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First-of-its-kind facility for Connecticut National Guard team

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WWLP) The Connecticut National Guard broke ground Tuesday on a new readiness facility. The $10 million building- which houses the Connecticut National Guard s Civil Support Team at Camp Hartell in Windsor Locks- will be the first of its kind in the United States. The CST is a highly-specialized unit dedicated to providing support to authorities for domestic threats involving high explosives and nuclear dangers. The unit consists of 22 members, both of the Connecticut Air National Guard and the Connecticut Army National Guard. The CST was created about 10 years ago, and they have outgrown their current facility.

The Civil Support Team is relatively new, last 10-11 years. When they were fielded, we put them into existing buildings, which didn t exactly meet their needs perfectly. This is actually the first nationwide purpose-built facility for the Civil Support Team, so Connecticut is kind of leading the way, Lt. Col. Ben Neumon of the Connecticut National Guard said.

Camp Hartell is made up of old World War II-era buildings, but over the past several years, they have been renovating the facility to meet their current needs.

The CST does help out when they are needed in other states. They were at the Boston Marathon on Monday, for instance, where they were assisting with security.

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