South Korean soldiers participate in CBRN exercise at Fort Irwin

Soldiers from the South Korean Army joined U.S. soldiers in a CBRNE drill at Fort Irwin in California last week.

The soldiers took part in Exercise Atropian Phoenix, which was the first team level integrated training exercise with South Korean CBRNE units in the U.S. The South Korean CBRNE Response Team (CRT) was part of the 110th Chemical Battalion's task force during the exercise.

"We integrated them into our situational training lane exercises as a part of the CBRNE Task Force, and during the force-on-force portion," Lt. Col. Brant Hoskins, the commander of the 110th Chemical Battalion, said. "They provided CRT support to a U.S. infantry battalion to exploit a WMD site. They performed extremely well throughout the rotation but their contributions on the final objective were a particular highlight."

During the exercise, South Korean and American troops trained to conduct decisive action operations in an all-hazards CBRNE threat environment.

"(The exercise) provided the perfect venue for us to share tactics, techniques and procedures in a realistic environment," Hoskins said.

The 20th CBRNE Command and the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team integrated with the South Korean CRT during Atropian Phoenix.

Soldiers at the 48th Chemical Brigade Headquarters on Fort Hood, Texas, and the 20th CBRNE Command Operational Command Post on Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., also participated in Exercise Atropian Phoenix.

The 20th CBRNE Command is the only U.S. Army formation tasked with combating CBRNE threats.