Gov. Sonny Perdue announced today the Defense Department chose Georgia as the home base for one of 10 homeland response forces being formed nationwide.
About 570 Georgia Guard troops will form the Southeast team and will train for rapid response to attacks from chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons.
The team is scheduled to be operational by 2012 and will be based at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta.
The Georgia-based team's response area also includes Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky.