CBRN day to be celebrated on post Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 June 2013
By Melissa Buckley
GUIDON staff
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The U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School, in conjunction with Fort Leonard Wood, is preparing to host their 95th Regimental birthday celebration on Friday.

This year’s theme is “Remembering the past, moving forward toward the future.”

The day will begin with a Fallen Sunrise Service at 6 a.m. in Memorial Grove and honor Spc. Krystal Fitts, who died in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

“The most important event to be held is our Sunrise Service. During our Sunrise Service, we honor those that gave everything they had and paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we may live in freedom. Their sacrifice for their country, the Army and our Corps cannot be overstated. We cannot and we will not forget, nor will we allow others to forget their contributions,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Gabriel Arnold, U.S. Army CBRN School.

At 9 a.m. the State of the Regiment will be followed by a cake cutting ceremony at Baker Theater.

The Sibert Award will be presented at 10 a.m. at Baker Theater. The award recognizes the top performing company-sized CBRN units in the active Army, Army National Guard and the Army Reserve.

The winners this year are 501 CBRN Company TE, 23 CBRN Bn., Camp Stanley, Republic of Korea, 272 CBRN Company, 79 Troop Command, Reading, Mass., and 371 CBRN Company, 457 CBRN Bn., Greenwood, S.C.

The Senior Leader Course Plaque Dedication will be at 10:35 a.m. in Baker Theater.

The Hall of Fame and Distinguished Member of the Corps Induction will be at 11 a.m. in Baker Theater.

Maj. Gen. Stephen Reeves, retired, and Staff Sgt. John Thiel, retired, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Distinguished Member of the Corps inductees are Col. Stanley Tunstall, retired, Col. Raymond Van Pelt, retired, Col. Thomas Woloszyn, retired, Command Sgt. Maj. Bobby Vinson, retired, and Master Sgt. Richard Mettke, retired.

At 2:15 p.m. a ribbon cutting will be held for the Technical Escort wing at the Lt. Joseph Terry CBRN Responder Facility.

The day will end with the Green Dragon Ball at 5 p.m. at Nutter Field House.

Arnold said watch the news to see why CBRN Soldiers are important to the Army and the world.

“What a challenging time for our regiment, as we are seeing the demand for our unique skill sets and capabilities come to the forefront of national and international news — the increasing threats of WMD Failed states in North Korea and Syria, increased threat of proliferation in Iran, the tragic hazmat explosion in Texas and potential Ricin laced letters to our lawmakers, all clearly demonstrate the necessity for our small but mighty Regiment to be at the ready at all times to respond. CBRN equals Could Be Right Now, and in recent events — is right now,” Arnold said.

He said he looks forward to the CBRN Regiment’s birthday celebration every year.

“It provides a great venue and platform to recognize our corps and its’ outstanding Soldiers. To be up front about it, we are special. Every Soldier down deep wants to be part of something special, something that is considered elite. No one else does what we do. We are the only branch within the Army that has the skill set to counter weapons of mass effect/destruction. We have a very talented group of officers, NCOs and Soldiers in our ranks. We spend large amount of our careers in different organizations within the Army. We have the task of maintaining our skill set while learning the skill sets of the units in which we are assigned. By the time a CBRN warrior reaches 10 years of service, they are usually very well-rounded,” Arnold said.

He believes holding the events are important it keeps Soldiers in tune with customs, courtesies and traditions.

“Customs are often those established practices that are so common that everyone should know them and continually instill them in new members of the profession. Courtesies at their most basic are simply treating others with respect — seniors, peers and subordinates alike. Traditions are sometimes just the way things are done that you take pride in,” Arnold said. “It is our job as leaders to ensure we preserve our customs, courtesies and traditions and continue to train the next generation of CBRN warriors about the past, present and the future.”
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 July 2013 )