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    Jordan, US target microscopic threats

    Jordan, U.S. target microscopic threats

    Photo By Sgt. 1st Class SHAIYLA HAKEEM | U.S. Army Soldiers, with Charlie Troop, 1st Squadron, 303rd Cavalry Regiment, 96th...... read more read more

    JOINT TRAINING CENTER, Jordan - Adversaries are not always detectable by the human eye. They sometimes take the form of stealthy microns, traveling silently with the speed and direction of the wind.

    “Gas, gas, gas!”

    In preparation for unexpected chemical agent exposures, U.S. Army Soldiers, with Charlie (C) Troop, 1st Squadron, 303rd Cavalry Regiment (1-303 CAV), 96th Troop Command (96 TC), Washington Army National Guard (WAARNG), partnered with Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army (JAF) Chemical Support Unit (CSU) instructors for a Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Subject Matter Expert Exchange (SMEE) at Joint Training Center-Jordan in November.

    The SMEE, sponsored by the Jordan Operational Engagement Program (JOEP), spanned over three weeks focusing on CBRN safety tactics including proper use of the M4 series lightweight service mask, the joint service lightweight integrated suite technology, and characteristic identifications for someone who has been exposed to a chemical agent.

    According to U.S. Army Sgt. Christopher Robinson, CBRN noncommissioned officer for C Troop, 1-303 CAV, 96 TC, WAARNG, chemical threats are not always a planned nerve agent or mustard gas attack. CBRN hazards come in a variety of guises and varying methods of release. Soldiers must be ready and capable to conduct the full range of military operations to defeat all enemies regardless of the threats they pose, even chemical threats.

    “So even if you’re are not expecting a chemical attack, a VBIED [vehicle-borne improvised explosive device] or an IED [improvised explosive device] might actually set off toxic-industrial chemicals in the area,” explained Robinson, “It is important to know what gasses look like, the effects on the body, how to protect yourself and help your battle buddy.”

    Toxic chemical agents have diverse classifications and can be dispersed through various means such as rockets, land mines, missiles, bombs, spray tanks and other munitions. It can also be accidentally disseminated, not intended for chemical warfare, as in Ukraine’s 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant incident where their No. 4 nuclear reactor malfunctioned and went into meltdown mode. To date, that area is still contaminated with concentrated levels of radioactive waste, prohibiting residence and retrieval of personal items. Soldiers must be mission ready and knowledgeable enough to deal with any CBRN eventualities; as warfare tactics or as civil considerations.

    “It [training] allows us to go into areas, with confidence, knowing that we are able to take appropriate measures to get home safely,” said Robinson, “We don’t know what’s out there, but just because we don’t know, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t prepare for it.”

    According to JAF 1st Lt. Mothana Al Adwan, CSU instructor, being able to gauge and handle chemical agents are essential skillsets, especially because of recent events in the Middle East. He said the CBRN SMEE allowed for both countries to share their experiences and foster the best techniques and practices for different climates and terrains.

    “We learn from them and they will learn from us,” explained Al Adwan, “Like we are in the desert and you all [U.S. Soldiers] have been some place like the jungle.”

    The Army is optimizing for interoperability with all our allies and partners to strengthen alliances and deliver more effective coalition operations. The purpose of the JOEP is to partner and train with the JAF, conducting meaningful partnership training leading to promotion of stability and security in the region.



    Date Taken: 12.01.2019
    Date Posted: 12.01.2019 06:22
    Story ID: 353943
    Location: JO

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