TEEX participated in Unified Defense ’04 (UD-04), a national terrorism and weapons of mass destruction exercise sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Feb. 19-20.
UD-04 was the largest exercise in which Texas has ever participated. The exercise involved the U.S. Northern Command, and more than 50 federal, state and local organizations primarily in Canada and the states of Texas and Alaska.
“Its larger purpose was to exercise and review command and control relationships between state and federal governments, with a particular focus on the deployment of federal military forces within the United States, and the command and control of issues surrounding that deployment,” said Doug Rapé, program director of the exercise program for the National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC).
“NERRTC was asked to design and develop the Texas portion of this exercise,” he said. “We participated as the scenario developer and script’ writer for the state to ensure it accomplished its exercise goals.”
The exercise consisted of three scenarios: a Category 5 hurricane making landfall in Aransas County just north of Corpus Christi, a release of contaminated steam from the Comanche Peak Steam Electric Station in Glen Rose, and the detonation of a portable nuclear device near Cotulla.
TEEX’s Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) was responsible for making the scenario-based decision concerning the activation and deployment of swift water rescue teams and Texas Task Force 1 in response to the hurricane and nuclear device detonation incidents, said Bob Koenig, training coordinator for US&R.