Joint Task Force Civil Support (JTF-CS) is a standing joint task force and subordinate command of U.S. Army
North (USARNORTH). It is charged with providing command and control of Department of Defense forces deployed
to support a Primary Agency (PA) managing the consequences of a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear,
or high-yield explosive (CBRN) incident in the United States and its territories and possessions.
When directed, JTF-CS will deploy to an incident site, establish command and control of Department of
Defense forces, and provide military assistance and support to civil authorities by saving lives, preventing
further injury and providing temporary critical support to enable community recovery.
Deployment of JTF-CS, at the direction of the Commander of U.S. Army North and U.S. Northern Command, and
on the authority of the Secretary of Defense, would occur only after a Governor requests federal assistance
from the President, and after the President issues a Presidential Disaster Declaration.
JTF-CS was established in October 1999 and is located at Fort Eustis, Newport News, Va.