BUÑOL, Spain – Communication trailers are set up for operation during Luñol 2014, an emergency response exercise which provides realistic training in response after a national emergency for Spain’s Unit of Military Emergency here March 27 – April 6, 2014. The exercise also integrated all the military and civilian participants from Spain and abroad. U.S. Army Majs. Daniel Manrique and James Warren, future operations and assessment element planners, respectively, Joint Task Force Civil Support, traveled to the exercise in order to represent JTF-CS and act as observers. The trip was also in support of the enhanced long-term bilateral defense relationship between Spain and the United States. JTF-CS anticipates, plans and prepares for chemical biological, radiological and nuclear Defense Support to Civil Authorities response operations. (Courtesy photo from Spain’s Unit of Military Emergency)
BUÑOL, Spain – U.S. Army Majs. Daniel Manrique and James Warren, Joint Task Force Civil Support, pose for a group photo with members of Spain’s Unit of Military Emergency during Luñol 2014 here March 27 – April 6, 2014. Luñol 2014 is an emergency response exercise which provides realistic training in operating after a national emergency for for UME. The exercise also integrated all the military and civilian participants from Spain and abroad. Manrique, a future operations planner, and Warren, a command assessment element planner, traveled to the exercise in order to represent JTF-CS and act as observers. The trip was also in support of the enhanced long-term bilateral defense relationship between Spain and the United States. JTF-CS anticipates, plans and prepares for chemical biological, radiological and nuclear Defense Support to Civil Authorities response operations. (Courtesy photo from Spain’s Unit of Military Emergency)
FORT EUSTIS, Va. — Christopher Martinez, systems administrator, Joint Task Force Civil Support, plays Cornhole during the first “Cajun Cookoff” here March 31, 2014. Fifteen Cajun dishes were entered in the competition and judged by a panel of four directorate representatives. Daniel Bertsch, deputy staff judge advocate, JTF-CS, won the competition with his shrimp etouffee dish. There was also a silent auction, in which more than 10 desserts were auctioned off to the highest bidder. JTF-CS anticipates, plans and prepares for chemical biological, radiological and nuclear Defense Support to Civil Authorities response operations. (Official DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Gwendolyn Blakley)
FORT EUSTIS, Va. — Joint Task Force Civil Support personnel sample various Cajun dishes during the first “Cajun Cookoff” here March 31, 2014. Fifteen Cajun dishes were entered in the competition and judged by a panel of four directorate representatives. Daniel Bertsch, deputy staff judge advocate, JTF-CS, won the competition with his shrimp etouffee dish. There was also a silent auction, in which more than 10 desserts were auctioned off to the highest bidder. JTF-CS anticipates, plans and prepares for chemical biological, radiological and nuclear Defense Support to Civil Authorities response operations. (Official DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Gwendolyn Blakley)
FORT EUSTIS, Va. — Joint Task Force Civil Support personnel enjoy various Cajun dishes during the first “Cajun Cookoff” here March 31, 2014. Fifteen Cajun dishes were entered in the competition and judged by a panel of four directorate representatives. Daniel Bertsch, deputy staff judge advocate, JTF-CS, won the competition with his shrimp etouffee dish. There was also a silent auction, in which more than 10 desserts were auctioned off to the highest bidder. TF-CS anticipates, plans and prepares for chemical biological, radiological and nuclear Defense Support to Civil Authorities response operations. (Official DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Gwendolyn Blakley)
FORT EUSTIS, Va. — Marine Gunnery Sgt. Juan Ospina, current operations noncommissioned officer in charge, Joint Task Force Civil Support, provides instructions on correct hand placement to perform overhead squats during a CrossFit session at the Anderson Field House here March 19, 2014. Ospina is the JTF-CS physical training promotion coordinator and the lead Fort Eustis CrossFit instructor. He believes physical fitness enhances unit readiness by promoting team cohesion and mental alertness. JTF-CS anticipates, plans, and prepares for chemical biological, radiological and nuclear Defense Support to Civil Authorities response operations. (Official DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Gwendolyn Blakley)
FORT EUSTIS, Va. — Marine Gunnery Sgt. Juan Ospina, current operations noncommissioned officer in charge, Joint Task Force Civil Support, ensures participant’s proper physical technique while performing a squat exercise during a CrossFit session held at the Anderson Field House here March 19, 2014. Ospina is the JTF-CS physical training promotion coordinator and the lead Fort Eustis CrossFit instructor. He believes physical fitness enhances unit readiness by promoting team cohesion and mental alertness. JTF-CS anticipates, plans, and prepares for chemical biological, radiological and nuclear Defense Support to Civil Authorities response operations. (Official DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Gwendolyn Blakley)
FORT EUSTIS, Va. — Marine Gunnery Sgt. Juan Ospina, current operations noncommissioned officer in charge, Joint Task Force Civil Support, demonstrates the proper physical technique for an overhead squat during a CrossFit session held at the Anderson Field House here March 19, 2014. Ospina is the JTF-CS physical training promotion coordinator and the lead Fort Eustis CrossFit instructor. He believes physical fitness enhances unit readiness by promoting team cohesion and mental alertness. JTF-CS anticipates, plans, and prepares for chemical biological, radiological and nuclear Defense Support to Civil Authorities response operations. (Official DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Gwendolyn Blakley)
FORT EUSTIS, Va. — Marine Gunnery Sgt. Juan Ospina, current operations noncommissioned officer in charge, Joint Task Force Civil Support, coaches U.S. Army Staff Sgt. David Scott, post combatant instructor, 128th Aviation Brigade, as he does an overhead squat during a CrossFit session held at the Anderson Field House here March 21, 2014. Ospina is the JTF-CS physical training promotion coordinator and the lead Fort Eustis CrossFit instructor. He believes physical fitness enhances unit readiness by promoting team cohesion and mental alertness. JTF-CS anticipates, plans, and prepares for chemical biological, radiological and nuclear Defense Support to Civil Authorities response operations. (Official DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Gwendolyn Blakley)
FORT EUSTIS, Va. – U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Franchesca Foxx, operations specialist, Joint Task Force Civil Support, signs her reenlistment paperwork during a reenlistment ceremony here March 17, 2014. Foxx reenlisted for six more years in the U.S. Navy. JTF-CS anticipates, plans and prepares for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear-Defense Support of Civil Authorities (CBRN-DSCA) response operations. (Official DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Brian Dietrick)
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Jeff W. Mathis III, commander, Joint Task Force Civil Support, welcomes staff, their friends and family, during the JTF-CS Hail and Farewell Ceremony at Rebounderz Indoor Trampoline Arena here March 21, 2014. A hail and farewell ceremony is a traditional military ceremony celebrating the service of personnel joining and departing a command. JTF-CS anticipates, plans and prepares for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear Defense Support to Civil Authorities response operations. (Official DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Brian Dietrick)
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Stephan Hall, manpower and personnel superintendent, Joint Task Force Civil Support, welcomes U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Markeith Merritt, manpower and personnel noncommissioned officer, JTF-CS, during the JTF-CS Hail and Farewell Ceremony at Rebounderz Indoor Trampoline Arena here March 21, 2014. A hail and farewell ceremony is a traditional military ceremony celebrating the service of personnel joining and departing a command. JTF-CS anticipates, plans and prepares for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear Defense Support to Civil Authorities response operations. (Official DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Brian Dietrick)
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Adam Schnell, information systems technician, Joint Task Force Civil Support, and his wife, are welcomed by U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Renee Mitchell, communications director, JTF-CS, during the JTF-CS Hail and Farewell Ceremony at Rebounderz Indoor Trampoline Arena here March 21, 2014. A hail and farewell ceremony is a traditional military ceremony celebrating the service of personnel joining and departing a command. JTF-CS anticipates, plans and prepares for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear Defense Support to Civil Authorities response operations. (Official DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Brian Dietrick)
YORKTOWN, Va. — U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class, Craig Beasley, operations specialist, Joint Task Force Civil Support, and U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Franchesca Foxx, operations specialist, JTF-CS, dispose of leaves during an enlisted service member volunteer event at the Nelson House here March 21, 2014. The historic Nelson House is the former residence of Thomas Nelson, the 4th governor of Virginia and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Eleven enlisted JTF-CS personnel and one civilian volunteered to clean the grounds of the Nelson House by raking and disposing of leaves, laying new mulch, disposing of ground debris and grooming the overall property. JTF-CS anticipates, plans and prepares for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense support of civil authority response operations. (Official DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Gwendolyn Blakley)
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Joint Task Force Civil Support Marine balances CrossFit, job duties
It is Wednesday, at 11:25 a.m., at the Anderson Field House here. In a corner past the basketball players, where the music is playing, people are stretching and waiting…

Joint Task Force Civil Support helps preserve historic Nelson House
Joint Task Force Civil Support personnel volunteered their time to the local community to help maintain the grounds of the Nelson House here March 21…

Joint Task Force Civil Support leader discusses unit mission with Chesapeake response team
More than 50 local emergency response volunteers gathered at the Deer Creek Ruritan Club for their quarterly meeting here March 10. …

JTF-CS hosts federal homeland response leaders
Military leaders and emergency response representatives met here Feb. 25-27 to discuss how to enhance the ability to rapidly respond in the event of a CBRN disaster in the United States. …

JTF-CS conducts deployment readiness exercise to ensure mission readiness
The unit measured its deployment procedures and processes to both identify any logistical or capabilities shortfalls and validate its response timelines in an effort to minimize the time needed to respond to a man-made or a natural disaster in the United States. …

JTF-CS holds annual seasonal influenza immunization exercise
Members of Joint Task Force Civil Support ensured their continued ability to respond to natural or man-made disasters by receiving annual vaccinations …

Army task force reaches out to State Guard partners
Response to devastating storms or catastrophic events requires not only an enormous effort but a tremendous amount of teamwork from local, state and federal agencies…

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Message from the Commanding General

   Joint Task Force Civil Support 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 in support of civil authority response operations in order to save lives, prevent further injury, and provide temporary critical support to enable community recovery.