Fanning visits 20th CBRNE Command

A 22nd Chemical Batallion soldier conducts a capabilities demonstration. | Courtesy of DVIDS
The Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System reported that Acting Army Undersecretary Eric Fanning made a visit to the 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) Command on Tuesday.

During the visit, Fanning was able to see operation procedures and the missions of units that make up the military's armed forces at the Aberdeen Proving Ground. These include the 22nd Chemical Battalion, a part of the 48th Chemical Brigade and the CBRNE Analytical and Remediation Activity (CARA).

Consisting of Army civilian personnel, CARA provides CBRNE training support and operates mobile theater laboratories. They are also tasked with remediation operations and providing escort aviation support.
Among its duties, the Chemical Battalion serves as one of two technical escorts within the U.S. Army.

The 20th CBRNE Command is specialized to manage missions and operations that involve CBRNE threats primarily in war fighting operations and homeland defense operations. They are trained to carry out counter and mitigation operations against a weapon of mass destruction and improvised explosive devices.

The CBRNE Command coordinates with other CBRNE agencies within other military branches, other areas within the Army and those that are a part of federal and state governments.