by Airman 1st Class Emily Amyotte
190th ARW Public Affairs
10/6/2015 - Forbes Field Air National Guard Base, Kan. -- Members
from the 73rd Civil Support Team provided mission related precautionary
support to the New York Police Department's public safety during the
2015 U.S. Open this summer.
The CST's mission is to provide hazardous material support to local and
national level events such as sporting and public gatherings, and
natural disaster relief.
Medical operations officer, 1st Lt. Dan Arnold enjoyed the experience assisting the NYPD at the U.S. Open.
"I love tennis, so it was a good time," said Arnold. "It's cool to be
able to work while watching a historic tennis match with Serena and
Venus Williams and be a part of that environment. There's no other way
that I'd be able to witness that or see any of that if it wasn't for
this job and mission."
The joint force team deploys regularly to aid NASCAR and other public
events. This October, the unit will be supporting the safety efforts of
Pope Francis' visit to the East coast.
The CST's day-to-day mission is to support local, state and federal
agencies responding to an incident involving weapons of mass
destruction, as well as being proactive in larger situations where it
could arise. They train daily to be prepared to respond to the release
of any chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear agents and
high-yield explosives, regardless of origin, whether intentional or
accidental, as well as response to natural and manmade disasters and
ensure operational safety.
"We're like a hazardous material unit on steroids," said Arnold. "If you
think of anything happening in the United States, you can bet that
we're either on standby or we're there helping out either the local law
enforcement, the fire department, or Department of Defense."
The unit is made of Soldiers and Airmen from many different career fields from medical to explosive ordinance disposal.