Set for CBRN threats
By Airman 1st Class Taylor Phifer, 509th Bomb Wing Public Affairs
/ Published March 09, 2018
WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. --
Every 18 months Airmen must complete Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense Survival Skills training to ensure they know what to do in the event of a threat.
A CBRN Defense Survival Skills class was held on March 5, 2018, at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, to prepare Airmen for the possibility of a CBRN attack.
“The purpose of the training is to instruct personnel on how to properly inspect and wear the mission-oriented protective posture gear while also instructing them on how to operate in a contaminated environment,” said U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brent Wood, the emergency management NCO in charge, assigned to the 509th Civil Engineering Squadron.
The hands-on class focuses on how to inspect and wear the MOPP gear and ensures Airmen can successfully put it on in the recommended time. The gear consists of a mask, body armor, helmet, web belt, trousers, jacket, gloves and boots. Each MOPP level is made up of a different combination of the gear that’s worn.
Before completing the hands-on training, Airmen must pass the computer based training that reviews different types of CBRN threats, threat levels, different MOPP levels and what to do to protect yourself.
“Due to the ever evolving, asymmetric battlefield that our military forces deploy to, it is vital that all personnel become familiar with how to protect themselves,” said Wood.
Along with learning about the MOPP gear, the class familiarizes Airmen on the various CBRN threats and how to identify if a contamination is present in the area or on a person.
“Prior understanding of the CBRN threats and contaminants are important due to the extent of damage that a person could suffer if exposed to a dangerous agent,” said Wood. “This class helps to ensure Airmen are set to protect themselves against any potential CBRN threat.”