News: CBRN specialists refresh response procedures
Story by Lance Cpl. Anne Henry
CAMP KINSER, Japan - Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense specialists with 3rd Marine Logistics Group conducted CBRN training March 18 at Camp Kinser.
The Marines took part in training to increase mission readiness and rehearse standard operating procedures and responses to CBRN scenarios.
“This training prepared the Marines as if they were deployed,” said Chief Warrant Officer Derek G. Williams, the CBRN officer in charge with G-3, operations and training, 3rd MLG, III Marine Expeditionary Force. “With this realistic type training, we are able to ensure the Marines are trained and working up to the standards set for them.”
The scenario-based training consisted of several stages, beginning with training on how to identify if an area was contaminated.
The Marines executed all the procedures for a real-world CBRN attack, including the identification and neutralization of hazardous materials and chemicals, as well as the extraction and decontamination of victims from the contaminated area.
“Our primary mission here is to extract the causalities,” said Gunnery Sgt. Aaron K. Kingstad, the CBRN staff noncommissioned officer in charge with G-3, 3rd MLG. “Once the casualties have been removed, we go in to mitigate and clean up the area in order to prevent any further contamination.”
The training was highly beneficial for the Marines, according to Kingstad. It allowed them to see the full spectrum of their job, from the initial set up to the mitigation and cleanup.
“This was a good experience for me and all of the Marines,” said Lance Cpl. Christina R. Patten, a CBRN defense specialist with G-3, 3rd MLG. “The most enjoyable part of this for me was getting to set up the scenario with the Marines, as well as play a part in it.”
CBRN training like this is an asset to 3rd MLG as well as III MEF, according to Williams. By providing the best training to the Marines, 3rd MLG is ultimately better prepared.
“This kind of training is very perishable,” said Williams. “It is important to practice in order to keep it fresh in the Marines’ heads.”