FORT EUSTIS, Va. – Media are invited to cover Joint Task Force Civil Support (JTF-CS) members participating in joint training exercises Vibrant Response 17 (VR 17 at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, and Guardian Response 17 (GR 17) at Muscatatuk Urban Training Center, Indiana, April 24 to 30.

VR 17 is a mission validation command post exercise that tests the capabilities of the federal response to meet the expectations of the Nation. It provides realistic training to prepare chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) response units to integrate with civilian partners and respond to natural or manmade catastrophic CBRN events.

GR 17 is a capstone field training exercise, involving more than 5,000 active duty and reserve service members to validate the mission readiness of the Defense CBRN Response Force. The two exercises will run simultaneously using the same scenario.

For more information, or to travel with the unit to the Indiana exercise, contact Dr. Michael Brown at the JTF-CS Public Affairs Office at (757) 501-7851 or email or

Additional information about JTF-CS and the capabilities of the DCRF can be found online here: or

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