More than 60 Soldiers from 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade participated in a three-day chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear training, Aug. 6 to 8.

The purpose of the training was for Soldiers to become familiar with the tools used to decontaminate their equipment and themselves in an operational environment.

Soldiers also learned about various CBRN agents, equipment used to monitor the types of agent, how to correctly don mission-oriented, protective posture, unmasking procedures, exchange their protective gear, as well as how to send up nuclear biological and chemical 1 and 4 reports.

Students also participated in a practical exercise using all the knowledge learned in the class.

For Spc. Navaris Greene, patriot missile launcher, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, the training was helpful and insightful.

“I never did operational decontamination before, it was an eye opener,” said Greene. “And we were able to decontaminate our own equipment.”

Even students who had been through decontamination training before felt that the training contained certain elements they had not done before.

“This is the first time that I actually decontaminated a vehicle,” said Pfc. James Durr, health care specialist, 3

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Battalion, 4

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Air Defense Artillery Regiment, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery.  “And this was the first time that I actually used the generators.”

Soldiers also learned how to choose a decontamination site, setup and tear down a site, and to how to address and resolve potential issues with decontaminating their equipment.

“You learn all the steps and guidelines to keep you safe,” added Greene. “I would do it again and recommend it. In the hands-on we were moving. Besides the heat, it was good training.”

Through tough realistic training like this, the 108th Air Defense Artillery ensures that its Soldiers will be able to take care of themselves as well as those around them regardless of the environment in which they find themselves.