Editor’s note: The Wisconsin National Guard’s 54th Civil Support Team will conduct training exercises at Sun Prairie High School Tuesday, July 20 and at Bayer’s Agricultural Facility at 410 Bullen Road, in Arlington, Wisconsin, Thursday, July 22. The 54th Civil Support Team will be unable to accommodate media at the site, due to mission requirements and because the exercise serves as an evaluation of the unit’s readiness. Questions can be directed to the Wisconsin National Guard Public Affairs Office.
MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin National Guard’s 54th Civil Support Team (CST) will conduct an exercise at Sun Prairie High School in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, July 20 beginning at 8 a.m.
An additional training event will take place at the Bayer facility and Fireman’s Park in Arlington, Wisconsin, Thursday, July 22 beginning at 8 a.m.
The public should not be alarmed by the team’s presence at either training site and can expect to see military vehicles and service members wearing hazardous materials protective suits to investigate notional chemical agents in and around these areas during the training scenarios.
Made up of 22 Citizen Soldiers and Airmen, the 54th CST is Wisconsin’s full-time response team for emergencies or terrorist events involving weapons of mass destruction or toxic industrial chemicals. The unit assists local first responders by providing medical and technical advice, assisting in the detection assessment process, and serves as a liaison should additional military resources be called in. The team’s personnel are on a short-notice recall 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. The team conducts regular training exercises with different first responders and in communities across Wisconsin on a monthly basis.