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85th WMD Civil Support Team

The mission of the 85th WMD-CSTs is to assess a suspected nuclear, biological, chemical, or radiological event in support of a local incident commander, and advise civilian responders regarding appropriate actions.

The unit is also tasked with facilitating requests for assistance to expedite arrival of additional State and Federal assets to help save lives, prevent human suffering, and mitigate great property damage.

The 85th Military Support Detachment Rapid Assessment Initial Detection (RAID) (Light) was created June 1 of 1999. It was created as a result of the Nunn-Lugar-Domenici Act requiring DoD to establish Chemical-Biological Rapid Response Teams for response to domestic terrorist attacks involving weapons of mass destruction (WMD) including biological, chemical, or radiological materials.

Utah's 22-member unit is composed of traditional Army and Air Guardsmembers making it a joint unit. The team is organized into 6 functions: command, operations, administration and logistics, communication, medical, and survey.

The 85th RAID conducted individual and collective training in a three-phase implementation plan in order to be mission operational by September 30, 2002. The 85th RAID's federal mission is to provide expertise and support to civilian first-responders (police, fire, medical etc.) in the event of a WMD incident. The 85th RAID's state mission includes the provision for sending National Guard liaison personnel to county emergency operations centers or command posts for non-WMD emergencies or disasters and training for participation on the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) response team. The CSEPP response team provides an emergency response capability in the event of an off-post emergency involving storage and/or disposal of chemical agents at Deseret Chemical Depot.

The 22 team members were recruited from other Guard and Reserve units and have volunteered for one of the Guard's premier units. It is designed to be part of the bulwark for the country's homeland defense strategy, while serving for love of country, sense of adventure, comraderie, and personal and professional growth.

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