National Guard conducts disaster response exercise at Disaster City and RELLIS Campus

3/28/2017 12:00 AM

COLLEGE STATION - Joint Task Force 136 of the Texas National Guard is conducting a large-scale simulated disaster response training exercise this week at the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) Disaster City® in College Station, and the Texas A&M RELLIS Campus in Bryan, in order to certify their Homeland Response Force mission. Approximately 600 military personnel are participating in the response to a mock explosion with dispersion of a radioactive agent at Disaster City. RELLIS Campus will house the Brigade Headquarters during the weeklong exercise.


This is the second time that Joint Task Force 136 (Maneuver Enhancement Brigade) has conducted a disaster response training exercise at TEEX. These specialized National Guard personnel are equipped to handle emergency response needs, such as extraction, decontamination and medical triage. As a military outfit, JTF-136 (MEB) functions entirely at the request of and in support of its civilian counterparts such as fire and police departments.


The Homeland Response Force mission bridges the gap between civilian first responders and military support personnel in  the event of disasters, both manmade or natural, and covers all of FEMA Region VI, which incorporates Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas.


This training exercise, conducted March 25-31, is the official National Guard Bureau (NGB)-mandated certification necessary for the brigade to continue the Homeland Response Force mission for another three years. As this is an external evaluation, the validating entity, Joint Interagency Training and Education Center (JITEC), is a non-NGB organization qualified to assess the effectiveness of the Guardsmen in their life-saving tasks.


About the Texas Military Department

The mission of the Texas Military Department (TMD) is to provide the Governor and the President with ready and trained forces in support of the citizens of Texas and State and Federal civil/military authorities at home and abroad. The Texas Military Department is commanded by the Adjutant General of Texas, the state's senior military official appointed by the governor, and is comprised of the Texas Military Department (formerly the Adjutant General's Department), the Texas Army National Guard (TXARNG), the Texas Air National Guard (TXANG), the Texas State Guard (TXSG) and the Domestic Operations Command (DOMOPS). For more information about the Texas Military Department, visit


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TEEX is an internationally recognized leader in the delivery of emergency response, homeland security, workforce training and exercises, technical assistance, product testing and economic development. Last year, TEEX served more than 168,000 people from every U.S. state and territory and 82 countries worldwide. TEEX makes a difference by providing training, developing practical solutions, and saving lives. For more information about TEEX, visit


For more information, contact:

1st Lt. Chad Bell, JTF-136 (MEB) Public Information Office

512-568-7645; email


Kathy Fraser, TEEX Marketing & Communications

979-458-6837; email


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