Wisconsin National Guard Conducts CERF-P Training Exercise

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Source: DVIDS
Source: DVIDS

August 31, 2021 | Originally published by U.S. National Guard on August 30, 2021

VOLK FIELD, Wis. – Soldiers and Airmen of the Wisconsin Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Enhanced Response Force Package (CERF-P) conducted a collective training exercise for their biannual external evaluation at Volk Field on August 16-18.

The CERF-P, a group of Army and Air National Guard units, validated its readiness to perform all its key tasks – demonstrating its readiness for a worst-case scenario.

The CERF-P is available to incident commanders in Wisconsin and across the region to respond to a variety of scenarios that include contaminated environments and collapsed structures.

External evaluations ensure that CERF-P’s are properly staffed, equipped, trained, and ready to respond.

“Without this training and evaluation, a lot of things would get missed,” said Sgt. 1st Class Nicholas Barna, a combat engineer with the 273rd Engineer Company. “A lot of little details like the delegation of duties need to get hammered out at the squad level because we change out so often.”

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