JTF-CS to participate in interagency homeland response exercise
JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. Joint Task Force Civil Support (JTF-CS) will participate in the largest annual
interagency homeland chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) response exercise this Wednesday. The exercise, called Vibrant
Response 13, prepares the specialized military response forces to assist civilian authorities in saving lives and relieving suffering
following a catastrophic CBRN event.
JTF-CS is the nation’s only standing CBRN joint task force. Headquartered in Newport News, Va., the joint task force can deploy within
hours of notification of an incident providing command and control of more than 5,000 military responders from 36 installations across
the U.S. The Defense CBRN Response Force is integrated under the lead civilian agency as directed by the National Response Framework.
It is comprised of over 5,200 people with 70 individual capabilities including search and rescue, chemical detection, decontamination,
radiation analysis, communications, logistics and medical treatment.
The exercise will last 10 days and test the response capabilities of active duty, National Guard and reserve military units from
across the country. In the exercise scenario, a 10-kiloton nuclear device, commonly referred to as a “dirty bomb,” has been detonated
over a major U.S. metropolitan city. The scenario involves handling the logistics of more than 100,000 casualties and more than 200,000
displaced civilians, along with the residual effects of the explosion on the city. Participating units will be required to conduct
aviation, medical, engineering, logistics and life-saving tasks under conditions such as wearing protective clothing, providing
information to a highly stressed public, and establishing logistics and communications where the infrastructure has been destroyed.
“Vibrant Response is our opportunity to train DCRF forces to assist civil authorities when the situation overwhelms the capabilities
of the local first responders,” said U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Mathis, JTF-CS commander. “When directed, we respond in support of
civil authorities, working directly with local leadership to build and maintain public confidence in our ability to rapidly respond and
provide life-saving and life-sustaining capabilities to the recovery effort.”
The primary contingent of JTF-CS Vibrant Response participants will depart Thursday morning. The exercise will last through Aug. 4,
with operations occurring both at Joint Base Langley-Eustis; Camp Atterbury and the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, both in Indiana.
For news media representatives: JTF-CS Public Affairs deploys with satellite broadcasting capability, allowing media to conduct
remote interviews to participating members at Camp Atterbury via Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System (DVIDS). For more
information visit www.dvidshub.net and search Vibrant Response. Media wishing to cover the deployment should contact the JTF-CS
Public Affairs office by noon July 25. Media interested in covering the exercise at any other time should contact the JTF-CS Public
Affairs at (757)501-7855 or email JTFCS_PAO@jtfcs.northcom.mil