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Washington 10th CST builds partners during Konfitma 18

 

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands – The Washington National Guard’s 10th Civil Support Team participated in an exercise that included an active shooter, biological weapons manufacturing and hostages on the island of Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands. Approximately 100 personnel from various government agencies of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) responded to the scenarios during the period of Aug. 14-17.

The exercise, called Konfitma, a Chamorran term meaning “confirming with the plans,” was designed to test an agency’s capabilities, policies and procedures and identify interoperability gaps in its response. The Chamorro people are the original inhabitants of Saipan.

The commercial economy of the Northern Mariana Islands heavily depends on the imported goods that make their way onto the islands by way of commercial ship transport. Even if there were a small-scale attack on one of their ports, there could theoretically be a surge in security requirements at all of their ports, as well as a crippling area-wide disruption of maritime operations.

Washington, along with other CSTs from Guam, Hawaii, Utah and Tennessee, provided chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives (CBRNE) support to local first-responders who were the first on the scene. If there was a need for detection for any kind of hazardous chemicals or materials, the CSTs were on site within 30 minutes.

More than merely participating in the exercise itself, Lt. Col. Ricky Thomas, the commander of the 10th CST, said that building and maintaining relationships with the other CSTs is crucial for when real-world events happen. Read more

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Washington 10th CST builds partners during Konfitma 18

Washington 10th CST builds partners during Konfitma 18

Washington 10th CST builds partners during Konfitma 18

Washington 10th CST builds partners during Konfitma 18

Washington 10th CST builds partners during Konfitma 18