Chemical Battalion trains for CBRNE elimination

A Soldier from the 22nd Chemical Battalion trains for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive elimination operations on Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, Feb. 26 – March 6. | Courtesy of the U.S. Army
The 22nd Chemical Battalion completed training operations in the elimination and disposal of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNE) agents on March 6.

Training took place at Fort A.P. Hill because the facility is able to replicate realistic situations that allow CBRNE mission scenarios to be performed.

“Fort A.P. Hill is ideal because it is within driving distance of the battalion, has weapon qualification ranges, large training areas and unique Military Operations on Urbanized Terrain sites,” Maj. Vance Brunner, operations officer of the 22nd Chemical Battalion, said.

The battalion is based at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland under the 20th CBRNE Command. According to the report, this is the only unit that handles global CBRNE threats within the Department of Defense.

Training at the facility covered many different threat types, including the handling of weapons of mass destruction. A winter snowstorm added to the testing, and even though it shut down local facilities, the battalion was able to train in the harsh conditions. Lt. Col. Eric Towns is the commanding officer of the battalion and expressed the importance of being able to perform in multiple conditions.

“In order to be globally responsive, you have to be able to execute your wartime mission in a variety of conditions,” Towns said. “The Soldiers of the Guardian Battalion truly displayed their mental and physical toughness as they sustained operations on the Weapons of Mass Destruction sites through sleet, snow, hail and rain.”