Unpleasant training reinforces CBRN training skills for 45th Sust. Bde.

| April 14, 2011 | 0 Comments
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Teresa Harris, 45th Sust. Bde., 8th TSC, breaks the seal of her mask in the mask confidence chamber during the brigade’s annual CBRN training. (Photos by Sgt. Chris Huddleston | 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command)

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Teresa Harris, 45th Sust. Bde., 8th TSC, breaks the seal of her mask in the mask confidence chamber during the brigade’s annual CBRN training. (Photos by Sgt. Chris Huddleston | 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command)

Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Garcia
45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Some unpleasant training reinforced crucial chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear skills, here, March 28-31.

Soldiers of 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command, conducted their annual CBRN training, here, to instill confidence in the brigade’s CBRN equipment and in the individual Soldier’s ability to react to CBRN threats.

Instructors spent a full day training Soldiers from every company within the brigade. Half of the day was spent evaluating Soldiers on CBRN skills.

Training included reacting to a CBRN attack, administering self and buddy first aid, conducting unit decontamination, using the M256 decontamination kit and donning Joint Service Lightweight Integrated Suit technology. Then, Soldiers would enter the mask confidence chamber and perform wartime missions under simulated conditions.

The experience was the first time many Soldiers had entered the mask confidence chamber since basic training.

“You can see the glare in their eyes,” said Staff Sgt. Herminio Medina, noncommissioned officer, 45th Sust. Bde. “They just want to bulldoze you out of the door.”

However, at the end of the training, 45th Sust. Bde. Soldiers felt prepared for their wartime mission, and they said they felt confident that their equipment would not fail them.

Soldiers from 45th Sust. Bde., 8th TSC, line up to enter the mask confidence chamber at Schofield Barracks during their annual CBRN training.

For many, it was the first time they’ve entered the chamber since basic training.“I feel like I beat the gas chamber,” said Spc. Erin Warden, 40th Quartermaster Co., 45th Sust. Bde. “You learn to trust your mask.”

 

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