CBRN specialists conduct training exercise at Camp Kinser

Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense specialists with the 3rd Marine Logistics Group conducted training exercises on March 18 at Camp Kinser in Japan for CBRN readiness.

The Marines trained to rehearse standard operating procedures, increase mission readiness and prepare for proper responses to CBRN scenarios.

"This training prepared the Marines as if they were deployed," Chief Warrant Officer Derek Williams, a CBRN officer with G-3, said. "With this realistic type training, we are able to ensure the Marines are trained and working up to the standards set for them."

The scenario consisted of several stages and the Marines executed all procedures for a real-world CBRN attack. The Marines identified and neutralized the hazardous materials and chemicals and extracted and decontaminated victims from the contaminated area.

"Our primary mission here is to extract the causalities," Gunnery Sgt. Aaron Kingstad, the CBRN staff noncommissioned officer with G-3, said. "Once the casualties have been removed, we go in to mitigate and clean up the area in order to prevent any further contamination."

Kingstad said the training was helpful for the Marines, enabling them to see the complete spectrum of their job from setup to mitigation and cleanup.

"This was a good experience for me and all of the Marines," Lance Cpl. Christina R. Patten, a CBRN defense specialist with G-3, said. "The most enjoyable part of this for me was getting to set up the scenario with the Marines, as well as play a part in it."

Williams said the training keeps both the trainers and the trainees better prepared for CBRN incidents.

"This kind of training is very perishable," Williams said. "It is important to practice in order to keep it fresh in the Marines' heads."