Army News Service
Wednesday, Oct 1, 2008
FORT STEWART, GA. – The exercise scenario was a sobering one: a 10-kiloton nuclear device detonated in America’s heartland, quickly overwhelming civilian responders.
Military leaders who recently trained for this response say they are now thinking differently about how to move equipment, extract the injured and take care of people following this type of attack.
Their insights came from “Vibrant Response,” a week-long command post exercise designed to train the commanders and staff of the nation’s dedicated force for responding to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive incidents, or CBRNE incidents.
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The units completed the exercise Sept. 18 at Fort Stewart, Ga., just two weeks before their force, the CBRNE Consequence Management Response Force, or CCMRF, will be assigned to U.S. Northern Command to begin its mission.
“Assigning them will allow Northern Command to directly influence the operational and training focus of the forces and ensure a trained and ready response force when needed,” said Col. Lou Vogler, chief of future operations at U.S. Army North.
U.S. Army North conducted the exercise while its subordinate, Joint Task Force Civil Support, provided command and control for the CCMRF.
Joint Task Force Civil Support — based at Fort Monroe, Va. — plans, trains, develops policy and determines the way ahead for DOD CBRNE response, said the force’s commander, Army Maj. Gen. Daniel “Chip” Long.
Commanders and staff in the three task forces – Operations, Medical and Aviation – say that the academics and command post exercise offered valuable new perspectives for the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines assuming this important mission.
This article was posted: Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at 3:23 am