Army Chemical Corps honored at Green Dragon Ball
In his address, King discussed the history of the use of chemical weapons, which were first used during the World War I in 1915. It was due to the destructive nature of these weapons on individuals that the Geneva Protocol would eventually lead to the near-global adoption of both the Biological Weapons Convention and the Chemical Weapons Convention, which prohibits the use and development of these weapons.
After the U.S. became a state party to both of these conventions, the Chemical Corps shifted focus from offensive and defensive applications to strictly defensive and protection measures against CBRNE threats.
"CBRNE threats abound across the globe and the strategic environment is rapidly changing, with both nation states, and transnational actors seeking and gaining access to advanced technology and material," King said.
The 20th CBRNE Command is headquartered at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. King said the corps is working to better improve their capacity against weapons of this kind for their own protection and the protection of national security. He also said that today's Chemical Corps service members continue to uphold the legacy of the past 100 years of service.
"We are a part of the legendary U.S. Army Chemical Corps. We are prepared; we are trained; and we are ready," King said. "As for me, this Dragon will not hesitate to breathe in the enemy's toxic green chlorine gas and return it in a flaming, purging breath of American combat power."