Fort Polk brigade to provide WMD response nationwide

An Army Brigade at Fort Polk will be given the responsibility to provide aid anywhere in the United States should the country be attacked with weapons of mass destruction.
The "transfer of authority" ceremony on Friday will celebrate the 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade at the Louisiana base being assigned the duty. The 1st MEB will take over the task from the 4th MEB, located at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, the Town Talk reports.
"Fort Polk's 1st MEB assumes the Department of Defense...Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) Response Force," a statement from Fort Polk said, according to the Town Talk. "Its mission: to save lives, mitigate human suffering, and facilitate recovery operations in support of civil authorities following a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear disaster."
The response force will operate under the command of civilian authorities in the event of an attack.
Fort Polk was established in 1941 and was named in the honor of Right Reverend Leonidas Polk, the first Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of Louisiana and a Confederate general. On March 12, 1993, Fort Polk officially became the home of the Joint Readiness Training Center. The facility currently provides contingency training for the Army's light infantry and special operations forces. The installation has more than $300 million invested in new construction and renovation projects scheduled over the next several years.