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Consequence management response force assigned to Northern Command.

The first of three Department of Defense CBRNE [chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high-yield explosive] Consequence Management Response Forces (CCMRFs) is ready to respond in support of U.S. domestic operations or disasters. The unit of 4,700 joint personnel was stood up on 1 October. According to Air Force General Gene Renuart, commanding general of the U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM), this CCMRF is trained, organized, equipped, and has sufficient command and control to respond to large scale CBRNE events within 48 hours.

The CCMRF's capabilities include search and rescue, decontamination, medical, aviation, communications, and logistics support. Each team will have three task forces--operations, medical, and aviation--that have their own operational focus and skill sets. While civilian consequence managers will lead the way in responding to a domestic emergency, the CCMRF is the military's response. The team is training with first responders and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to ensure integrated support.

In order to shorten response time to authorize the use of a CCMRF in a homeland emergency, the units will report directly to NORTHCOM at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. Though the first CCMRF is a joint unit, it falls under the operational control of NORTHCOM's Joint Land Force Component Command, U.S. Army North, in San Antonio, Texas.
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Title Annotation:ALOG NEWS
Publication:Army Logistician
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2009
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