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    42nd CST stands ready at RNC in Charlotte

    42nd CST stands ready at RNC in Charlotte

    Photo By Capt. Briana McFarland | Service Members assigned to National Guard Civil Support Teams from South Carolina,...... read more read more



    Story by Sgt. Lisa Vines 

    382nd Public Affairs Detachment

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The North Carolina National Guard's 42nd Civil Support Team worked alongside the Department of Energy to ensure attendees' safety and welfare during the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, Aug. 21-24th, 2020.

    There are seven National Guard Civil Support Teams from across the country in Charlotte for the event, ready to respond whenever the call arises. All of the teams specialize in chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and environmental (CBRNE) response.

    "Our job here is to provide CBRNE efforts to the Republican National Convention,” said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Bradley Merritt, the 42nd CST commander. “We're providing radiological support to the department of energy, and we're also providing support to the fire and life safety teams that are on the ground responding to issues that arise."

    Although the teams are from across the country, North Carolina remains in the lead.

    "At the end of the day, it's a local event,” Merrit said. “It's going to start local, it's going to end local. We're here to provide all that chemical radiological biological support to Charlotte in the event something does happen, even after all the federal level assets leave."

    The 42nd CST frequently works alongside state and federal departments during training exercises and real-life events. The United States Department of Energy also deployed teams to Charlotte to work in tandem with the NCNG.

    "The department of energy is the overall lead for what we call preventive radiological nuclear detection activities," said Christina Edwards, the Dept. of Energy's (DOE) senior response official for the RNC. "With my operation, there are 25 CSTs. We have some that will be supporting sweeps of the convention center and then some that will be supporting the personal screening at the magnetometer operation."

    Civil Support Teams frequently train for events just like this one. Communication plays a critical role between the various departments and is a large part of their training.

    "The reason why all this training is important is because you never know exactly what you're going to run into in the types of situations," said U.S. Army Capt. Kevin Meccariello, a survey team leader for the 42nd CST. "A lot of the training is just being able to communicate between us at the Army National Guard level to DOE to FBI to Secret Service – making sure that we're fluent in that type of communication helps us do the mission most effectively."

    The 42nd CST is made up of active duty NCNG service members and conducts multiple training exercises throughout the year, many alongside local and federal emergency responders. In addition to supporting the RNC in Charlotte, the CST assisted medical authorities at COVID-19 testing sites earlier this year.



    Date Taken: 08.26.2020
    Date Posted: 08.26.2020 15:21
    Story ID: 376820
    Location: CHARLOTTE, NC, US 

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