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Our DCRF is hard at work during Vibrant Response 2018. Check out what ABC Eyewitness News had to say during their visit to Muscatatuck!
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This week marks the beginning of Vibrant Response, our biggest training exercise of the year. If you want a taste of what it’s all about, here is a video showing what the DCRF does.
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For the next 20 days, 5,200 military and government civilian personnel will participate in U.S. Army North and U.S. Force Command’s annual disaster response exercises - Vibrant Response and Guardian Response. Across Indiana and specifically at Camp Atterbury and Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, multiple simulated operations will help train responders on different types of disasters, including chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high yield explosive emergencies. Both #VibrantReponse18 and #GuardianResponse18 includes active duty, reserve and guard units from across 40 U.S. states and territories, the Department of Defense, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and other state/federal disaster management organizations. By Army Spec. Victoria Piccoli, U.S. Army North #GR18 #VR18 #ARNORTH #EverVigilantAlwaysReady
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If you're a JTF-CS family member and haven't connected with this vital resource, please take this as an invitation warmly extended. You are an important part of our readiness capability.
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Today is Gold Star Spouses Day, an opportunity for us to honor the surviving husbands and wives of fallen military.
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One of our own, Lt. Col. Rahmin Norwood sat down to talk about JTF-CS with Todd De Voe on his emergency management podcast, EM Weekly.
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This year, we're celebrating the 100th anniversary of Ft. Eustis. Here's a list of the events the post will be holding throughout the year. Congrats, Joint Base Langley-Eustis!
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The 22nd Engineer Company out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord is part of our oncoming DCRF. They are currently in the process of being trained and certified in urban search and rescue to take on the JTF-CS mission 1 June. #EverVigilantAlwaysReady
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“The most important thing I learned is that soldiers watch what their leaders do. You can give them classes and lecture them forever, but it is your personal example they will follow.” – General Colin Powell
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A team of JTF-CS members are working down in Ft. Bragg to help train oncoming DCRF to take on the mission 1 June. Check it out!
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When we look at the recovery process for a major disaster such as a CBRN event, saving lives through medical and operational task forces is just the beginning of helping a community get back on its feet. In this talk, Dr. Daniel Aldrich explains how community is integral to resiliency and recovery after a major disaster.
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Project management is an unsung hero when it comes to emergency management. Planning is a large part of what we do here and that goes hand in hand with solid project management. "As we invest time upfront to outline detailed objectives, measures of success, methodologies, communication methods, and roles and responsibilities, we set the foundation for actual results in our work." - Darin Letzring with EM Weekly
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"As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated on Feb. 14, 2018, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, Feb. 19, 2018.'
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This is a familiar sight. While our gas masks are slightly different, here at JTF-CS a mask fit and a yearly refresher course are requirements for all military and civilians. #EverVigilantAlwaysReady
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"From the early days of the American Revolution to the trenches of World War I and II; from the jungles of Vietnam to the deserts and mountains of Iraq and Afghanistan, and present day missions around the world, African Americans have honorably served to defend this great nation." -DoD Observance Memo
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April 12, 2018

JTF-CS Chief Petty Officer wins senior leadership award

Navy Chief Petty Officer Benjamin Allen, the non-commissioned officer in charge of current operations for Joint Task Force Civil Support (JTF-CS), accepted the 2017 Senior Non Commissioned Officer (NCO) of the Year Award during a ceremony at U.S. Northern Command headquarters at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, April 4, 2018. To win this award,

April 9, 2018

A Different Kind of Spouse Group

Fort Eustis, Virginia - Military spouse groups might prompt thoughts of organizing social events as well as being an invaluable support system. For Carol Gallant, the wife of Army Maj. Gen. Richard Gallant, the commanding general of Joint Task Force Civil Support (JTF-CS), it’s important to understand the focus of the Key Spouse Group (KSG) she

March 20, 2018

JTF-CS Conducts Mission Planning with DCRF Commanders

FORT EUSTIS, Va. – Commanders and staff members representing Joint Task Force Civil Support (JTF-CS), the Defense Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Response Force (DCRF), U.S. Army North, FEMA, the CBRN Response Enterprise, the 78th Training Division and the 84th Training Command gathered here March 6-8, 2018 to discuss and synchronize

March 20, 2018

Task Force speaks to CBRNE Community at Symposium

Responding to a crisis is inherently complex, so responders of the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear community come together at different venues to discuss such challenges and ways to overcome them. One such event was the 6th Annual Joint Civil & DoD CBRN Symposium held March 5-6, 2018 at the Mary M. Gates Learning Center in

Feb. 26, 2018

JTF-CS Improves Deployability with New Tents

Joint Task Force Civil Support (JTF-CS) held a tent exercise Feb. 14 at its command and control building on Fort Eustis. The exercise served to test the five new tents JTF-CS recently ordered."The new tents will be replacing the previous shelters the command used," said Tim Collins, deputy director of the joint logistics operations center, JTF-CS.

Jan. 26, 2018

Army Aviation Brigade Hones Rescue Skills in Seattle Exercise

FORT LEWIS, Wa. – The 1st Armored Division Combat Aviation Brigade (1AD, CAB) from Fort Bliss, Texas, is demonstrating its capabilities in aerial rescue operations during Sudden Response (SR) 18 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, January 23 to 30.   The 1AD, CAB is part of Joint Task Force Civil Support’s (JTF-CS) Defense Chemical,