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    JTF-CS Hosts Distinguished Visitors Day at SR20



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    Joint Task Force Civil Support

    KILLEEN, Texas, Jan. 28, 2020 – Joint Task Force Civil Support (JTF-CS) hosted a distinguished visitor day at the Killeen Special Events Center in Killeen, Texas, during Exercise Sudden Response (SR) 20, Jan. 28.
    During the day, more than 30 military personnel and civilian visitors attended a meet-and-greet, and received briefs on the command’s mission, collaborative tools, and web applications including the JTF-CS Strategic Employment Expectations Tool (J-StrEET). The group also toured the command’s Joint Operation Center, where they interacted with JTF-CS personnel to gain an understanding of day-to-day operations at the command during a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear (CBRN) response.
    According to JTF-CS Commanding General Maj. Gen. William “Bill” Hall, the purpose of the visit was to enhance the DVs understanding of JTF-CS’s mission within Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DSCA) in response to a CBRN incident in the United States.
    “Opportunities like this DV day allow JTF-CS to show the complexity and scope of our mission to individuals who may not be familiar with it,” said Hall. “When we have the time to both explain and show first-hand what it takes for 60 military units from more than 30 locations to assemble on a site within hours they gain a new appreciation for the complexity and no-fail mission of the CBRN Response Enterprise.”
    Additionally, personnel from the 6th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Sandia National Laboratories, the Chemical Biological Incident Response Force, and the 181st CBRN Company set up equipment and vehicle displays and information booths, while the U.S. Department of Energy landed and displayed a Bell 412 helicopter in the parking lot of the events center.
    Following a command brief, the group traveled to the technical rescue training site at Hargrove Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT) to view an exercise decontamination line and urban search and rescue operations conducted by the 62nd Engineer Battalion, 68th Engineer Construction Company, and 181st CBRN Company.
    “The opportunity to engage with senior leaders from multiple branches and components provided first hand familiarity with the capabilities resident in a battalion task force responding to a CBRN incident,” said 36th Engineer Brigade Commanding Officer Col. Joseph Goetz. “It takes their conception of our operations from an intellectual to a practical understanding of what things look like during a response.”
    Military units comprising the Defense CBRN Response Force (DCRF) are participating in SR20, which is taking place in Killeen, Austin and Ft. Hood, Texas, from Jan. 24-29. As part of the exercise, teams are rehearsing force and equipment employment, life-saving operations and web-based command and control collaborative tools to ensure their ability to DSCA missions. The DCRF is comprised of approximately 5,000 personnel from military units located throughout the nation who come together to help fellow Americans in the event of a CBRN disaster response.



    Date Taken: 01.28.2020
    Date Posted: 02.04.2020 10:41
    Story ID: 361617
    Location: TX, US

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