Guam- The Civil Support Teams (CST) Kontra I Piligru Exercise has been set for next Tuesday, May 21.
A media conference was called this morning [Wednesday] at the Hilton Resort to discuss the details of the event. Governor Eddie Calvo, Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio, Guam National Guard, Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense and other first responders were present to talk about their roles.
94th CST Commander LTC Joseph Limtiaco says the joint exercise will strengthen communications and field operations as local and federal agencies respond to an armageddon scenario. Part of the exercise will also take place on Rota.
The event will start off with a bomb threat and also includes a small explosion and an active shooter scenario. Limtiaco mentions the exercise will be a realistic experience that is expected to last 36 hours.
“Our goals for this particular exercise, number 1, conduct a joint inter-agency and joint CST exercise aimed at resolving fictitious terrorist activities on the island,” said Limtiaco. “When I say join inter agency, I’m talking about our local first responders and our federal first responders. When I talk about joint CST, the 85th CST out of Utah is sending a strike team to Guam, as well as the 93rd CST out of Hawaii.”
Limtiaco adds the exercise will be part of the CST’s re-certification process, which is done every 18 months.
More details on the event are forthcoming for the public.