Fort Eustis, Va. — Task forces can be formed at the time of a crisis, but a unit in Newport News, Va., Joint Task Force Civil Support (JTF-CS), works 365 days a year with people on call 24/7 for the past 19 years.
“We literally never turn the lights off,” said U.S. Army Maj. Gen. William A. “Bill” Hall, JTF-CS commander. “We’re the nation’s only standing Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) joint task force and our mission is to help those in the American homeland during a catastrophic event.”
Hall assumed duties as commander on June 29, 2018. He has served in a wide variety of staff and leadership assignments.
Established in October 1999, the unit is assigned to U.S. Northern Command. The commander of U.S. Army North has operational control of JTF-CS. What makes JTF-CS distinct is it is led by a National Guardsman and is comprised of more than 160 personnel, consisting of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines from the active duty, Reserve and National Guard components as well as civilian employees. The unit can deploy within 24 hours of notification to command and control DOD forces in support of civil authority response operations in order to save lives, prevent further injury, and provide temporary critical support to enable community recovery.
Read more about the Joint Task Force’s CBRN incident preparedness here.