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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 521-01
October 18, 2001

TENTH CIVIL SUPPORT TEAM CERTIFIED

The Department of Defense notified Congress yesterday that the Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team (WMD-CST) from the Georgia National Guard is now certified. This team is fully ready to assist civil authorities respond to a domestic weapon of mass destruction incident and possesses the requisite skills, training and equipment to be proficient in all mission requirements.

The team, the 4th WMD-CST, is stationed at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga.

Congress has authorized 32 WMD-CSTs. The Georgia National Guard team certified today is the last of the first 10 teams authorized in the National Defense Appropriations Act for fiscal 1999. An additional 17 teams were authorized in fiscal 2000; five more teams were authorized in fiscal 2001.

The department has certified the 1st WMD-CST, Natick, Mass.; the 2nd WMD-CST, Scotia, N.Y.; the 3rd WMD-CST, Annville, Pa.; the 5th WMD-CST, Bartonville, Ill.; the 6th WMD-CST, Austin, Texas; the 7th WMD-CST, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; the 8th WMD-CST, Aurora, Colo.; the 9th WMD-CST Los Alamitos, Calif.; and the 10th WMD-CST, Tacoma, Wash.