Seventy-first Chemical Company earns CBRN certification in Oahu

The 71st Chemical Company, 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command earned its certification to deploy overseas after participating in a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear exercise in Hawaii last week.

The unit took part in the test between June 17 and June 22 in Oahu to determine if it was ready for deployment. As part of the exercise, the unit responded to a maritime CBRN threat on June 20 in which a ship was unable to dock as a result of a chemical leak. The unit needed to extract many of the crew members on board and take them to safety.

"You try to find a location where the soldiers are safe but also not (too) far to accomplish their mission," Daphne Thomas, a sergeant 1st class with the unit, said. "And then you need to establish your roles."

The responders set their roles along with members of the 93rd Civil Support Team, Hawaii National Guard and a hazmat unit from Joint Base Hickam-Pearl Harbor. The teams battled the heat, the narrow pathways of the ship and the difficulties of a chemical environment. The units successfully identified the leak and extracted the crew members.

"We are confident in the maritime mission," Thomas said. "We are ready to do any kind of consequence management, we are trained for any mission."