Battelle to offer CBRN training to guardsmen in Columbus, Ohio

Battelle is now offering U.S. National Guard Civil Support Teams advanced applied-science courses in Columbus, Ohio.

Battelle has been training CSTs in chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear response tactics since 2007. Its current contract, which is worth up to $18 million, was signed in 2010. In the past, the organization has offered somewhat similar training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, according to

Every state's National Guard has a Civil Support team trained to respond to terrorist attacks or other disasters. They are usually on standby at major events in order to advise police and emergency-management officials in case of an incident.

The new program lasts five weeks from start to finish, but attendees are also allowed to take individual subjects if need be. For the first two weeks, participants take classes in biological warfare and bioterrorism. Three weeks of chemistry and radioactivity follow.

"The commanders of the teams may or may not have a science background," Lt. Col. Michael Harlow, the commander of the Mississippi National Guard CST, said, reports. "This is a refresher."

Tina Jay, a Battelle research scientist and biology instructor, said that the guardsmen really need some type of applied science training in order to do their jobs effectively, especially when it comes to communicating properly with other troops or medical experts.