NORTHCOM launches CBRNE response team

Middle East Times | October 02, 2008 2008

NORTHCOM announced the activation of a new initial response force that would be deployed in case of a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear high-yield explosive incident. The CBRNE Consequence Management Response Force, the first of its kind, is capable of deploying in 48 hours, the Air Force reported.

"We are now building the first of three CBRNE Consequence Management Response Forces," NORTHCOM Commander Gen. Gene Renuart said in a statement.

"We have an organized force, a trained force, an equipped force, a force that has adequate command and control and is on quick response to head off to a large-scale nuclear, chemical, biological event that might require Department of Defense support."

Officials say the CBRNE Consequence Management Response Force is composed of about 4,700 personnel with specialties in rescue, decontamination and medical support, among others.

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What is outrageious about all this stuff

is that all these programs prepare for massive casualties, but we Americans have not been issued gas masks, antibiotics, or encouraged to conduct drills to escape nuclear annihilation, Why not? For example, during a nuclear attack, standing behind a chair or not can be the difference between life and death in terms of blocked radiation.. But the American public can no longer be trusted with such information. I think this is a talking point in approaching legislators and local officials.