CERFP Archive

  • By Sgt. Taylor Tribble, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Public Affairs CAMP BLANDING, Fla. — The Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP), sent more than 200 Kentucky National Guard Soldiers and Airmen to Camp Blanding, Fla., Jan. 7-10, 2019 for their certification evaluation. The CERFP was tasked with responding to a ten kilo-ton nuclear explosion, establishing a support zone, searching the hot zone for victims, extracting the victims from the hot zone, decontaminating the victims and providing medical assistance. Once the Search and Extraction team goes in they assess the area and mark areas that […]

    Kentucky CERFP passes all marks in skills certification

    By Sgt. Taylor Tribble, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Public Affairs CAMP BLANDING, Fla. — The Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP), sent more than 200 Kentucky National Guard Soldiers and Airmen to Camp Blanding, Fla., Jan. 7-10, 2019 for their certification evaluation. The CERFP was tasked with responding to a ten kilo-ton nuclear explosion, establishing a support zone, searching the hot zone for victims, extracting the victims from the hot zone, decontaminating the victims and providing medical assistance. Once the Search and Extraction team goes in they assess the area and mark areas that […]

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  • By Sgt. 1st Class Rebecca Wood, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade PERRY, Ga. — Members of Kentucky’s CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) and 41st Civil Support Team joined more than 8,000 other Soldiers, Airmen and First Responders for Vigilant Guard 17, Mar. 27 – April 2 in various locations throughout Georgia. Vigilant Guard is a joint regional training exercise sponsored by U.S. Northern Command in conjunction with the National Guard Bureau. The purpose of the exercise is to simulate a real-world natural disaster in order to improve cooperation between agencies in the FEMA Regions in preparing for emergencies and catastrophic events. Commander of […]

    Guardsmen travel south for Vigilant Guard 2017

    By Sgt. 1st Class Rebecca Wood, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade PERRY, Ga. — Members of Kentucky’s CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) and 41st Civil Support Team joined more than 8,000 other Soldiers, Airmen and First Responders for Vigilant Guard 17, Mar. 27 – April 2 in various locations throughout Georgia. Vigilant Guard is a joint regional training exercise sponsored by U.S. Northern Command in conjunction with the National Guard Bureau. The purpose of the exercise is to simulate a real-world natural disaster in order to improve cooperation between agencies in the FEMA Regions in preparing for emergencies and catastrophic events. Commander of […]

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  • By Sgt. 1st Class Rebecca Wood, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade FORT KNOX, Ky. — Kentucky’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High Yield Explosive (CBRNE) Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) and the 41st Civil Support Team (CST) sharpened their skills in an unique environment from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, at the Zussman Range on Fort Knox. Zussman Range is located 40 minutes outside of the containment area of Fort Knox and according to National Defense Magazine is known as one of the most realistic urban training grounds in the nation since it opened in 1999. The 30-acre Eastern European style city is […]

    Kentucky units’ unique skillsets on display at Knox

    By Sgt. 1st Class Rebecca Wood, 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade FORT KNOX, Ky. — Kentucky’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High Yield Explosive (CBRNE) Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) and the 41st Civil Support Team (CST) sharpened their skills in an unique environment from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, at the Zussman Range on Fort Knox. Zussman Range is located 40 minutes outside of the containment area of Fort Knox and according to National Defense Magazine is known as one of the most realistic urban training grounds in the nation since it opened in 1999. The 30-acre Eastern European style city is […]

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  • By 1st Lt. Michael Reinersman, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment ELMA, Wash. — The Kentucky National Guard’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, High-Yield Explosives (CBRNE) Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) tested its search and rescue, extraction and recovery capabilities June 11, at the Satsop Business Park in Elma, Washington. As part of a Vigilant Guard exercise, the Kentucky CERFP teamed with local and state agencies to simulate a mass-casualty search and rescue operation. “Generally, we just test our skills,” said Maj. Travis Huber, CERFP deputy commander, and 103rd Chemical Battalion executive officer. “But these exercises give us the opportunity to integrate and […]

    Kentucky Guardsmen test search and rescue skills during Vigilant Guard

    By 1st Lt. Michael Reinersman, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment ELMA, Wash. — The Kentucky National Guard’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, High-Yield Explosives (CBRNE) Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) tested its search and rescue, extraction and recovery capabilities June 11, at the Satsop Business Park in Elma, Washington. As part of a Vigilant Guard exercise, the Kentucky CERFP teamed with local and state agencies to simulate a mass-casualty search and rescue operation. “Generally, we just test our skills,” said Maj. Travis Huber, CERFP deputy commander, and 103rd Chemical Battalion executive officer. “But these exercises give us the opportunity to integrate and […]

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  • By Sgt. 1st Class Gina Vaile-Nelson, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment ELMA, Wash. — “It is the perfect example of ‘we don’t know what we don’t know,’ and it was invaluable training,” said Karen Brandt, director of human resources for the Summit Pacific Medical Center. “It’s the simple things that bring comfort to people, like a tab on the end of the tape, or putting seals around suits where we gained the most knowledge,” she said, “and we need a lot more buckets.” Comforts, best practices and a wealth of knowledge were exchanged June 11, at the small regional hospital […]

    KY-CERFP expands networking footprint to Pacific North West in Vigilant Guard exercise

    By Sgt. 1st Class Gina Vaile-Nelson, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment ELMA, Wash. — “It is the perfect example of ‘we don’t know what we don’t know,’ and it was invaluable training,” said Karen Brandt, director of human resources for the Summit Pacific Medical Center. “It’s the simple things that bring comfort to people, like a tab on the end of the tape, or putting seals around suits where we gained the most knowledge,” she said, “and we need a lot more buckets.” Comforts, best practices and a wealth of knowledge were exchanged June 11, at the small regional hospital […]

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  • By Sgt. 1st Class Gina Vaile-Nelson, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment WARRENTON, Ore. — Though scientists can’t predict when the next major movement of either fault line will occur, the National Guard Bureau is prepared to respond with highly trained and specialized units known as Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, High-Yield Explosives (CBRNE) Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP). NGB strategically placed these CERFP teams in each of the 10 FEMA regions throughout the U.S., and June 7-9, members of the Oregon and Kentucky National Guard CERFP, along with the Utah Homeland Response Force (HRF) and aviation assets from the Idaho National […]

    Kentucky CERFP assists Oregon in Cascadia Rising

    By Sgt. 1st Class Gina Vaile-Nelson, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment WARRENTON, Ore. — Though scientists can’t predict when the next major movement of either fault line will occur, the National Guard Bureau is prepared to respond with highly trained and specialized units known as Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, High-Yield Explosives (CBRNE) Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP). NGB strategically placed these CERFP teams in each of the 10 FEMA regions throughout the U.S., and June 7-9, members of the Oregon and Kentucky National Guard CERFP, along with the Utah Homeland Response Force (HRF) and aviation assets from the Idaho National […]

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  • Soldiers and Airmen rated fully mission capable Team responds to events involving chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive agents By Staff Sgt. Vicky Spesard, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs STARKE, Fla. — A Kentucky National Guard disaster-response unit successfully completed four days of evaluations at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center here Jan. 15, demonstrating to inspectors that the cadre of Army and Air Guardsmen is fully mission-capable. The unit — called the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high-yield Explosives Enhanced Response Force Package, or CERFP — offers unique capabilities designed to assist civilian authorities in the event of a disaster […]

    Joint disaster-response unit successfully completes readiness evaluation

    Soldiers and Airmen rated fully mission capable Team responds to events involving chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive agents By Staff Sgt. Vicky Spesard, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs STARKE, Fla. — A Kentucky National Guard disaster-response unit successfully completed four days of evaluations at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center here Jan. 15, demonstrating to inspectors that the cadre of Army and Air Guardsmen is fully mission-capable. The unit — called the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high-yield Explosives Enhanced Response Force Package, or CERFP — offers unique capabilities designed to assist civilian authorities in the event of a disaster […]

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  • Story and photos by Sgt. 1st Class Brad Staggs, Atterbury-Muscatatuck Public Affairs MUSCATATUCK URBAN TRAINING CENTER, Ind. (4/1/13) – For today’s Soldiers and Airmen, the more realistic their training, the better prepared in the event of an actual situation they’ll be. For the Kentucky National Guard’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package, or CERFP, the training center here provides a realistic urban scenario where CERFP team members can hone their existing skills and then teach them to new volunteers. “We’re training a lot of new folks,” said Lt. Col. Lance Grebe, commander of the CERFP. […]

    Kentucky National Guard trains for multiple threat emergencies

    Story and photos by Sgt. 1st Class Brad Staggs, Atterbury-Muscatatuck Public Affairs MUSCATATUCK URBAN TRAINING CENTER, Ind. (4/1/13) – For today’s Soldiers and Airmen, the more realistic their training, the better prepared in the event of an actual situation they’ll be. For the Kentucky National Guard’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package, or CERFP, the training center here provides a realistic urban scenario where CERFP team members can hone their existing skills and then teach them to new volunteers. “We’re training a lot of new folks,” said Lt. Col. Lance Grebe, commander of the CERFP. […]

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  • Story and photos by Pfc. Lerone Simmons, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment MUSCATATUCK URBAN TRAINING CENTER, Butlerville, Ind. – Kentucky National Guardsmen assigned to Kentucky’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High Yield Explosive (CBRNE) Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) can call themselves the nation’s best after an evaluation May 24 at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Butlerville, Ind. “This is our culmination event and we wanted to be the best CERFP in the country,” said Lt. Col. Joseph H. Gardner, commander of the Richmond-based 103rd Chemical Battalion. A joint-effort between Airmen from the 123rd Airlift Wing, Louisville, Ky., and Army […]

    Kentucky’s CERFP best in nation, shatters records during evaluation

    Story and photos by Pfc. Lerone Simmons, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment MUSCATATUCK URBAN TRAINING CENTER, Butlerville, Ind. – Kentucky National Guardsmen assigned to Kentucky’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High Yield Explosive (CBRNE) Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) can call themselves the nation’s best after an evaluation May 24 at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Butlerville, Ind. “This is our culmination event and we wanted to be the best CERFP in the country,” said Lt. Col. Joseph H. Gardner, commander of the Richmond-based 103rd Chemical Battalion. A joint-effort between Airmen from the 123rd Airlift Wing, Louisville, Ky., and Army […]

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  • Kentucky Guardsmen qualify as Disaster Response Team

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