Civil Support Team trains on museum ship

ALBANY--New York Air National Guard Staff Sgt Karlie Foster assigned to the 2nd Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team (CST) takes photos of radioactive areas during an exercise aboard the USS Slater museum ship in Albany New York on March 28 2024. The CST Soldiers and Airmen worked with the New York State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to identify radiological sources aboard the ship during the joint training exercise.

Apr 05, 2024

Guard Civil Support Team trains at Arsenal

WATERVLIET--New York Air National Guard Master Sgt Josh Spegnola, a member of the 2nd Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team stands in protective gear on the Watervliet Arsenal in Watervliet N.Y. Aug. 2 2023 during an exercise. Spegnola and the CST were participating in a training exercise where they had to clear a house reported to have hazardous materials. The Watervliet Arsenal is the only cannon manufacturing plant in the United States.

Aug 04, 2023

CST Gets an Airlift

Soldiers and Airman of the 2nd Civil Support Team, based at Stratton Air National Guard Base, hitching a ride from Detachment 1, Company B, 3rd Battalion 126th Aviation Regiment on July 27, en route Burlington Air National Guard Base in Vermont to participate in a Vigilant Guard exercise being sponsored by the Vermont National Guard.

Aug 03, 2016

Civil Support Team Trains in Colonie

LATHAM--New York Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Joshua Spagnola tests a potential hazardous material in a vacant residential building at the Colonie Fire Training Center in Latham Oct. 20. Members of the 2nd Civil Support Team trained at the center to improve and test their teams ability to rapidly detect and identify chemical biological radiological or nuclear (CBRN) hazardous and respond to these threats

Oct 22, 2015

State Police and Civil Support Team Train

Members of the New York State Police Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team train in a mock drill with members of the New York National Guard's 2nd Civil Support Team from Stratton Air National Guard Base in Scotia, NY. The teams worked together in a simulated response to a potential Weapon of Mass Destruction (WMD) lab, mitigating the situation and collecting evidence on Thursday, Jan. 29

Feb 03, 2015

New Commander for 2nd CST

STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Scotia- Lt. Col. Drew Pinckney receives the guidon of the New York National Guard's 2nd Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team (CST) during change-of-command ceremonies here on Monday, June 9. Pinckney took over from Lt. Col. Tom Benton, who has commanded the team since 2011. Benton will be moving to Florida to take command of one of Florida's two CSTs.

Jun 10, 2014

New York Special Team Trains With Vermonters

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. - New York Army National Guard Staff Sergeant Salvatore Cautela and Sgt. Michael Gerardi check for hazordous materials as they move through a building during lane two of a Joint Collective Training Excercise between the New York national Guard's 2nd Civil Support Team, (CST) and the 15th CST, Vermont National Guard. The two day excercise held in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom brought together the New York and Vermont Civil Support Teams as well as two augmentees from Rhode Island and members of the St. Johnsbury Fire Department. Civil Support Teams are trained to assist civilian first responders by identifying the presence of chemical, biological, or radiological hazards in the event of an attack, explosion or fire.

Oct 30, 2008

Clearing Footprint First Step in Exercise

A member of the New York National Guard's 2nd Civil Support Team “clears a footprint” for his team during a Defense Support to Civil Authorities Response Exercise which kicked off Friday November 2, 2007. Clearing a footprint consists of identifying and sanitizing an area of chemical, biological and radiological contamination. This footprint is being cleared in preparation for the second phase of the exerecise in which the state's CERF-P team performs mass decontamination and casualty extraction exercises. CERF-P stands for Chemical, Biological,Radiological,Nuclear or High Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package. The exercise was held at the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control's Urban Search and Rescue Training Center outside Albany.

Nov 02, 2007

NY Scheduled for Additional Civil Support Team

Congressman Vito Fossella from New York's 13th District delivers remarks to local New York City media attending the ceremonial announcement of the New York National Guard's second Civil Support Team - Weapons of Mass Destruction diaster response team located at Fort Hamilton, N.Y. May 22, 2007 From the right are: 1st Sgt. Jason Zeller, 1st CST-WMD, Capt. Michael Keyes, commander, 1st CST-WMD and Maj. Gen. Robert Knauff, Deputy State Adjutant General.

Apr 21, 2007

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