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ByJanice K. Merrill

Feb 25, 2022

Langley personnel gathered for a chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear exercise Feb. 17, 2022, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.

“The CBRN exercise we participated in today is one of many annual readiness training requirements,” said U.S. Army Col. Harry Hung, vice commander of the 633d Air Base Wing. “In this particular case, we wanted to form a scenario with our US Postal Service and test a new command and control platform and its ability to integrate with existing systems used by members of our crisis response team. , emergency operations center personnel and first responders in the field.

In addition to improving the integration of command and control functions, exercises such as these aim to prepare personnel to survive in a compromised environment and to mitigate the effects of a CBRN attack.

“Training is important because Airmen [need to] have the knowledge to protect themselves in the event of a CBRN attack, especially in today’s world and the CBRN capabilities of different adversaries,” said Tech. sergeant. Lauren Yancey, 633d Civil Engineer Squadron, NCO in charge of emergency management.

A typical CBRN training is divided into three parts. The first concerns CBRN risks, personal protective equipment and response to attacks. This part focuses on CBRN hazards such as chemical or biological agents and the effects of radiation. Second, students are taken through an inspection of their M50 gas mask and protective gear, followed by instructions regarding preparedness, response, and recovery actions in the event of an attack. Finally, students complete individual and team performance-based goals that are assessed by the instructor.

“If we didn’t train on that, a lot of people could get hurt,” said Senior Airman Dexter Poole, the 633rd Civil Engineer Squadron’s emergency officer. “It’s vital that we practice the things we do downstream because if those skills are forgotten it could cost someone their life.”

During the CBRN exercise evaluation, the 633d Fire Department, 633d Emergency Medical Services, 633d Civil Engineers and 633d Security Forces showed up at a staged “crime scene” , in which the members performed under pressure and executed several safety protocols and procedures. After the exercise was completed, members were briefed on their performance as a team, as well as individual guidance to adapt to the situation of a real event.

“I’m proud of our team and how well they performed, accomplishing all the goals set for us,” Hung said. “We will continue to train in scenarios like these to ensure the safety of our Airmen, Soldiers, mission partners and families who call JBLE home.”