News: CBRN Defense Course
Story by Staff Sgt. Meillettis Patton
FORT POLK, La. – Soldiers in 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade maintain their tasks and skills through training like the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Defense Course held July 15 - 26 at Fort Polk’s Education Center. This 80-hour CBRN course focuses on protection, detection, reconnaissance against chemical agents. During the course, 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Soldiers learned types of equipment, they would deal with during a CBRN event, decontamination techniques, warnings, reporting, fundamentals of radiation, CBRN room operations and manual plotting of a chemical attack in a classroom environment.
During the classroom training, soldiers learned to don their chemical suits and masks. They then gathered training aids for hands-on training in the wooded area outside the Education Center to practice the techniques they learned in the classroom.
They use the improved chemical agent detector and joint chemical agent detector and conduct a CBRN Recon, using the M291 skin decontamination kit.
The students also conducted a mission oriented position posture, or MOPP gear exchange.