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March 11, 2009
102 Civil Support Team, Oregon National Guard to hold Change of Command Ceremony
In a ceremony to be held on Thursday, March 12, 2009 at 1 p.m. at the Anderson Readiness Center, 3225 State Street SE in Salem, Ore., the outgoing commander, Lt. Col. Steven J. Ferrell of Salem, Ore. will pass the guidon to Lt. Col. Lance E. Englet of Keizer.

Families, friends and media is invited to attend. Interested media should contact the Oregon Military Department Public Affairs Office for additional information.

The mission of the 102 Civil Support Team (Weapons of Mass Destruction)is to support civil authorities at domestic CBRNE incident sites by identifying CBRNE agents and substances, assessing current and projected consequences, advising on response measures and assisting with appropriate requests for additional support.

WMD - CST's provide support for intentional or unintentional releases of CBRNE and natural or man-made disasters in the United States that result or could result in the catastrophic loss of life or property.

The 102 Civil Support Team(CST) stood up a light team in April 2001 under the Command of Lt. Col. Cameron Crawford. In March 2004, the 102 CST transitioned from a M-day unit to a full time Title 32 unit. In October 2005 after completing all training and an external evaluation, the team received a "Go" in all evaluated categories. At this time the Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfield officially certified the 102 CST as a WMD asset.

Since certification, the team has responded to at least 12 real world incidents and has furthered its partnership with Oregon's response community.
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