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    20th CBRNE Command Certifies JTF-E

    CTJF-E Certifies

    Photo By Lt. Col. Ryan Donald | Soldiers from the 20th CBRNE Command conduct operations during the certification of...... read more read more



    Story by Maj. Ryan Donald 

    20th CBRNE Command

    YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea - The 20th CBRNE Command (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives) certified as Joint Task Force-Elimination during Exercise Ulchi Freedom Guardian in South Korea, Aug. 22 – Sep. 1.

    During Ulchi Freedom Guardian, the command operated as a Combined Joint Task Force-Elimination under Eighth Army, the US Army’s top operational command in the Republic of Korea (ROK). Korean Army soldiers from the Chemical, Biological, Radiological Defense Command; The U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency; the US Army Reserve 415th Chemical Brigade from Greenville, South Carolina; the US Army Reserve Consequence Management Unit from Abingdon, Maryland and US Air Force and Navy service members comprised the combined joint task force.
    The Fort Hood, Texas-based 48th CBRN Brigade trained with the US/ROK Combined 2nd Infantry Division, the US Army’s only permanently forward deployed combat division, and the only combined division.

    “This certification as the Joint Task Force-Elimination demonstrates the ability of the 20th CBRNE Command to deploy and execute counter weapons of mass destruction mission anywhere and at anytime,” said Brig. Gen. William E. King IV, commander, 20th CBRNE Command. “More importantly this exercise series provides one of the few opportunities for our Active and Reserve CBRN and EOD units to train together with our ROK CBRDC ally.”

    The 20th CBRNE Command certified as Joint Task Force-Elimination last in 2009.

    As the U.S. Defense Department's only multifunctional formation that combats CBRNE threats, the 20th CBRNE Command trains and operates with joint, interagency and allied partners around the globe.

    King said the ability of 20th CBRNE Command and the other US organizations to quickly flow in and integrate with the ROK CBRDC demonstrates the strength of the CJTF-E and the US-ROK Alliance.

    "The 20th CBRNE Command has a long-standing relationship with our Korean ally," said King. "As we look across the world, we have no stronger ally; we have a common goal and objective to eliminate the threat of weapons of mass destruction.”

    According to the Army Field Manual 3-94, the CBRNE operational headquarters is a Department of Defense’s deployable headquarters for directing operational level elimination of WMD. The CBRNE operational headquarters is a multifunctional headquarters consisting of CBRN; explosive ordnance disposal (EOD); and nuclear, intelligence, signal and medical specialists. The headquarters can be tailored and task-organized based on the mission and situation. The CBRNE operational headquarters’ operational command post can also serve as a joint task force (JTF) headquarters for elimination of WMD.

    Serving on 19 posts in 16 states, 20th CBRNE Soldiers and civilians train and operate with allied, interagency and joint partners to counter the world's most dangerous weapons.



    Date Taken: 09.01.2016
    Date Posted: 09.12.2016 17:15
    Story ID: 209352
    Location: SEOUL, 11, KR 

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