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1 “Dragon Slayers ” Louisiana National Guard 62 nd Civil Support Team (Weapons of Mass Destruction)

2 “Dragon Slayers ” Louisiana National Guard Purpose To inform the audience about the mission and capabilities of the Civil Support Teams (WMD)

3 “Dragon Slayers ” Louisiana National Guard Definition of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) The term “weapon of mass destruction” means any weapon or device that is intended, or has the capability, to cause death or serious bodily injury to a significant number of people through the release, dissemination, or impact of— toxic or poisonous chemicals or their precursors; a disease organism; or radiation or radioactivity.

4 “Dragon Slayers ” Louisiana National Guard WMD ≈ CBRNE Chemical –Nerve –Blister –Blood –Choking –Chlorine Biological –Botulism Toxin –Anthrax –Plague –Ricin Radiological –Medical, industrial equipment –Cesium-137 –Cobalt-60 –Americium-241 Nuclear –Fissile material (uranium or plutonium) High-yield Explosives

5 “Dragon Slayers ” Louisiana National Guard Civil Support Teams – Key Characteristics Must be certified by the Secretary of Defense Operate only in the United States and territories Total of 57 teams (one in each state, two in CA, FL and NY, one in each territory (GU, VI, PR, DC) Main role is support to Governor & IC (analytic, advisory, civil-military interface and communications functions CSTs are under State control unless federalized Sophisticated Reachback System Interoperable with Civil Responders

6 “Dragon Slayers ” Louisiana National Guard Support civil authorities at a domestic CBRNE incident site by identifying CBRNE agents/substances, assessing current and projected consequences, advising on response measures, and assisting with appropriate requests for additional support.(Analytic, advisory, civil-military interface and communications functions) Mission

7 “Dragon Slayers ” Louisiana National Guard Time Response 4 hours 24 hours Federal ResponseLocalState CST Bridge Response Bridge

8 “Dragon Slayers ” Louisiana National Guard Deputy Commander Logistics Logistics NCO NCO Commander Operations Operations Officer Sr. Operations NCO Training NCO Hazard Modeling NCO Communications NCO Info Systems NCO Survey & Monitoring Team Team Chief Team Member Medical Med Opns Off Physician’s Asst. Nuclear Med Off Medical NCO Survey & Monitoring Team Team Chief Team Member Surv& Mon Tm Ldr NBC Recon NCO Personnel/ Admin NCO Organizational Diagram

9 “Dragon Slayers ” Louisiana National Guard Individual/Institutional –Civil Support Skills Course – Position-specific specialized training Team/Unit/Collective –Home Station –Annual Observed/Controlled Collective Exercises –External Evaluation for re- certification (every 18 months) Post Certification Training/Exercises –Commander-driven, sustain training level –Integrated with local and regional first responders Average Specialized training = 650 hrs Training

10 “Dragon Slayers ” Louisiana National Guard ADVON Suburban Provides the CST Commanders with capabilities to: Assist incident command enroute to incident location, Coordinate with reachback resources on the move, Provide internet, phone, interoperable communications in minutes.

11 “Dragon Slayers ” Louisiana National Guard Unified Command Suite (UCS) Radios HF/UHF/VHF SATCOM INMARSAT Phones DSN/Commercial Data NIPRNET SIPRNET Video Collaborative Video Conferencing Tools Interoperability ACU-1000

12 “Dragon Slayers ” Louisiana National Guard Communication Hub

13 “Dragon Slayers ” Louisiana National Guard Survey and Monitoring Equipment Detection Equipment HAPSITE (GC/Mass Spectrometer) HAZMAT ID Level A, B, C Suits/Military Protective Suits M40 Protective Masks (Military Prot. Mask) M8 Paper (Chemical ID Paper) M9 Paper (Chemical Detection Paper) M256 Kit (Military Field Detection Kit) Radiation Detection Devices (UDR13, PDR77) Chemical Alarm (M22) Improved Chemical Agent Monitor (ICAM) Field Bio Immunoassay Tickets AHURA First Defender Multi Rae’s / V-Rae’s / Area Rae’s Identifinder Can Detect Military Chemical Agents (Nerve, Blood, Choking, Blister, Irritants) Toxic Industrial Chemicals Over 200,000 Toxic Chemicals Oxygen/Oxidizer Levels Volatile Organic Compounds Lower/Upper Explosive Limits Biological Agents (Viruses, Toxins, Rickettsia, Bacteria) Anthrax, Plague, Cholera, Smallpox, Ricin, Q Fever, VEE, Tularemia

14 “Dragon Slayers ” Louisiana National Guard Analytical Laboratory System l One Class III Containment Glove Box l Benchtop GC/MS l Fluorescent Microscope l Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometry l Illuminator (Smiths) l Immunoassay Tickets l Polymerase Chain Reaction l JBAIDS (Idaho Tech) l Electrochemiluminescent Detector M1M (Rooch)

15 “Dragon Slayers ” Louisiana National Guard CST (WMD) Capabilities Detect and completely characterize suspected WMD agents/substances Provide onsite mobile analytical platform to perform analysis and characterization of unknown samples and provide assessment Determine the current contaminated area, and assess current and potential hazards Advise civil authorities as to initial casualty medical management and casualty minimization measures Advise civil authorities as to initial agent/site containment and mitigation measures

16 “Dragon Slayers ” Louisiana National Guard WMD-CST Capabilities (con’t) Advise civil authorities of potential additional support assets, and assist with requests for such assets. Provide incident-related technical and situational awareness information to and from nationwide sources Link to and augment civil responder communications systems. Maintain real time operational communications Provide decontamination of assigned personnel and equipment, and advise IC on setting up a decontamination site.

17 “Dragon Slayers ” Louisiana National Guard WMD-CST Capabilities (con’t) Provide preventive medicine, medical surveillance and EMT-level medical care for assigned personnel. Rapidly deploy by organic vehicles and/or non- organic transportation assets Command and control WMD-CST elements and limited augmentation assets, and coordinate administrative and logistic support to WMD-CST. Participate in advanced planning, coordination and training processes Execute the above listed capabilities in accordance with applicable state and federal laws

18 “Dragon Slayers ” Louisiana National Guard Typical Request Procedure Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Local community 62 nd CST (WMD) Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness The Adjutant General Incident Commander State Coordinating Officer (SEMA)

19 “Dragon Slayers ” Louisiana National Guard

20 “Dragon Slayers ” Louisiana National Guard Questions? “The National Guard will be the operational force for Homeland Defense” - White House, Homeland Security Council February 2006

21 “Dragon Slayers ” Louisiana National Guard MAJ Cameron Magee Commander 62 nd CST (WMD) (225) LT Christopher Perkins Medical Operations Officer 62 nd CST (WMD) (225) Points of Contact

22 “Dragon Slayers ” Louisiana National Guard 62 nd CST Weapons of Mass Destruction


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