Decontamination exercises begin at Osan Air Base

Decontamination exercises begin at Osan Air Base.
Decontamination exercises begin at Osan Air Base. | Courtesy of DVIDS

Airmen based at the Osan Air Base in South Korea took part in the Beverly Midnight 15-03 readiness exercise on Tuesday, according to a report from the 51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs office.

During the course of this exercise, personnel were tasked with the process of going through a collective protection system (CPS) facility, which is a specialized facility meant to supply decontamination stations in the case of a chemical or biological incident or attack.

The report states that approximately 25 individuals were processed on an hourly basis.

"This exercise sets the expectation going forward for how quickly we can get personnel into the facility," First Lt. Trent Lucas, 51st Civil Engineer Squadron readiness and emergency management flight commander, said. "It changes how we release people from shifts, how we move people around the base, it tells us what kinds or types of equipment we will need and how can we make every aspect better. This ensures they can get up and go continue the mission each and every day."

With the CPS stations, participants decontaminated weapons and individual pieces of their personal protective equipment; furthermore, special systems are in place at the facility that neutralize contaminants in the air.

"This is extremely valuable training for all involved, and I have noticed everyone is taking it very seriously," Lucas said. "Our shelter management teams are receiving valuable training, and the information we received is huge in our efforts to be able to complete our mission to guard the freedom of 51 million people by defending against any attack against the alliance."

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