U.S. Army holds decontamination exercises with Korean soldiers

Members of the U.S. Army's 293rd Signal Company and the 50th Infantry Division of the Republic of Korea Army  conducted joint decontamination exercises for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNE) threats on Feb. 5.

CBRNE is a high-level threat area and requires specialized protective equipment and decontamination practices.

During the training exercise held in Daegu, South Korea, soldiers cleaned equipment so that harmful and hazardous material would not be spread.

“We are a Signal unit, but other things that Signal soldiers need to understand are not just about working on communications equipment," Sgt. Keenda Batchelor said. "They also need to have a strong foundation in their warrior task battle drills."

Decontamination consists of cleansing personal protective equipment, showering, inspection, and administering medication to prevent damage or heal existing damage from hazardous materials.

Through joint training exercises, soldiers on both sides experience different ways of completing the decontamination procedure.

“The exercise has its own significance in that it prevents soldiers from the hazard of contaminants and unites two different units together," Pfc. Ryan Griffiths said. "One of the benefits of this exercise is that we can learn things from the other side and see what we could not have seen.”