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    19th CERFP hones skills during joint training at Camp Atterbury

    19th CERFP Hone Skills

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Lonnie Wiram | Bags of equipment lay ready to be used by Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the 19th...... read more read more

    EDINBURGH, Ind. (Aug. 21, 2020) -- Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the Indiana National Guard’s 19th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high-yield Explosive (CBRNE) Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) participated in a disaster response training exercise at the Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center near Edinburgh, Indiana, Aug. 14-15, 2020.

    The CERFP, which acts as the first line of triage to victims during natural or man-made disasters, trains regularly to maintain readiness.

    “These exercises allow us to remain efficient on our setup,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Thomas Salsbury, acting CERFP commander for the exercise. “Everyone can get up to speed on the equipment and practice like it is real world.”

    Salsbury said that these exercises give the CERFP an opportunity to set up their equipment and fine tune their skills for larger exercises such as United Front.

    United Front is an annual exercise between the Home Front Command of the Israeli Defense Forces, the 19th CERFP, and numerous civilian and government disaster relief organizations.

    U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Anthony Lazarow, an observer controller trainer, was on hand to answer any questions and assist the Soldiers and Airmen if they needed it.

    “In this exercise, we are making sure that the team (CERFP) has a solid training plan, basically training themselves,” said Lazarow. “I am here to make sure the training is in line with guidance and doctrine.”

    Additionally, the Fatality Search and Recovery Team (FSRT), which is assigned to the 181st Mission Support Group, trained alongside the CERFP. The FSRT has the ability to rapidly respond during times of disaster using a vast array of trained Airmen and equipment.

    “The biggest thing I learn from these exercises is teamwork,” said U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Tyler Farrell, a member of the FSRT. “You get out of these exercises what you put in.”

    With its proficiency and countless hours of training in domestic emergency response, the 19th CERFP stands ready at a moment’s notice to respond to the needs of the State of Indiana and the nation as a whole.




    Date Taken: 08.15.2020
    Date Posted: 08.21.2020 18:31
    Story ID: 376524
    Location: IN, US

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