Marines hold explosives, chemical weapons training

A Marine holds his gas mask after completing leak, seal, package and decontamination training April 21 at the gas chamber on Camp Hansen, Okinawa. Explosive ordnance disposal technicians and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear defense specialists | Courtesy if the U.S. Marine Corps.
Marines took part in Explosives Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) joint training on April 21.

EOD technicians who took part in the training are from the 9th Engineer Support Battalion, and CBRN specialists represented the Marine Logistics Group Headquarters Regiment, 3rd Marine Logisitical Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force. Both groups ran simulations involving a tear gas chamber at Camp Hansen in Okinawa, Japan.

Teams were then tasked with the packaging and containment of the harmful substance and to transport the material in order to prevent further contamination.

“(CBRN) is here to ensure Marines are familiar with the decontamination process as well as the leak, seal, package process,” Capt. River Garza, a CBRN defense specialist, said. “We have to be sure the contaminants we come in contact with during the (process) are not carried outside of the affected area."

Everyone who participated in the exercise wore full personal protective equipment that included gas masks and special suits that protect against dangerous material. The joint nature of the training also allows each team to be well-prepared for a variety of situations that are possible during an actual incident.

“It’s important we train with (other sections), because they have their expertise and we have ours," Staff Sgt. James Anderson, a CBRN defense expert, said. "The sharing of experience and knowledge is great for our growth. It’s truly rewarding knowing that we have the capabilities and proficiency we need to ensure mission accomplishment and the safety of all involved.”

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III Marine Expeditionary Force Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan Ginowan, Okinawa Prefecture

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