A member of the Georgia National Guard’s Fourth Civil Support team prepares to head into a mock Weapon of Mass Destruction zone aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany Thursday.
ALBANY, Ga. -- Members of an elite part of the Georgia National Guard showed local public safety, government and Marine officials how they approach some of the world’s most deadly scenarios during a mock drill Thursday.
The Guard's Fourth Civil Support Unit is trained to detect, analyze and access weapons of mass destruction.
Whether it be nuclear, chemical or biological, Major Sam Roberts' unit is prepared to handle it from detection through decontamination.
"We have a highly, highly trained HAZMAT joint unit which consists of our soldiers and airmen that go down and get in level A suits ... do those site characterizations, do those surveys and bring those samples back for testing."
The group's talents were recently used to collect, test and analyze a letter suspected of containing the poison Ricin, which has become a popular means of terrorizing business and political leaders in the U.S.
Thursday, the unit devised a mock scenario involving a threat to a Marine barracks aboard MCLB Albany to show how they suit up, deploy, collect evidence, go through a decontamination procedure and then use some of the world's most sophisticated communications technology.
The unit is one of several that stood up after the terror attack of 9/11/2001 as incident response teams for terrorism involving weapons of mass destruction.
Based in Marietta, the unit can deploy anywhere in the state at the request of the governor.