Team combats weapons of mass destruction

National Guardsmen dressed in gear for entry into a building. / Jessica Fairley

A highly skilled team trained to deal with weapons of mass destruction showed off their talents in Dougherty County Thursday at the Albany Marine Corps Logistics Base.

Local leaders were invited to witness the mock scenario.

The Georgia 4th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team which consists of 22 active Army and National Guard personnel is skilled in addressing Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) threats.

"When you think CBRN it could be everything from zombies to everything as mutated or disfigured as an animal or a person," said Major Sam Roberts, Deputy Commander of the team.

Roberts says what's abnormal to the everyday man is everyday life for these investigators.

In the mock scenario, Dougherty County officials got a personal view of how the Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team works.

"They're meticulous and they take a lot of time with it. So I've never seen the actual entry before," said Chief Jackie Battle, Dougherty County Police Department.

The team of skilled professionals was recently called to test for Ricin and within a matter of hours they produced results.

"That specific incident, it was a credible threat and it was determined that it was of course sourced," said Major Roberts.

Dougherty County leaders say inside knowledge of how the crew works gives them confidence in case there is a threat.

The team is stationed in Marietta, Georgia.

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