There’s debris everywhere — off in the distance a train has derailed — and there’s panic in the streets; the worst possible scenario one could imagine.
This was the stage set for the nearly 700 Soldiers from Fort Bragg that deployed to Camp Atterbury, Indiana, on April 18.
The Soldiers came across many different unit types. There were Soldiers from the 16th Military from Fort Bragg that deployed to Camp Atterbury, Indiana, on April 18. The Soldiers from the 16th Military Police Brigade, 44th Medical Brigade, and 21st Chemical Company, deployed to test their capabilities with a unique twist.
The units departed Fort Bragg to train and certify on being a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Response Force Unit. The 16th Military Police Brigade and the 21st Chemical Company comprised the Task Force Operations and 44th Medical Brigade comprised Task Force Medical. These task forces then fell under the Joint Task Force-Civil Support (JTF-CS)
JTF-CS anticipates, plans and prepares for chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) response operations. When directed, JTF-CS deploys within 24 hours of notification to command and control DOD forces in support of civil authority response operations in order to save lives, prevent further injury, and provide temporary critical support to enable community recovery.
Task Force Operations capabilities included experts and resources for chemical detection, engineering, and search and rescue. The Task Force is equipped to conduct initial rapid response missions including casualty search and rescue, patient decontamination, incident site surveying, monitoring, and marking, and mortuary affairs, as well as air and ground transportation support, engineer support and logistics sustainment
Task Force Medical capabilities would consisted of casualty decontamination, casualty air/ground evacuation, temporary hospitalization support, medical augmentations, veterinary support, patient staging and evacuation, medical logistics, alternate medical facilities, and exposure monitoring.
“There’s a wide range of capabilities, X-rays, medical logistics, and laboratories,” said Colonel Paula Lodi, 44th Medical Brigade Commander.
The training was broken into two different exercises. Guardian Response focused on simulated decontamination operations, airlift, medical training, and many other events at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center. The other exercise, Vibrant Response tested staff processes on the same simulated scenarios within Guardian Response. Approximately 3,500 military and civilian personnel from across the country and took part in the joint exercises from April 3-29.
JTF-CS is the nations’ only standing CBRN joint task force. It is comprised of active and reserve component service members from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. The headquarters also includes government civilians.
These exercises honed skills necessary for these Soldiers as they assume their mission later this year. As always the Soldiers of Fort Bragg stand ready to face whatever situation the nation may ask of them, either abroad or here at home station.