|Chemical units under the command of the 335th Signal
Command (Theater), East Point, Ga., conducted Chemical, Biological,
Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) exercises at Fort McCoy during Exercise Red
Dragon 2012 in June. Approximately 2,300 troops participated in the Fort
McCoy portion of the exercise.
Soldiers with the 453rd Inland
Cargo Transportation Company from Houston move a 20-foot cargo
container during Exercise Red Dragon 2012 at Fort McCoy.
(Photo by 1st Lt. Eric Connor)
Red Dragon is an annual CBRN-driven exercise, using Army Reserve
chemical units to respond, assess, and decontaminate mass casualties.
Realistic disaster scenarios, developed in coordination with local first
responders and authorities as well as civilian medical personnel, took
place at Fort McCoy and across Wisconsin, including Sparta, and in
Atlanta, and in Lake Forest (Chicago-area), Ill.
The 323rd, 342nd and 379th Chemical Companies, under the 472nd Chemical
Battalion moved from Forward Operating Base Liberty June 1 at Fort McCoy
to the Chicago area. The units responded to a simulated radiological
event where Grainger headquarters in Lake Forest was attacked by a van
that had 10,000 tons of explosives that blew up and spread a chemical
and radiological cloud around the area.
The 450th Chemical Battalion and its down-trace units conducted the same
exercise in the Atlanta area.
The 450th down-trace units responded to CBRN attacks during the course
of the exercise.
The 453rd, 468th, 472nd, and the 490th Chemical Battalions also
performed small reconnaissance and decontamination missions around the
Fort McCoy area.
At Warrens Drop Zone, located at Fort McCoy, the 472nd deployed the
379th Chemical Heavy to do a reconnaissance mission and search for
simulated biological contaminants in the air with its Biological
Identification/Detection System units.
(Submitted by 335th Signal Command (Theater) Public Affairs Office, East