Personnel from the 21st Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team (WMD CST), New Jersey National Guard, conducting a unit skills validation exercise Nov. 18 at the Arm and Hammer Park in Trenton, N.J.
Every 18 months, the CST team must be validated on common tasks, which include identifying threats, the decontamination process and working with civilian authorities in a real world environment to ensure that the unit is ready in event of a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threat.
The 21st, which is one of more than 50 CST Guard units nationwide, is funded by the Department of Defense. WMD CST units are unique to the National Guard.
Image credits: Mark C. Olsen