Illinois National Guard members now make up a terrorism response force.
Homeland Security director Tom Ridge was here in Illinois to commend Illinois for being one of the first of 12 states to have this unit.
Incase of a weapons of mass destruction incident this is one more weapon in Illinois' homeland defense arsenal.
Army and Air Guard units are all trained in chemical decontamination and medical triage.
Specialized urban search and rescue is the next phase of training.