Army unit trains to handle CBRNE threats

The U.S. Army's 3-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, seventh Infantry Division, received CBRNE training in January at Fort Irwin's National Training Center.

The training used conventional warfare techniques as a basis and sought to expand on existing methods to improve CBRNE response.

"We need to be ready for (CBRNE threats)," Sgt. 1st Class Chris Bandel, the CBRNE noncommissioned officer in charge for 3-2 SBCT, said. "We need to know how to react. Not only do we need to understand the core fundamentals of CBRNE but all the new stuff that's out there."

The 3-2 SBCT is the first brigade to train with specialized teams from the 3rd Explosive Ordnance Company and the 110th Chemical Battalion at NTC. The 3-2 SBCT said it is using the new training opportunities to reassess its threat response methods.

"We're showing the maneuver side of the house that we're a multiplier, that we can break out of our traditional role and help them," Capt. Corbyn Duke, CBRNE Response Team 2 Team Leader for 9th Chem. Co., 110th Chem. Bn. (TE), said.

The CRTs assisted the 3-2 SCBT in a simulated incident involving a professor forced to make CBRNE agents at a university. Through the combined efforts of both units, the site was cleaned and evidence was secured to prosecute the criminals.