Marines and army conduct joint CBRN exercise

Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense units from the U.S. Marines and the U.S. Army recently participated in Exercise Joint Force Denial, held in Beaufort, North Carolina.

CBRN specialists from the 2nd Marine Logistics Group collaborated with their U.S. Army equivalents from the 42nd Civil Support Team to search and control a possibly contaminated abandoned school during the exercise.

The marines and army units may have to cooperate with other agencies in case of an emergency, so the training was seen as a good means of testing both units ability to work as a cohesive group.

"We wanted to integrate the Marines with the different services," Gunnery Sergeant Brian Malcolm, the CBRN chief for Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd MLG, said. "In case of emergencies we can support [the 42nd CST], so we need to know how to work with them. We need to be on the same page with them when working together."

In extreme heat conditions, the marines, soldiers and an airman safely cleared six rooms in the school together.

Sergeant Steven D. Potts, a Marines CBRN specialist with CLR-27, said that the exercise ran smoothly, in part, because the units share a common knowledge of the equipment they operate, as well as a shared set of military terminology.