CBRN School 2019 fiscal year in review
Special to GUIDON
The U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear School trains, educates and develops Army, joint and international service members, Chemical Corps leaders, Soldiers, units and staffs; ensures the readiness of the Chemical Branch; and synchronizes doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leader development, personnel and facility functions for the Chemical Regiment to enable the Army to fight and win in a contaminated environment as part of large scale combat operations and in support of the defense of the nation.
The USACBRNS fully supported Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, Training and Doctrine Command’s, Combined Arms Center’s, and the Army’s priorities through various initiatives designed to increase CBRN readiness of the joint force through improved individual training products, collective training for CBRN units, and aggressive force modernization efforts.
Fiscal Year 2019 accomplishments
— In April, the 3rd Chemical Brigade conducted a ceremony to mark the completion of the transformation of the Chemical Defense Training Facility. This $5 million initiative increases the realism of the Department of Defense’s only live agent training facility, and was executed in partnership with the Joint Program Executive Office — CBRN Defense.
— In May, the USACBRNS, supported by the Maneuver Center of Excellence, TRADOC, Army Futures Command, and the Marine Corps, led the execution of the Brigade Combat Team — Marine Air Ground Task Force Tactical Command Post Exercise. The exercise focused on developing situational awareness and understanding of the complex CBRN environment to allow commanders to make proactive risk-based decisions.
— In May, the commanding general, Combined Arms Center, approved FM 3-11, CBRN Operations. This capstone manual orients CBRN leaders and staffs supporting maneuver commanders in large-scale combat operations.
— The USACBRNS and MSCoE collaborated in the development of an approved course of action resulting in a growth of 522 74D10/20 positions within all Brigade Combat Teams. The 74D/Operations Readiness NCO/Specialist Force Design Update mitigates two gaps: lack of company-level CBRN proficiency and lack of company-level operations- focused personnel.
— The USACBRNS, in concert with the JPEO-CBD and Army Futures Command-Capability Development Integration Directorate, continued capability development of the NBC Reconnaissance Vehicle Sensor Suite Upgrade. The NBCRV SSU prototype participated in a successful technology demonstration at the Joint Warfighting Assessment 19 in May 2019 in Yakima, Washington. It will participate in an operational demonstration at JWA 20 in Europe May 2020.
— The USACBRNS supported MSCoE in the development of a heavy decontamination and reconnaissance company force design update to mitigate the lack of timely terrain and fixed site decontamination capability to protect and mitigate the effects of a CBRN incident on forward deployment nodes.
(Editor’s note: This article was submitted to the GUIDON by the USACBRNS. It is the second installment of an eight-week series.)
3rd Chemical Brigade 2019 FY in review
Special to GUIDON
3rd Chemical Brigade conducts Initial Entry Training, CBRN Advanced Officer Courses, live CBRN Defense Training, and Surety Operations in order to forge committed, competent Soldiers and leaders of character.
Fiscal year 2019 accomplishments
— 3rd Chemical Brigade conducted a brigade Change of Command Ceremony between Col. Sean Crockett and Col. Adam Hilburgh June 24.
Crockett and Hilburgh are no strangers as they previously changed commands with one another with the 23rd CBRNE Battalion at Camp Stanley, Korea.
— The Chemical Defense Training Facility held a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 11, marking the official end to a six-month redesign of Fort Leonard Wood’s Chemical Defense Training Facility.
— In April, the 3rd Chemical Brigade conducted a grand reopening ceremony to mark the completion of the transformation of the Chemical Defense Training Facility. This $5 million initiative began at the USACBRNS in 2016, and was executed in partnership with the Joint Program Executive Office – CBRN Defense.
— 3rd Chemical Brigade conducted the second annual Best CBRN Warrior Competition with 14 teams competing from across the Army’s Chemical Corps.
— The 2nd Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment is the first unit to test the Pilot Program to incorporate platoon leaders, training officers and Department of the Army civilians for Center for Initial Military Training.
— Company D, 2nd Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment led the transition for the 2018 Basic Combat Training Program of Instruction for the installation.
— The 3rd Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment provided over 373 volunteer hours in support of the Waynesville, Saint Robert and Cuba communities.
— The 1st Battalion, 48th Infantry Regiment refined and enhanced the Trainee Support Platoon, pioneered the MSCoE Atlas program to improve the lives of Soldiers and families, initiated the “Mental Game” series of instruction and integrated the Trainee Army Physical Fitness Test review board.
— The 2nd Battalion, 48th Infantry Regiment, participated in Camp Capable, a camp dedicated to working with children with special needs.
— The 84th Chemical Battalion fielded the winners of the 2019 Best CBRN Warrior Competition and Maneuver Support Center of Excellence 3rd Quarter Best Warrior Board.
— The 84th Chemical Battalion instructed 1,751 Soldiers in 21 Advanced Individual Training classes, 27 warrant officers in three Warrant Officer Basic Course classes, 15 warrant officers in one Warrant Officer Advanced Course class, 401 lieutenants in nine Basic Officer Leaders Course classes and 88 captains in five Captains Career Course classes.
(Editor’s note: This article was submitted to the GUIDON by the 3rd Chem. Bde. It is the second installment of an eight-week series.)