CERFP Archive

  • SANDSTON, Va. — More than 2,000 National Guard personnel from six states and Washington, D.C., will take part in the Vigilant Guard 18-3 emergency response exercise May 7-10, 2018, at multiple locations in Virginia to improve their ability to respond to a natural disaster and enhance relationships with local, state and federal emergency response partners. The event will simulate a […]

    Virginia National Guard to host Vigilant Guard emergency response exercise

    SANDSTON, Va. — More than 2,000 National Guard personnel from six states and Washington, D.C., will take part in the Vigilant Guard 18-3 emergency response exercise May 7-10, 2018, at multiple locations in Virginia to improve their ability to respond to a natural disaster and enhance relationships with local, state and federal emergency response partners. The event will simulate a […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Construction was completed on the new training venue in the Old Hospital Area of Fort Pickett Maneuver Training Center April 27, 2018. The new Structure Collapse Venue Site is intended to simulate a large building damaged by a natural disaster or a terrorist attack. “The idea is to instill an impression,” said Capt. Andrew Czaplicki, Operations […]

    Virginia National Guard’s newest training venue nears opening date

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Construction was completed on the new training venue in the Old Hospital Area of Fort Pickett Maneuver Training Center April 27, 2018. The new Structure Collapse Venue Site is intended to simulate a large building damaged by a natural disaster or a terrorist attack. “The idea is to instill an impression,” said Capt. Andrew Czaplicki, Operations […]

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  • CAMP DAWSON, W.Va. – More than 50 Soldiers assigned to the Powhatan-based 180th Engineer Company, 276th Engineer Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group, traveled to Camp Dawson, near Kingwood, West Virginia, for the Search and Extraction Basic Course, held July 28 – Aug. 4, 2017. During the seven-day course, Soldiers trained on breaching and breaking, lifting and hauling, ropes, confined space […]

    CERFP Soldiers train on search & extraction in West Virginia

    CAMP DAWSON, W.Va. – More than 50 Soldiers assigned to the Powhatan-based 180th Engineer Company, 276th Engineer Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group, traveled to Camp Dawson, near Kingwood, West Virginia, for the Search and Extraction Basic Course, held July 28 – Aug. 4, 2017. During the seven-day course, Soldiers trained on breaching and breaking, lifting and hauling, ropes, confined space […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear High Yield Explosive Response Force Package, known as the CERFP, received validation from external evaluators April 26, 2017, at the Virginia Beach Fire Training Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The evaluation validated the team of approximately 200 Soldiers and Airmen as fully training on 20 of 24 tasks. […]

    Special response force validated after external evaluation

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear High Yield Explosive Response Force Package, known as the CERFP, received validation from external evaluators April 26, 2017, at the Virginia Beach Fire Training Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The evaluation validated the team of approximately 200 Soldiers and Airmen as fully training on 20 of 24 tasks. […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. — A Virginia National Guard special response force capable of providing support to first responders and civil authorities after a chemical, biological or nuclear incident will undergo an external evaluation in the Virginia Beach area, and they will conduct their final preparations April 24, 2017. The evaluation tests the unit’s abilities to respond to a simulated emergency situation […]

    Special Va. National Guard response force to undergo external evaluation

    SANDSTON, Va. — A Virginia National Guard special response force capable of providing support to first responders and civil authorities after a chemical, biological or nuclear incident will undergo an external evaluation in the Virginia Beach area, and they will conduct their final preparations April 24, 2017. The evaluation tests the unit’s abilities to respond to a simulated emergency situation […]

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  • Issue #2 of the 2017 Commonwealth’s Guardian bi-weekly newsletter is available for download in PDF format at http://go.usa.gov/x9AgA. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please email ngva.pao@mail.mil. In this issue: Va. Guard displays capabilities, commended by state leaders Virginia National Guard Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force displayed some of the Guard’s warfighting and […]

    Issue #2 of the 2017 Commonwealth’s Guardian bi-weekly newsletter

    Issue #2 of the 2017 Commonwealth’s Guardian bi-weekly newsletter is available for download in PDF format at http://go.usa.gov/x9AgA. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please email ngva.pao@mail.mil. In this issue: Va. Guard displays capabilities, commended by state leaders Virginia National Guard Soldiers, Airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force displayed some of the Guard’s warfighting and […]

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  • FORT A. P. HILL, Va. — Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the Virginia National Guard’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, High Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package, or CERFP, conducted a collective training exercise Jan. 21, 2017, at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, to prepare for an external evaluation to be held later this year. The force is made up of Soldiers […]

    Exercise prepares special response force for upcoming evaluation

    FORT A. P. HILL, Va. — Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the Virginia National Guard’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, High Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package, or CERFP, conducted a collective training exercise Jan. 21, 2017, at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, to prepare for an external evaluation to be held later this year. The force is made up of Soldiers […]

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  • WASHINGTON, D.C. – Nearly 300 Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen joined a force of approximately 7,500 National Guard personnel from across the country supporting the 58th Presidential Inauguration Jan. 20, 2017, in Washington, D. C. Virginia Guard personnel assisted with traffic control as well as communications, medical and chaplain support, and also provided liaison officers to key military and […]

    Virginia Guard supports 58th Presidential Inauguration

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Nearly 300 Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen joined a force of approximately 7,500 National Guard personnel from across the country supporting the 58th Presidential Inauguration Jan. 20, 2017, in Washington, D. C. Virginia Guard personnel assisted with traffic control as well as communications, medical and chaplain support, and also provided liaison officers to key military and […]

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  • SANDSTON, Va. – More than 180 Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, High Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package, or CERFP, as well as members of the Virginia Defense Force, conducted a simulation exercise April 16, 2016, in Richmond, Virginia, to test the unit’s capabilities to assist in the emergency response for a […]

    Va. National Guard special response force conducts exercise

    SANDSTON, Va. – More than 180 Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, High Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package, or CERFP, as well as members of the Virginia Defense Force, conducted a simulation exercise April 16, 2016, in Richmond, Virginia, to test the unit’s capabilities to assist in the emergency response for a […]

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  • WASHINGTON, D. C. — More than 170 Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, High Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package, or CERFP, trained during Sovereign Guardian 2016 with members of the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Service Department Feb. 24, 2016, at the Washington DC Fire & EMS Training Academy in […]

    Va. Guard CERFP works side-by-side with agency partners at Sovereign Guardian 2016

    WASHINGTON, D. C. — More than 170 Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen assigned to the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, High Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package, or CERFP, trained during Sovereign Guardian 2016 with members of the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Service Department Feb. 24, 2016, at the Washington DC Fire & EMS Training Academy in […]

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  • RICHMOND, Va. — Soldiers and Airmen from the Virginia National Guard’s Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear High Yield Explosive Response Force Package, also known as the CERFP (pronounced “surf-p”), and 34th Civil Support Team hosted a capabilities demonstration Aug. 26, 2015, in Richmond, Va. The demonstration was designed to educate local, state and federal law enforcement, firefighters and medical personnel with […]

    Capabilities demonstration gives Va. leaders, first responders up-close look at CERFP, 34th CST

    RICHMOND, Va. — Soldiers and Airmen from the Virginia National Guard’s Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear High Yield Explosive Response Force Package, also known as the CERFP (pronounced “surf-p”), and 34th Civil Support Team hosted a capabilities demonstration Aug. 26, 2015, in Richmond, Va. The demonstration was designed to educate local, state and federal law enforcement, firefighters and medical personnel with […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – A special Virginia National Guard response force that would assist first responders and civil authorities after a chemical, biological or nuclear incident was recommended for validation after being assessed as fully trained on 19 of 23 total major tasks, needing practice on four tasks and having no untrained tasks by an external evaluation […]

    Special Va. Guard response force recommended for validation after external evaluation

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – A special Virginia National Guard response force that would assist first responders and civil authorities after a chemical, biological or nuclear incident was recommended for validation after being assessed as fully trained on 19 of 23 total major tasks, needing practice on four tasks and having no untrained tasks by an external evaluation […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. — Soldiers and Airmen from the Virginia National Guard’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, High Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package, or CERFP, braved below-freezing temperatures Feb. 20-21, 2015, at Fort Pickett, Va., to conduct a collective training exercise designed to prepare the unit for an external evaluation to be held later this year. Approximately 230 Soldiers and […]

    CERFP trains in preparation of external evaluation

    FORT PICKETT, Va. — Soldiers and Airmen from the Virginia National Guard’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, High Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package, or CERFP, braved below-freezing temperatures Feb. 20-21, 2015, at Fort Pickett, Va., to conduct a collective training exercise designed to prepare the unit for an external evaluation to be held later this year. Approximately 230 Soldiers and […]

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  • CAMP GRUBER, Okla. – Virginia National Guard Soldiers from the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, High Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package, or CERFP, traveled to Camp Gruber, Okla., to attend the CERFP Heavy Collapse Specialist Course Aug. 11-15, 2014. The course took Soldiers through nearly non-stop scenario-based exercises that required the Soldiers to breach, break, lift, haul, shore and crib […]

    CERFP Soldiers train for disaster response in Oklahoma

    CAMP GRUBER, Okla. – Virginia National Guard Soldiers from the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, High Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package, or CERFP, traveled to Camp Gruber, Okla., to attend the CERFP Heavy Collapse Specialist Course Aug. 11-15, 2014. The course took Soldiers through nearly non-stop scenario-based exercises that required the Soldiers to breach, break, lift, haul, shore and crib […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va – Soldiers and Airmen of the Virginia National Guard’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and High-Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package, or CERFP (pronounced “surf-p”) conducted a new member training event April 7-12, 2014, at Fort Pickett to instruct their newest Soldiers and Airmen on the basics of consequence management and incident response. The training, known as CERFP […]

    Virginia CERFP conducts emergency response qualification course

    FORT PICKETT, Va – Soldiers and Airmen of the Virginia National Guard’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and High-Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package, or CERFP (pronounced “surf-p”) conducted a new member training event April 7-12, 2014, at Fort Pickett to instruct their newest Soldiers and Airmen on the basics of consequence management and incident response. The training, known as CERFP […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — A Virginia National Guard special response force capable of providing support to first responders and civil authorities was recommended for validation following an external evaluation April 27 at the Virginia Beach Fire & EMS Training Center. The Virginia National Guard’s Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear High Yield Explosive Response Force Package, known as the CERFP (pronounced “surf-p”), […]

    Va. Guard CERFP validated for duty following external evaluation in Virginia Beach

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — A Virginia National Guard special response force capable of providing support to first responders and civil authorities was recommended for validation following an external evaluation April 27 at the Virginia Beach Fire & EMS Training Center. The Virginia National Guard’s Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear High Yield Explosive Response Force Package, known as the CERFP (pronounced “surf-p”), […]

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  • FORT PICKETT, Va. – Members of the Virginia Guard’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, High Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package, or CERFP, spent the week of Sept. 9-15 at Fort Pickett teaching their newest Soldiers and Airmen the basics of incident response as part of CERFP University. CERFP University aims to educate new members of the response force on the […]

    Virginia Guard Soldiers, Airmen train at CERFP University

    FORT PICKETT, Va. – Members of the Virginia Guard’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, High Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package, or CERFP, spent the week of Sept. 9-15 at Fort Pickett teaching their newest Soldiers and Airmen the basics of incident response as part of CERFP University. CERFP University aims to educate new members of the response force on the […]

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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, High Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package conducted their longest continuous training exercise to date July 25, 2012 at the Virginia Beach Fire Training Center. The training is conducted in order to evaluate the team’s ability to respond effectively and proficiently in the event of a disaster. “This […]

    Virginia National Guard CERFP successfully conducts continuous disaster response exercise

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, High Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package conducted their longest continuous training exercise to date July 25, 2012 at the Virginia Beach Fire Training Center. The training is conducted in order to evaluate the team’s ability to respond effectively and proficiently in the event of a disaster. “This […]

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