773rd Civil Support Team to activate Sep.16

by Lt. Col. Michele R. Sutak
7th Civil Support Command Public Affairs

The 7th Civil Support Command will activate the 773rd Civil Support Team, a new full-time Army Reserve unit, Sept. 16 in Kaiserslautern.

In preparation for the “Road to War,” the 773rd CST is developing partnerships with various stateside-based Civil Support Teams, including Nevada and New Mexico.
Brig. Gen. Jimmie Jaye Wells, commanding general of the 7th CSC, met with Brig. Gen. Jack R. Fox, deputy adjutant general of the New Mexico National Guard, July 14 on Daenner Kaserne.

A partnership for the National Guard and Army Reserve CSTs is in the development stages, and both commanders are on board. 

“The New Mexico team could definitely provide assistance,” Brigadier General Fox said. “It will be a great training opportunity for both teams.”

Currently, the 92nd CST from Nevada has agreed to assist the 773rd CST with training and lessons. 

The 773rd CST is the only active Army Reserve Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team stationed outside of the continental United States. The mission of the 773rd CST is to provide technical assistance to host nation first responders in case of a biological, chemical or nuclear incident.

Once the unit is activated, each member of the team will receive hundreds of hours of training. This includes a two-month course of individual and team training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and follow-on home station, individual and collective training.

This extensive training is necessary because of the advanced non-standard equipment the members will need to operate, including Level A protective chemical suits, industrial detection equipment, specialized communications and a mobile analytical laboratory.

The 21st Theater Sustainment Command, U.S. Army Europe and 7th Army and its new mission capabilities make it a model for active and Reserve component teamwork and partnership.