Bronco CBRN warriors compete for best

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Capt. Pete Aching, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Soldiers from 3rd BCT, 25th ID, employ CBRN detection assets during the Bronco CBRN Warrior Competition at Area X,  Feb. 19.

Soldiers from 3rd BCT, 25th ID, employ CBRN detection assets during the Bronco CBRN Warrior Competition at Area X,  Feb. 19.

Story by Sgt. Brian C. Erickson
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division
Photos by Capt. Pete L. Ahching Jr., 3rd BCT

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, recently competed in the first-ever 3rd BCT Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Warrior Competition at Area X, here.

“Being able to actually do my MOS (military occupation specialty) and being away from the office environment is what I enjoyed about the competition,” said Staff Sgt. Farrah S.L. Burley, CBRN noncommissioned officer, 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd BCT, 25th ID.

The competition was broken down into several phases. Each Soldier had to complete a series of tactical lanes involving standard CBRN tasks pulled straight from the technical manual.

After completing the three individual lanes, they had to complete a 6 mile ruck march with a total weight surpassing 35 pounds in their rucks.

During the ruck march, the competitors faced a daunting task that would test their resolve; each Soldier had to suit up into full CBRN protective gear (MOPP Level 4), go through the gas chamber and then continue the ruck march.

“The hardest part for me was ruck marching for over 6 miles and donning the CBRN protection gear to react to chemical attacks along the way,” said Capt. Pete L. Ahching Jr., CBRN officer, 3rd BCT.

After the march, the Soldiers were given a knowledge test that turned out to be tougher than some thought it would be.

“The hardest part of the competition was the exam, to be honest,” said Burley. “I don’t know if it was a trick on words, but the questions I thought I definitely knew, I didn’t.”

As soon as the test was complete, competitors headed to the last event where they had to evacuate a casualty wearing all protective gear.

To conclude the competition, 3rd BCT leaders Col. Brian S. Eifler and Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Johnson held an awards ceremony with trophies for the 1st and 2nd place winners.

Staff Sgt. Farrah S.L. Burley, 3-7th FA, receives the trophy for being the best CBRN warrior. Burley is flanked by Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Johnson (left) and Col. Brian S. Eifler, 3rd BCT.

Staff Sgt. Farrah S.L. Burley, 3-7th FA, receives the trophy for being the best CBRN warrior. Burley is flanked by Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Johnson (left) and Col. Brian S. Eifler, 3rd BCT.

Winners

The following CBRN warriors emerged victorious:

•1st place, Staff Sgt. Farrah S.L. Burley, 3-7th FA Regt., and

•2nd place, 1st Lt. William Sanborn, 3-4th Cav. Regt.

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