U.S. Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) got an in-depth look at the CDP during a visit June 29. 

Jones first received an in-depth briefing on the CDP’s mission and its daily contributions to the nation’s readiness and resilience. The Senator then got to see that mission in action by touring the CDP’s Noble Training Facility and watching 140 students take part in a mass casualty and decontamination exercise.  

The Senator also got to see some of the CDP’s Federal partners in action, as 40 of the students participating in the exercise were from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Disaster Medical System (NDMS). CDP hosts NDMS courses several times a year, preparing HHS teams of medical care specialists to deploy to disasters and emergencies and provide services in conditions that are often austere and challenging. 

During a meeting with Center senior leaders, the senator said there’s a large list of ways in which the state of Alabama contributes to our nation’s security, adding, “This (the CDP) is one of those remarkable gems.”  

Later that day, in remarks at the Calhoun County (AL) Chamber of Commerce, Jones added the Center is not important for just the city of Anniston (and Alabama), “… but the entire country.”