January 9, 2002, 16:48 EST

Congressman Forbes visits Fort Pickett

 
Congressman Randy Forbes presents Major General Claude Williams with House Resolution 287 which was recently passed by the House of Representatives. H. R. 287 honors the National Guard and Reserve for their role in "Operation Enduring Freedom." (Photo courtesy of Virginia National Guard Public Affairs Office)

BLACKSTONE, Va., - Congressman Randy Forbes of the Fourth Congressional District visited Fort Pickett yesterday. Maj. Gen. Claude Williams, the adjutant general of Virginia, briefed Congressman Forbes on the current state of the Virginia Army and Air National Guard. Williams told Forbes of missions the Virginia Army and Air National Guard are involved in in response to the terrorist activities on September 11, 2001. Williams also discussed the Virginia Army National Guard soldiers deployed in Bosnia in support of the NATO stabilization mission in the Balkans with Congressman Forbes. Williams said there are currently over 1,000 members of the Virginia Army and Air National Guard on duty in support of these various missions. Williams pointed out that the Virginia National Guard has consistently been able to meet mission requirements given to it.

Forbes presented Williams with House Resolution 287 that was recently passed by the House of Representatives. Forbes introduced H. R. 287 to honor the role of the National Guard and Reserve for their role in "Operation Enduring Freedom." Operation Enduring Freedom is the military response to the terrorist attack on America.

 
A member of the 34th Civil Support Team shows Congressman Forbes how the unit's equipment would be used in response to a Weapons of Mass Destruction event. (Photo courtesy of Virginia National Guard Public Affairs Office)

During his visit to Fort Pickett, Forbes had the opportunity to review the mission capability of the 34th Civil Support Team (CST) with members of the unit. The 34th CST is a Virginia National Guard unit stationed at Fort Pickett. The mission of the 34th CST is to support civil authorities at a domestic Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) incident site. Support is provided by identifying WMD agents/substances, assessing current and projected consequences, advising on response measures and assisting with appropriate requests for state support. Unit members include medical, communications, operations, and survey specialist who are highly trained to provide support to local officials in response to a WMD event.

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