of the spear (of emergency response efforts),” he said. “We are sought out by our interagency partners because of the knowledge that we have about CBRNE and Weapons of Mass Destruction, and the equipment that supports that knowledge.”

    Specific to this standby mission is the use of a contingent group of personnel slated to work with the Department of Energy, according to Hapenney.

    The team includes 18 members who will participate in Radiation Nuclear Search Operations and Preventative Radiological Nuclear Detection.

    The 33rd CST’s noncommissioned officer in charge, 1st Sgt. Justin Barrick, said his team will be on standby during the NSS mission.

    “We will have two Rapid Detection Teams (RDTs), there will one down range in the hot zone and another on the outside of the center,” he said.

    Barrick said his RDTs will be ready to respond to any abnormal activity, such as an unattended package left near convention center, during the NSS.



    Date Taken: 03.30.2016
    Date Posted: 04.01.2016 17:33
    Story ID: 194133
    Location: WASHINGTON , DC, US 

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