Joint Task Force Civil Support (JTF-CS) bids farewell to its commander of two years in a formal military ceremony July 29, 2016, at 10 a.m. at Seay Plaza. JTF-CS is the nation’s only standing chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear response task force.
U.S. Army MG Richard J. Gallant assumes command of Joint Task Force Civil Support (JTF-CS), replacing U.S. Army MG William F. Roy during a change of command ceremony. U.S. Air Force Gen. Lori Robinson, commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, will preside over the ceremony. The Colorado Springs, Colorado-based USNORTHCOM is the higher headquarters for JTF-CS.
“We have made great strides in the past two years to improve our ability to respond to a catastrophic event in our nation,” said Roy. “If the unthinkable crisis happens, we are prepared to deploy to the area as quickly as possible and synchronize our response efforts with local leaders. This team is outstanding in its ability to apply the greatest amount of response effort in the shortest amount of time, and we continue our extensive training to rapidly complete all required tasks in our nation’s time of need. This team is ready.”
Roy said, “We are ready to respond with compassion when events overwhelm the capabilities of civilian authorities, while achieving unity of effort as part of the National Response Framework. This can be the hardest of missions because your fellow citizens are the victims, and you will do everything you can to help them.”
Gallant comes to JTF-CS from an assignment as Special Assistant to the Director, Army National Guard Liaison for Force Structure and Strategic Policy. He represents the Army National Guard Directorate as a liaison with Headquarters, Department of the Army with principal responsibilities for Force Structure, Training, and Strategic Plans and Policy. Gallant provides policy recommendations to the Army National Guard Director on high priority programs such as force development, force generation, homeland defense, cyber, strategic communications, Army 2025 and training management of over 350,000 Army National Guard Citizen-Soldiers serving in 54 states, territories and the District of Columbia.
JTF-CS is located in Mullan Hall, Joint Base Langley Eustis, and is comprised of active duty, Reserve, National Guard and Civilian members from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines, as well as contractor personnel. If called upon, JTF-CS provides command and control of over 5,200 federal military forces located at more than 36 locations throughout the U.S. Designed to provide a life-saving capability within 36 hours of notification, these federal military forces offer various life-saving military assets such as search and rescue and emergency medical capabilities