Camp Shelby hosts CBRN training course for Marine Corps defense specialists

Marines at Camp Shelby take part in CBRN training on Monday.
Marines at Camp Shelby take part in CBRN training on Monday. | Courtesy of the U.S. Marine Corps

Camp Shelby in Mississippi hosted chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) training this week for U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve defense specialists.

Participants of the exercise were able to hone their skill set in response to CBRN threats. The exercises were held as a part of the week-long Advanced Consequence Management (ACM) course. Scenarios consisted of live chlorine and anhydrous ammonia gasses. Tasks included determining what chemical was present in order to select the appropriate level of protective equipment.

The scenarios were made more complex with the addition of simulated casualties in the training space.

“This course gives leaders the opportunity to send Marines into an unknown environment to determine what is happening and how to respond to the situation,” Sgt. Robert Potenziani, CBRN defense chief with the Fourth Marine Aircraft Wing, said.

Potenziani also noted the importance of prioritizing casualties in a situation like this and the need to determine whether they are alive and to get them to decontamination and medical treatment as soon as possible.

According to the report detailing the exercise, the factors of each training scenario required participants to form cohesive teams in order to meet the standards of the exercises.

“With our training and readiness standards, we want the Marines to be able to operate in any type of environment,” Sgt. Victor Quintana, ACM instructor, said.

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