Staff Sgt. Zach Martin, a member of the Utah National Guard 85th Weapons of Mass Destruction–Civil Support Team, uses a Joint Chemical Agent Detector while conducting Joint Hazard Assessment Team operations in the NFL Experience, on the days leading up to Super Bowl LVII, in downtown Phoenix, Arizona, Feb. 7, 2023.
SALT LAKE CITY — For the second year in a row, the Utah National Guard will have a presence at the Super Bowl. Utah’s 85th Weapons of Mass Destruction–Civil Support Team is currently on scene in Las Vegas, Nevada. Selected members of the 85th deployed last week to support Super Bowl LVIII by participating in Joint Hazard Assessment Teams which provides public safety support at multiple venues in the Las Vegas area.
In total there are seven CST’s supporting the events with other teams from Nevada, Alabama, California, Montana, North Carolina, and Oregon.
Lt. Col. Rob Dent, commander of the 85th CST said that large events like the Super Bowl are challenging. The game is actually just a very small part of what they do. There are very complex operations with multiple venues across many days.
“This type of mission requires speed and adaptability in order to sweep venues and still be on standby for emergencies,” Lt. Col. Rob Dent explained. “The 85th CST joins seven other CSTs in the Las Vegas area and will be providing field chemical and radiation detection capability as well as advanced mobile laboratory support.”
Collectively, the teams are commanded by Lt. Col. Jami Cavins, commander of the 92nd Weapons of Mass Destruction–Civil Support Team, Nevada National Guard. The mission of the CST is to support civil authorities with Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear–Weapons of Mass Destruction capabilities including mission command, on-site tactical operations (active air sampling, sample collection, field-hazard analysis, analytical and communication support), and Joint Hazard Assessment Team operations at multiple venues in the Las Vegas area.
The week leading up to the Super Bowl LVIII is full of activities including the opening ceremonies, NFL experience, multiple concerts, and the Super Bowl itself at Allegiant Stadium. Attendance at this year’s Super Bowl is expected to be the largest crowd attending a Super Bowl.
The Utah National Guard is a premier, community-based force comprised of relevant and trained citizen-Soldiers and Airmen who are ready to support contingency operations worldwide.