The Civil Support Team provides security at various sporting events and assists with law enforcement.
CAMP MURRAY, Wash. — A Washington National Guard team will participate in Major League Baseball’s 2023 All-Star festival in Seattle on July 11.
Members of the Guard’s 10th Civilian Support Team will not be in the field, but they will assist local agencies to help keep the game and the events leading up to it safe.
Team leader, Lieutenant Colonel Tyler Royster, said: “We are an all-hazard team.
Royster said his team of 22 assists local agencies with presidential visits, suspicious equipment calls and potentially hazardous materials calls.
In March, the team helped Thurston County detectives investigate a series of fentanyl overdoses at the county jail.
“We don’t roll out on our own, we don’t show up unannounced,” says Royster. “It was an incoming request.”
He said their team members will assist with communications and provide air quality sensors to identify potential gas leaks, natural or otherwise, in and around T-Mobile Park.
It is the same job as Staff Sgt. Jordan Cowart has been to Seahawks games in the past.
He describes sporting events as “fun” missions.
“Sometimes you can see what’s going on. If it’s a Seahawks game, you can watch a little bit,” Cowart said. “But the purpose we are there for is more important than what other people are there for.”
The civil support team will also be working in the meantime NHL Winter Classic 2024 at T-Mobile January 1as well as working at Lumen Field during the 2026 World Cup.
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