The 35th Civil Support Team (Weapons of Mass Destruction) is located in St. Albans, W.Va. The CST’s mission is to support civil authorities at a domestic Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear or Explosive (CBRNE) incident site by identifying agents and substances, assessing current and projected consequences, advising on response measures, and assisting with appropriate requests for additional State and Federal support.
The CST consists of 22 full-time Army and Air National Guard members assigned to 14 different specialties. The CST adds value to communities by providing unique military capabilities, expertise and technologies to assist civil authorities in preparing for and responding to a CBRNE situation. This unit is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to the Governor for rapid deployment for response operations and enhances local and State capabilities.
During 2017, the 35th Civil Support Team completed more than 90 missions. They responded to radiological materials as well as contaminated water. Team members also provided operational support for the PGA’s Greenbrier Classic, Bridge Day, the Parkersburg Half Marathon and WVU home football games. Additionally, team members provided support to surrounding states for the Kentucky Derby, the Boston Marathon, 4th of July events in DC and Boston as well as the State of the Union and Inauguration in DC.
The 35th CST (WMD) conducted more than 20 National and State training exercises, several of which included local emergency responders. In September, the team underwent a major National Guard Bureau garrison inspection to evaluate overall business practices. Their composite score placed the CST in the top tier “Band of Excellence” among CSTs nationally.
The 35th CST remains trained and equipped, committed always to excellence, and a leader in readiness among the 55 Civil Support Teams across the country. The unit continues to support the homeland defense mission, living by its motto –
“PRET TOUJOURS PRET” – READY, ALWAYS READY!