|CommanderCOL Dirk Erickson|
The 61st is critical to command and control of state activations. As a state with a disproportionate amount of emergency response needs, Louisiana’s civil authorities rely on the unit for defense support. The role of Homeland Security has been one of the most important functions of the guard since the attacks of September 11, 2001. The 62nd Civil Support Team specializes in preparing and responding to domestic threats, including chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high yield explosives.