Marines participate in CBRN drills

Marines take part in CBRN training at Base Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Marines take part in CBRN training at Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. | Courtesy of the U.S. Marine Corps

The U.S. Marine Corps detailed a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) training exercise at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, this week.

Soldiers from the 2nd Transport Support Battalion underwent a simulated chemical threat that required a comprehensive rundown of safety and decontamination procedures that would be carried out in the real event.

“These Marines can go back to their units with this information and share the knowledge they learned with their unit,” Cpl. Tanner Watson, a CBRN training instructor said. “The knowledge these Marines pass on is something that applies to everyone. That’s why the training is so necessary. It saves lives.”

Participants also took part in self-decontamination procedures. The report, from the U.S. Marine Corps website, states that there are serious health risks associated with exposure to CBRN agents.

“The [Mission Oriented Protective Posture (MOPP)] gear is made to prevent your skin from being exposed to chemicals,” Cpl. Craig Craine, a field wireman with Combat Logistics Regiment 2, said. “It’s meant to seal and protect your body against any number of chemical agents.”

The report states that participants expressed confidence in their capabilities to perform in the case of a chemical attack or accident and that they would be able to offer protection to fellow service members.

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