North Carolina marines conduct CBRN training

Members of the U.S. Marine Corps in North Carolina recently conducted their annual chemical, radiological, biological and nuclear defense training at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville.

The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit conducted its annual CBRN training on March 11. Marines must annually qualify with their CBRN defense equipment, the Globe reports.

Marines assigned to the MEU took multiple classes and conducted a practical application exercise with an obstacle course. The training fulfilled annual requirements and tested the combat readiness of the marines in a CBRN environment.

"We want to provide a realistic environment to better prepare Marines in the case an actual CBRN emergency happens," Cpl. Jacob Hansen, a CBRN specialist assigned to the MEU, said, according to the Globe. "On the trail, they act as if they're on a patrol... we throw some (2-chlorobenzalmalononitrile) canisters out and they have to react and adjust, quickly donning their masks."

2-chlorobenzalmalononitrile, also known as CS gas, is a riot control agent used by the Marines. The agent is used in training to familiarize marines with CBRN defense equipment and procedures to use the equipment.

"We try to keep the training as realistic as possible," Hansen said, according to the Globe. "On the trail, we give them a taste of a spontaneous attack, so they may not have a whole nine seconds to put on their masks before they feel the effects of CS."

Hansen said the use of realistic training is the best way to ensure the marines are prepared for such situations in the field, the Globe reports.