Guam Guard to hold training exercises this week

The Guam Army National Guard’s 95th Civil Support Team will be holding CBRN training exercises this week in  what used to be the old Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Housing Authority in Dededo, Kuam News reports.

The public service announcement was made so as to not alarm residents in and around the area, officials told Kuam News.

The required training and evaluation, which will simulate a chemical attack and focus on preparation and responses for the possibility of such attacks, is held once about every 18 months, Guard Spokesman Captain Ken Ola told the paper.

The training exercises, Ola said, are an invaluable tool to test the technical skills of troops in the field.

"They're the first responders for incidents like chemical and biological incidents where you may have a potential of mass impact on the population," Ola told Kuam News.

The training exercises are slated to continue through the rest of this week, according to Ola.

The Guam Army National Guard maintains two armories in two communities and is the most forward-positioned Joint Force Headquarters in the nation, according to GlobalSecurity.Org. The Guam Guard works jointly with the U.S. Naval Forces Marianas, the 13th Air Force, Andersen Air Force Base, the Armed Forces Committee, Guam Chamber of Commerce and the local chapter of the Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve.