Georgia Guard members 'Always Ready, Always There'

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  • By TSgt Regina Young
  • 116th ACW Public Affairs
"The Georgia National Guard's 'talented' Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen remains equipped and trained to assist their community and state, any time," said Chief Master Sgt. David Fite a senior enlisted manager with the 116th Air Control Wing here.

The wing's state active duty missions in response to the recent Boston Marathon bombings and Hurricane Katrina are among the more prominent missions that served community requests, protected property, and potentially saved lives.

The 116th has approximately 140 Airmen in the wing that are trained in specific skillsets for all-hazard situations.

The Mission Support Group uses personnel from security forces; logistics; civil engineers; explosive ordnance disposal and emergency management who train to provide defense support to civilian authorities in emergency responses.

Formed in a specialized team, "The 116th Medical Group's chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, high-yield explosive, enhanced response force package, or CERFP team, are 100 percent trained and dedicated to meet the needs and expectations of any DSCA mission," said Chief Master Sgt. Frank Bulin, Medical Group superintendent.

CERFPs are a joint National Guard response element made up of Army and Air National Guard members who search for, extract and decontaminate disaster victims and who assess, treat and help transport causalities to medical centers. They are located in every Federal Emergency Management Agency region, including Georgia's FEMA Region IV.

Air National Guard members work closely with Army counterparts through the state's joint operations center, which supports the Georgia Bureau of Investigation; FBI; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and other civilian agencies who respond to state and national threats.