National Guard CERF-P Medical unit becomes independent

The Pennsylvania National Guard said on Thursday that Lt. Col. Julie Carpenter conducted the first commander's call for the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package Medical Unit at Fort Indiantown Gap.

The CERF-P Medical is a newly independent unit, and part of the 193rd Special Operations Medical Group. The new unit has 19 members, and will become a full-scale medical operation squadron when it reaches 45 members.

Members of CERF-P are trained to be first responders to natural and man made disasters involving chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive threats. The unit is able to respond on its own or as part of a regional brigade-level Homeland Response Force.

Fort Indiantown Gap trains more than 100,000 National Guard soldiers annually, and is one of the busiest training facilities in the country. The base was first used as a training facility in 1933, and was an active U.S. Army training facility during World War II.

The facility contains many training complexes, including the FTIG Range Complex, which holds small arms ranges, machine gun ranges, indirect fires systems and vehicle-mounted weapons systems.

Fort Indiantown Gap has received a number of awards from the Department of Defense, Army and National Guard Bureau for its environmental stewardship.