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NEWS | Feb. 15, 2018

Ability to survive and operate … Check!

By Airman 1st Class Anthony Nin Leclerec 633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

The 633rd Civil Engineer Squadron qualified 153 Airmen in chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear hands-on survival skills during a Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force training day Jan. 25, 2018, at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.

Through this training, the 633rd CES will maximize the output of CBRN qualified Airmen and keep JBLE mission ready.

“Chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear warfare training produces mission ready Airmen, prepared to survive in a CBRN warfare environment,” U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Michelle Garrett, 633rd Civil Engineer Squadron, NCO in charge of the education and training section.

According to Garrett, if CBRN warfare should occur, Airmen must be prepared to respond.

Through CBRN training, Airmen will not only learn how to wear the protective ground-crew ensemble properly as well as the M50 Joint Service General Purpose mask, but they will also go through reconnaissance scenarios while donning the gear.

The scenarios aim to prepare Airmen for potential threats, and in a real-life scenario anyone could be assigned to a Post Attack Reconnaissance team.

In the training, the PAR team members qualify on gear inspection and decontamination procedures. They also learn how to move through different sections of the base if a section is contaminated.

Explosive Ordinance Disposal instructors also teach the CBRN students how to recognize, record, retreat and report unexploded ordinance.

"The ATSO rodeo is an incredibly effective tool that provides CBRN and survival skills training to Airmen across JBLE Langley," said Lt. Col. Kevin Osborne, 633rd CES commander. "Airmen from 733rd Logistics Readiness Squadron, 633rd Medical Group, 633rd Security Forces and 633rd CES are working hard to ensure that Team Langley is 100% ready, should we be called upon to respond, and I am extremely proud of the work we have been doing."