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    US Marines, Spanish soldiers train in chemical warfare defense

    Chemical Disposal Exercise

    Courtesy Photo | U.S. Marines with SPMAGTF-CR-AF, and Spanish soldiers from the 12th Bridge and...... read more read more

    MORÓN AIR BASE, Spain – U.S. Marines comprised mainly of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) defense specialists trained with the Spanish soldiers to enhance existing chemical warfare defense skills.

    The main focus of the exercise was disarming chemical weapons, testing and sampling chemical agents, protecting and decontaminating personnel and equipment from potential exposure to hazardous materials, and site analysis and evidence collection in contaminated environments. The training took place in Paterna, Spain, from Oct. 27 to Oct. 31, 2014.

    “It was a great experience working with the Spanish soldiers, rehearsing our procedures and learning about how they approach chemical disposal,” said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Kristopher Hoversten, a CBRN defense officer with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa. “Training exercises like these are important to us. They help strengthen our relationship with Spain, and as NATO allies they allow us to work together in the future during a real world mission.”

    Postured in Morón Air Base, Spain, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa often conducts military-to-military training with the Spanish military helping each other prepare and improve their skills, readying both militaries to face any future challenges to include missions that deter threats or support humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.



    Date Taken: 10.31.2014
    Date Posted: 11.06.2014 17:03
    Story ID: 147251
    Location: PATERNA, ES 

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