U.S. soldiers team with Koreans for decontamination evaluation excercise

A soldier conducts primary wash of an aircraft as a part of the detailed aircraft decontamination team at the Rodriguez Live Fire Range. | Courtesy of DVIDS
Soldiers from the U.S. and Republic of Korea (ROK) took part in a training exercise centered around decontamination and evaluation, the Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System announced Monday.

Soldiers from the U.S.-ROK Combined Division, the 23rd Chemical Battalion and the 62nd Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Company were mainly involved with this training exercise.

Over the course of the exercise, participants took part in the decontamination processes for the soldiers themselves, aircraft and the equipment that they use. Equipment decontamination takes place in five stages including initial washes for a large amount of surface decontamination and dirt, a decontamination solution's application to external and internal portions of vehicles and aircraft, and a final check before a vehicle can be used again.

Personal stations allow soldiers to decontaminate their uniform, helmet and personal protective equipment. Individual decontamination then takes place over eight stations.

“By doing the tasks, we are able to identify problem points and develop better TTPs (tactics, techniques and procedures) to put them into practice in the real world if needed,” Capt. Lucas Hoffman, company commander of the 62nd CBRN, said.

All participants were evaluated on their performance in the exercise. According to the report, this is one of the largest exercises of this kind that takes place on the Korean peninsula.

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