The Medical Element of the 19th CERFP will deploy from the 181st Intelligence Wing in Terre Haute, Ind., aboard a C-5 this Friday to participate in 'JOINT PATRIOT' exercise at Volk Field, Wis.
The 19th CERFP is the Indiana National Guard's Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high-yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package. This joint Indiana Army and Air National Guard unit's mission is to respond to natural and man-made disasters.
"The purpose of the Joint Patriot exercise is to accomplish mission-essential training for CERFP that is not available locally," said Lt. Col. Robert Abbinett Jr., Medical Element officer-in-charge. "The exercise centers on response to a terrorist biological attack, such as a dirty bomb."
Deploying from Terre Haute's airport at Hulman Field demonstrates one of the strengths of the Medical Element of the CERFP package, according to Colonel Donald Bonte Jr., the 181st Intelligence Wing Commander.
"The 181st plays a key role in CERFP because of its strategic location and well-maintained runways," Col. Bonte said. "We can bring in transport aircraft whenever the mission dictates."
"Deploying from the 181st Intelligence Wing improves our ability by providing first-class training opportunities," Col. Bonte said. "This mission also demonstrates the Wing's readiness and reliability in providing support to the local community in times of crisis."