Joint Task Force 50 in position to support county government

With members of the National Guard in the foreground, volcanic gases rise from active fissures in lower Puna on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)
JOHN BURNETT/Hawaii Tribune-Herald Brig. Gen. Kenneth Hara, commander of Joint Task Force 50, meets the media Wednesday in front of a building at Keaukaha Military Reservation named after his father, Lt. Col. Henry S. Hara. To his left is Lt. Col. John Ishikawa, acting deputy commander of task force National Guard forces, and to his right is Col. Dan Williamson, deputy commander of federal military forces.

The man tabbed by Gov. David Ige to command a task force comprised of National Guard and active-duty military in case the Kilauea volcano lava crisis becomes too much for civilian authorities said Wednesday that planning is underway in the event a large-scale response becomes necessary.