|Story & photo by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
Soldiers in a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN)
training course at Regional Training Site (RTS)-Maintenance at Fort
McCoy learned procedures to survive in a CBRN environment and how to
serve as a training resource for their organization.
Soldiers in a Chemical,
Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Conventional Weapons class
check the fit of their protective masks during a training
Sgt. 1st Class James Pratt, 3rd Battalion, 104th Regiment, 3rd
Brigade (CM) senior instructor, said the two-week course expands on
information Soldiers learn during basic training or advanced individual
training, but does not lead to military occupational specialty
qualification. Those completing the course can act as their unit’s
chemical officer or noncommissioned officer, he said.
“The person who goes through this training can help ensure Army
standards are met, such as meeting the JSLIST (Joint Service Lightweight
Integrated Suit Technology) standards to wear their MOPP
(mission-oriented, protective-posture) gear,” Pratt said.
The knowledge is especially valuable for Soldiers facing deployment, he
said. In addition to basic information about CBRN, the course teaches
how to change MOPP gear and survive in a contaminated environment.
1st Lt. Richard Branson of the Missouri Army National Guard, a recent
student in the class, said the information and handouts will reinforce
the CBRN tasks and the training will be incorporated into teaching unit
Soldiers common or warrior task training.
“This situation could happen to us at any time,” Branson said. “It’s
good to know the safe, emergency actions to take.”
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