posted on Sep, 4 2014 @ 06:32 PM
Hey guys I wanted to bring this onto ATS because I don't know much about this and I am hoping some of you have more info. First of all yes I took
photos in case that helps and they're at the bottom so scroll down a bit to see them. I was driving down the 101 South next to Calabasas (Los Angeles
County) when I saw this truck next to me going REALLY fast. I immediately saw government plates + on the passenger door it said "CIVIL SUPPORT TEAM".
I was immediately wondering what exactly a "CIVIL SUPPORT TEAM" is supporting... I got home and looked it up to find they are:
A Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team (WMD-CST or CST) advises civilian responders in the event of a suspected weapon of mass destruction
attack. CSTs are federally funded National Guard units established under Presidential Decision Directive 39.
It's worth noting that in 2007 Congress:
expanded the operational incidents a WMD-CST could be used to include the intentional or unintentional release of CBRN and natural or man-made
disasters in the United States that result, or could result, in the catastrophic loss of life or property.
The WMD-CSTs are National Guard units designed to provide a specialized capability to respond to a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear
(CBRN) incident primarily in a Title 32 operational status within the United States, the District of Columbia, its territories and possessions, as
established by 10 USC §12310. Congress, the President, and DoD recognized that the WMD-CSTs, responding under the authority of the Governor, provide
significant capabilities to assist local and state agencies that may be overwhelmed by a large-scale terrorist attack or where specific technical
capabilities to identify CBRN materials are required.
So here's where i'm stumped... They're National Guard... So are they currently deployed in L.A. for some unknown reason? What are they doing exactly?
The name "Civil Support Team" is really misleading honestly. Who in their right mind would see that name and think "Oh they're probably a unit made to
handle large scale terror attacks & WMD's!"
Another source that clarifies their "mission" and also makes this look more and more strange to me:
The mission of JTF-CS is to provide command and control for Department of Defense (DoD) forces deployed in support of the lead federal agency (LFA)
managing the consequences of a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive (CBRNE) incident in the United States, its
territories and possessions in order to save lives, prevent injury and provide temporary critical life support. The CST mission is to assess a
suspected WMD attack, advise civilian responders on appropriate actions, and facilitate the arrival of additional state and Federal military forces.
Each team consists of 22 full-time Army and Air National Guardsmen and is broken down into six smaller teams -- command, operations, communications,
administration and logistics, medical, and survey -- that have been trained and equipped to provide a technical capability to "reach back" to other
experts who can assist the incident commander. In essence, these "scouts" are a unique military capability. They can deploy rapidly to a suspected or
actual terrorist attack, conduct special reconnaissance to determine the effects of the attack, provide situational understanding to military command
channels and technical consultation to local authorities on managing the effects of the attack to minimize the impact on the civilian population, and
facilitate follow-on military support performing validated civilian requests for assistance.
This seemed like a really important point summarizing their mission:
The CST mission is to assess a suspected WMD attack
So now I turn it over to you guys to chime in... Is this unit well known and I am just finding out about them? Do they regularly just drive like bats
out of hell on the freeway? For some reason my intuition told me this wasn't a positive thing & to take a picture. You'll see 2 photos below from
today + a link to wikipedia for you to read more about it. Looking forward to your thoughts & hopefully i'll learn something from it!
Closeup of the truck
Wide of the truck
Screenshot of Wikipedia page
CIVIL SUPPORT TEAM WIKI
More reading on these units below:
Oh and one more quote:
CSTs are federally resourced, trained and evaluated, and they operate under federal doctrine. But they perform their missions mainly under the command
and control of the governors in the states in which they are located -- under the control of the adjutant generals of those states. CSTs can respond
to a WMD incident as part of a state response much quicker than a federal response would allow. Each CST typically deploys within three hours of
edit on 4-9-2014 by robbystarbuck because: added photo