‘Dreadnaughts’ conduct hands-on CBRN training
Sgt. Greg Scully, tank gunner, Co. C, 2nd Bn., 34th Armor Regt., goes step-by-step teaching each level of Mission Oriented Protective Posture with Soldiers of HHC, 2nd Bn., 34th Armor Regt. Aug. 27 at the CBRN training site, Fort Riley. Photo by: Sgt. Kerry Lawson, 1ST ABCT.
Story by: Sgt. Kerry Lawson, 1ABCT PUBLIC AFFAIRS
Soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division pushed the battalion through chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear training Aug. 27 at the CBRN training site, Fort Riley.
The "Dreadnaughts" first participated in a more than four-mile road march from their battalion headquarters to the training site.
The Soldiers learned how to use the M8 and M9 chemical agent detection papers; properly don the Joint Service Lightweight Integrated Suit Technology, or JSLIST NBC suit; react to a chemical attack; and go through the gas chamber.
"We're here to teach these Soldiers more in depth, hands-on training of how to properly wear the (JSLIST NBC suit) step-by-step," said Sgt. Gabriel Hutt, tank commander, Company C, 2nd Bn., 34th Armor Regt. "They will also learn that they need to be able to give the alert sign of 'gas, gas, gas' and put their M40 pro-mask on in nine seconds or less."
Hutt said Soldiers need to bear in mind that after the alert, they still need to take off their helmets and hang it on their weapon, which is placed between their legs.
The troops were timed to see if they could get the mask on in the nine seconds. If unable to, that Soldier would become a mock casualty that would have to be evacuated 300meters away on a litter to the designated rally point.
"I hope what these Soldiers take from today's training is confidence and (the) ability in knowing the procedures and knowing how to react to a chemical attack," Hutt said.
The unit aimed to get its 870 Soldiers through the training in three days.
"This is my first time since boot camp over a year ago," said Pfc. Richard Bush, tank driver, Company D, 2nd Bn., 34th Armor Regt. "I'm glad that we're getting more indepth training today."
"It's good to be part of a team because in the gas chamber, everyone suffers," said Sgt. Edward Grant, CBRN noncommissioned officer in charge, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment.
Grant said doing the CBRN training enables the Soldiers to refresh their skills.
"This type of training needs to be refreshed because we never know when we'll need it," Grant said.
The chamber was tough, Bush said, but he is glad he made it through and completed the training.