Hagel: Gee, I Guess We Won't Deactivate NYC's ONLY Weapons of Mass Destruction-Civil Support Team Now

"Make the sequester hurt" hit's a hurdle after terrorism in Boston

Ya think?

The only U.S. military team assigned to New York City to support first responders in case of a disaster will remain on duty. It was just saved on the brink of elimination.

fthamilton.jpgA day after the bombings at the Boston Marathon, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel rescinded his decision to disband the rapid-response unit based at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn.

His abrupt change of mind was a relief to New Yorkers amid the sudden new concerns about terrorism. During testimony on Capitol Hill, Mr. Hagel announced that the Pentagon won't deactivate the 24th National Guard Weapons of Mass Destruction-Civil Support Team (WMD-CST)[...]

WMD-CSTs are trained to provide rapid military support to civil authorities in the event of a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear threat.

Mr. Hagel acknowledged that his reversal on funding the pair of units in New York and Florida means they will not become the victims of federal cost-cutting[...]

"The 24th National Guard WMD-CST team has done exceptional job, not just in New York, but also in Boston, where they were on the ground responding to the horrific attack on the marathon," Mr. Grimm said. "This week's events have reminded us that we must remain vigilant, and this elite team assists that effort." [More..]

Wake up call to those still living in a pre-9/11 bubble, again.

h/t @Kalashnikitty

Posted by: Stable Hand at 10:57 AM

Comments

1 The fact that they would even think about dismantling this unit using the sequester as an excuse after the Obama's had their lavish parties at the Whitehouse as well as jetting all over the country, is sickening in the extreme. I hope this is a wake up call to everyone as to what Obama has been doing to this country with his policies, and we start throwing the bums out of office starting next year..

Posted by: Moshe Ben Avram at April 20, 2013 12:01 PM

2 Yes, Hagel had a defining moment go off in his brain like a light bulb, Oh Shit, Those guys really hate us and wish to kill and maim us!
"What my Aunt Nell would call a Jap Slapped dose of hard reality upside the head" moment.
Hagel probably said or heard said those chilling words, "I am glad it wasn't a dirty bomb" laced with chemicals from some arsenal in Libya. How many of those MANPADS got loose in Libya?
Delivered in Mexico, loaded on trucks and smuggled by Mexican's into areas around airports and air bases nation wide.
So That's why Obama was so ginned up on High Speed rail! Nothing will fly after just one mass casualty event involving a domestic airliner and a MANPAD until the situation has been made safe, if ever.
Sucks. To. Be. Us.

Posted by: obsidian at April 20, 2013 12:58 PM

3 Oh no it will probably be the first thing that obama (the dogshit prez) and his marxist circus claim WILL be DEACTIVATED --- afttr all its not them doing the deactivation - its those republican extremists trying to get everyone murdered....

Posted by: twingeffs at April 21, 2013 08:31 AM

4 #2 well when it eventually happens (and it will the way obama's negligence is leaving this country vulnurable) that it will be lots of libtards that will get killed (national lefty press dont care a speck of shit about small town america and lefty bastions are big cities).

Unfortunately people dying because they were ignorant enough to believe democrats lies and put this affirmative action worse-than-useless clown into office ....

Posted by: twingeffs at April 21, 2013 08:36 AM






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