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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 400-01
August 29, 2001

CALIFORNIA, ILLINOIS, AND PENNSYLVANIA CIVIL SUPPORT TEAMS CERTIFIED

The Department of Defense notified Congress today that Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams (WMD-CST) from the California, Illinois and Pennsylvania National Guard are now certified. These teams are fully ready to assist civil authorities respond to a domestic weapon of mass destruction incident, and possess the requisite skills, training and equipment to be proficient in all mission requirements.

They are the 9th WMD-CST Los Alamitos, Calif.; the 5th WMD-CST, Bartonville, Ill.; and the 3rd WMD-CST, Annville, Pa.

Congress has authorized 32 WMD-CSTs. The three teams certified today are among the first 10 teams authorized in the National Defense Appropriations Act for fiscal 1999. Seventeen additional teams were authorized in fiscal 2000; five more teams were authorized in fiscal 2001. The department has now certified nine of the first ten teams authorized.

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