Soldiers participate in Vibrant 12 CBRN attack exercise

Over 7,000 soldiers, airmen, sailors, marines and civilians have descended upon Camp Atterbury, the Muscatatuck Urban Training Complex and surrounding areas in Indiana to participate in the Vibrant Response 12 exercise.
The exercise, conducted by U.S. Army North, is the command's largest disaster response exercise to date. It sees multiple agencies prepare federal military forces for their role in response to a catastrophic chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear incident in the homeland.

"If this ever happens in a real world event, we'll be prepared for the worst case scenario, but I hope we never have to do it," Staff Sgt. Chad Francisco, the survey team chief of the 51st CST, said.

The scenario began with a simulated nuclear blast on Tuesday.
"This is an urgent message from the Ohio Emergency Management Agency," speakers in the training area blared. "This is not a test. Officials confirm that a nuclear explosion has occurred in the Cincinnati area. Police and firefighters are on the ground and more help is coming."
Cincinnati was actually the southern Indiana training complex and "victims" of the simulated detonation were actually role players.
"The scenario tests responding forces from the military and how they work together to save lives, relieve suffering and mitigate great property damage," Vince Sharp, the observer controller trainer of Army North, said.

During the exercise, the DCRF will conduct numerous missions, including decontamination, medical treatment and evacuation, in addition to logistical missions to transport food, water and supplies to victims. There will also be challenges such as setting up communications and clearing debris from the roadways.
Members of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as well as local and state emergency responders, are also participating in the exercise, which is scheduled for Aug. 16-28.