SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – The picturesque American landmarks of The Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and other San Francisco Bay Area attractions are vividly outlined through the morning fog, yet stand in stark contrast to the disaster scenes California, Oregon and other National Guardsmen responded to during BAYEX2019, a one-week training exercise held from Jan. 28 to Feb. 1, 2019. 

Working with their neighbors to the south, the Oregon National Guard’s 102nd Civil Support Team (CST) integrated with the California National Guard’s 95th CST, along with other regional first responders, during a series of simulated chemical attacks. 

BAYEX19 was designed to simulate an attack of unknown agents at multiple sites around the scenic backdrop of the San Francisco Bay Area, a popular tourist attraction where people interact on a daily basis. These agents are often dispensed as chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear in nature when fully ‘weaponized’ and used as a direct threat on the public. The purpose of having other teams training together was to cultivate interoperability and build on ‘best practice scenarios’ while supporting other regional first responders working together. 

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