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Airmen tasked with search and recovery training

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ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- Officials confirmed Feb. 28 that the 139th Services Flight, Force Support Squadron (FSS), will take charge of the Fatality Search and Recovery Mission for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Region VII.

The Fatality Search and Recovery Team (FSRT) falls within the Missouri Homeland Response Forces package, which will aid in complimenting existing forces of about 18,000 Airmen and soldiers from the National Guard.

The FSRT is a FSS force element capable of deploying on a 28-hour notice in the reserve forces. It has a full range of military capabilities. The element supports civil authorities in support of search and recovery for human remains in response to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high yield explosive (CBRNE) incidents.

The team here will provide a higher level of search and recovery capabilities and will consist of 10 enlisted members and one officer, said Tech. Sgt. Lynne Henderson, Force Support Services manager. Manning will be pulled from the existing Services flight, which will have two missions.

Training and manning are among the challenges that FSS will face, Henderson said. There will be no additional manning provided but an equipment package is included, and Airmen will be required to take an extensive amount of computer-based training and in-residence classes here.

National Incident Management Systems and CBRNE training are included, and equipment is scheduled to arrive in the up-coming months.

"We will lean forward with training," said Henderson.