Marines participate in environmental training in Hawaii

CBRN marines participated in environmental training on May 13 at Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

The Assessment and Consequence Management team, part of the 3rd Marine Regiment, was tested for adaptability and the ability to apply proper safety procedures in a contaminated environment, reports.

The team deployed the new Rapid Area Sensitive Sight and Reconnaissance (RASSR) robot during the training. The RASSR allowed the Marines to identify conditions and remove the need to physically touch contaminated materials.

"The RASSR is a great tool because it identifies the problem within minutes and helps mitigate most of the hazards we face," Lance Cpl. Ryan Siebert, a participant in the exercise, said, according to "It's a new piece of technology, so we want to take advantage of it."

The Marines were tested in situations ranging from a simulated airplane crash to removing a casualty from an area contaminated by chemical agents.

"The purpose of these mobility exercises was to stress the Marines out," Chief Warrant Officer Christopher Joy, who was in charge of the ACM team, said, reports. "They already know the procedures, but what we wanted to do was put them in situations where they're required to think on their feet to be better prepared for potential ops."