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Cape Gazette BUSINESS & REAL ESTATE FRIDAY. APRIL 6- MONDAY. APRIL 9, 2012 57 Col. Bill Stevenson employs decadesof emergency management.experience at JTF-CS Operations officer is citizen soldier, FEMA leader Byu,s. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Brian Dietrick Special to the Cape Gazette For most in disaster response work, opportunities to experi- ence preparedness efforts through service in multiple agen- cies are rare. Maryland National Guard U.S. Army Col. Bill Stevenson is getting that chance while working at Joint Task Force Civil Support. Stevenson, who has 35 years of experience in emergency man- agement and response, works the operations officer of a na- tional Incident Management As- sistance Team for the Federal Emergency Management Agency when not under Nation- al Guard duties. For the past month, Stevenson has served in uniform at JTF-CS, where he worked in the Opera- tions, Training and Readiness di-. rectorate. Prior to starting his du- ties here, the 56-year-old Lewes native briefed ]TF-CS and other federal and local disaster sponse and planning leaders the role FEM.Rs incident man- agement team plays in domestic disaster response operations. ]TF-CS is the nations' only standing CBRN joint task force that anticipateS, plans and inte- grates chemical, biological, radi- 0logical and nuclear response operations. ]TF-CS commands a 5,200-person domestic response force composed of soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines. On order, these forces provide urban search and rescue, patient de- contamination, casualty/ground/air evacuation and general logistics support. "JTF-CS is one of the most readily available forces in CONUS," Ste#enson said. "I'm gratified how closely aligned both forces are so we understand PHOTO COURTESY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE U.$. AIR FORCE Maj. Gen. Jonathan T. Treacy, left, commander, Joint Task Forc~e Civil Support, thanks U.S. Army Col. Stevenson, a Maryland National Guard mem- ber and Lewes native, for the eight weeks of service Stevenson put in at JTF-CS from February to March of this year. Stevenson, who worked in JTF-CS' Operations, re- Training and Readiness Directorate, is a 3S-ye,ar veteran in emergency manage- on tnent and response. what each force is doing and how the pieces fit together." After he briefed the command in February, Stevenson remained at JTF-CS, but swapped his blue FEMA polo for his Army combat uniform. Stevenson spent eight weeks coordinating with 1TF-CS' community of partners - the var- ious federal, state and local mili- tary and civilian government agencies tasked to provide disas- ter response services. He also as- sisted JTF-CS in streamlining its, prescripted mission assignments used during the initial hours of a federal-level response in support of a state government following a catastrophic CBRN event. "We wanted to come down to link up with you guys so we Can understand your mission and you can understand Our mission and how we're going to work to- gether," Stevenson said. "We will be working together if there is an incident." Stevenson is at ITF-CS as a nonofficial liaison from FEMA to shorten loops in the decision- making process. Continued on page 58 O lS% off eligible products services 5% off domestic 8 international UPS* shipping services ,.j A pD't Discounts The UPS St0 ,8,,,,o,.,. w,,,,.,.wy fe Rehoboth Beach, DE 302-360-0264 Hours: M-F 8-6 Sat 8-4 [Momentum is Building! Head to Nhere Stop by our Rt. 1 location forlocal eats, drinks and fun. Learn about Branch Out Division and other featured properties. 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