FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. - Joint Task Force Civil Support (JTF-CS) meets to discuss the day's events at Exercise Vigilant Crossroads, Jan. 12, 2016 at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri. Vigilant Crossroads is an exercise to train the incoming brigades for their new mission as the Defense CBRN Response Force (DCRF). Dubbed the white cell, 15 members of JTF-CS help to oversee the specific scenarios given to the exercise players. (Official DOD photo by Tammy Cario)
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. - Bryson Tumbaga, interagency analyst, Joint Task Force Civil Support (JTF-CS), discusses plans for the day's events at Exercise Vigilant Crossroads, Jan. 12, 2016 at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri. Vigilant Crossroads is an exercise to train the incoming brigades for their new mission as the Defense CBRN Response Force (DCRF). Dubbed the white cell, 15 members of JTF-CS help to oversee the specific scenarios given to the exercise players. (Official DOD photo by Tammy Cario)
FORT EUSTIS, Va. - Joint Task Force Civil Support members share a lighter moment while exchanging viewpoints and stories during a training session titled Language in the Workplace, held Dec. 16, 2016. The training, a commander's priority, was designed to uphold a work environment where each individual has infinite dignity and worth. (Official DOD Photo by Petty Officer Vincent Smith)
NEW YORK, NY -- A soldier from the 59th CBRN Company searches for survivors of a simulated attack in a subway mock-up in New York City, Nov. 29, 2016. The 59th Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Company is a part of the Defense CBRN Response Force, under the command and control of Joint Task Force Civil Support. JTF-CS anticipates, plans, and prepares for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defense Support of Civil Authority (CBRN-DSCA) response operations. (Official DOD photo by Maj. Jeffery Westbrook)
NEW YORK, NY -- A soldier from the 59th CBRN Company is decontaminated by New York firefighters after searching for survivors in a simulated CBRN Disaster, Nov. 29, 2016. The 59th Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Company is a part of the Defense CBRN Response Force, under the command and control of Joint Task Force Civil Support. JTF-CS anticipates, plans, and prepares for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defense Support of Civil Authority (CBRN-DSCA) response operations. (Official DOD photo by Maj. Jeffery Westbrook)
NEW YORK, NY - Soldier from the 59th CBRN Company search for chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear contaminates in New York City, Nov. 29, 2016 during a training exercise with the New York Fire Department. The 59th Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Company is a part of the Defense CBRN Response Force, under the command and control of Joint Task Force Civil Support. JTF-CS anticipates, plans, and prepares for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defense Support of Civil Authority (CBRN-DSCA) response operations. (Official DOD photo by Maj. Jeffery Westbrook)
NEWPORT, RI - Marine Col. Christopher Dixon teaches a class about Defense Support of Civil Authorities at the Naval War College in Newport, RI, Dec. 7, 2016. One of The Naval War College's missions is to develop strategic and operational leaders. Attendees may one day lead a joint command where DSCA is a relevant concept. "I'm there to put DSCA in practical terms," said Dixon. "I explain how JTF-CS fits into the system and what our mission is." Dixon says that by supporting professional military education schools and colleges, such as the Naval War College, it provides awareness of JTF-CS operations. JTF-CS anticipates plans and prepares for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear response operations. (Official DOD photo by Dan Kuester)
FORT EUSTIS, Va - A group of 13 Joint Task Force Civil Support CBRN planners gathered with a visiting subject matter expert to learn the latest in biological technology and its threats during a discussion here Dec. 2 (Official DOD Photo by Marine Staff Sgt. Steve Cushman)
FORT EUSTIS, Va - Members of Joint Task Force Civil Support were on hand Nov. 14-18, 2016 to observe the Vigilant Guard 17 exercise held at various locations throughout Nevada and California. VG-17 is designed to train responders in all facets of emergency management, including the unknown. (Official DOD photo by JTF-CS Staff)
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. – MG Richard Gallant discusses results of the Nov 15-17 MTT Conference with Army Command Sgt Maj Mateo Alba, left, and Army COL Teresa Duquette-Frame, both of 62nd Medical Brigade (Task Force Medical). Gallant sent a 30-person Joint Task Force Mobile Training Team (MTT) to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, to conduct an introduction to response operations conference for more than 100 Defense CBRN Response Force (DCRF) commanders and their support staffs. (Official DOD photo by Dr. Michael Brown)
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - A Defense Coordinating Element (DCE) panel shares information on how the responding forces would support civil authorities during an incident during the three-day Mobile Training Team (MTT) Conference Feb. 17 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Panel members are, from left, Deputy Chief Ronald Mondragon, Seattle Fire Department; Army 2nd Lt Dustin McCormick, Medical Operations Officer, 10th Civil Support Team Weapons of Mass Destruction; Chris Utzinger, Response Section Manager, Washington Military Department of Emergency Management Division; Marybeth O'Leary, team lead for FEMA Region 10 Interagency Management Assistant Team; Daniel Frazee, FEMA Emergency Services Branch Director; David Boughton, DSCA Operations/Plans Officer, Defense Coordinating Element; and Army Col Duke Davis, Defense Coordinating Officer, Region 10. (Official DOD photo by Dr. Michael Brown)
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. – Army Major Matthew Camel, JTF-CS CBRN planner, briefs Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) operations and employment details to more than 100 commanders and support staff members as part of the Joint Task Force Mobile Training Team (MTT) meeting Nov. 15 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. (Official DOD Photo by Dr. Michael Brown)
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. – Army Major Matthew Camel, JTF-CS CBRN planner, briefs Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) operations and employment details to more than 100 commanders and support staff members as part of the Joint Task Force Mobile Training Team (MTT) meeting Nov. 15 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. (Official DOD Photo by Dr. Michael Brown)
Air Force Staff Sgt. Robert Russell, a loadmaster with the 315th Airlift Wing, directs the driver into the Boeing C-17 Globermaster III at Joint Base Langley-Eustis Nov. 2, 2016. Loading the vehicles on to the C-17 is part of a deployment readiness exercise held by Joint Task Force Civil Support. If practice makes perfect, then JTF-CS is ready to be called up with the right force, right response, and right expertise. (Official DOD photo by Ms. Tammy Cario)
The inside of a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III is filled to capacity from Joint Task Force Civil Support vehicles at Joint Base Langley-Eustis while conducting a deployment readiness exercise Nov. 2, 2016. If practice makes perfect, then JTF-CS is ready to be called up with the right force, right response, and right expertise. (Official DOD photo by Ms. Tammy Cario)
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    JTF-CS anticipates, plans, and prepares for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defense Support of Civil Authority (CBRN-DSCA) response operations. When directed, JTF-CS deploys within twenty-four hours of notification to command and control DOD forces and conducts CBRN response operations in support of civil authority response operations in order to save lives, prevent further injury, and provide temporary critical support to enable community recovery