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Press Release
October 15, 2007
Oregon National Guard takes supportive roll in TOPOFF Exercise
The Oregon National Guard will support first responders during the biggest terrorism exercise ever staged nationally, October 15-19 in Portland, Ore. The exercise known as TOPOFF 4, short for "top officials," will allow local, state, and federal agencies to test their abilities to respond to a staged terrorist attack.

The Oregon National Guard 102nd Civil Support Team will support first responders by using equipment to identify and monitor radioactive material. Twenty two members of the Civil Support Team will take part in the exercise.

"We will work together with first responders to see what the risk to the public is and what the dangers are," said Lt. Col. Steven Ferrell, Commander of the 102nd Civil Support Team. "We do this in support of the first responders; we never take charge but instead take a supportive role."

There will be about 200 Oregon National Guardsmen that will make up the Joint Task Force (JTF) for this exercise.

"The purpose of the JTF is to provide local authorities with any supplemental resources they may need within our capabilities. That could include anything from coordinating troop movements to assist evacuation efforts, to providing logistical support, such as power generators or transporting water and supplies," said Lt. Col. Robert Mouw, Deputy Commander 82 Brigade Troop Command. "We are providing a strong Joint Task Force that is ready to respond to any mission the Governor may give us."

This is the fourth TOPOFF exercise since the drill was established by the Clinton Administration and Congress.
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