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2nd Regiment Cadet Leaders Course (CLC) Cadets Pre-Train for Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense (CBRN)

FORT KNOX, KY.- 2nd Regiment Cadet Leaders Course (CLC) Cadets received instruction on Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense (CBRN) during gas chamber pre-training June 14, 2016. 

CBRN pre-training consists of how to successfully navigate the gas chamber and handling chemical and biological threats present in combat.

“Pre-Training is extremely important not only to learn about chemical dangers but to be able to trust your equipment. If soldiers are able to fully trust their equipment, they are able to keep calm and keep their mind on the mission. I’m looking for Cadets to really take in the information from pre-training in order to exhibit bravery to move through the gas chamber in tomorrow’s exercise. When the Cadets break the seal on their masks, they will realize how much it actually helps them,” said Lt. Col. Erik Dye, Alpha Company Training Officer, Professor of Military Science at Pacific Lutheran University.

Cadets rotated through stations consisting of proper equipment maintenance, placement and cleaning, contamination detection and the variety of gear used to combat chemical threats.


2nd regiment Cdt. Meghan McCrann, 21, of University of Alabama and 2nd regiment Cdt. Anna Kretzer, 21, of West Virginia University receive instruction on proper Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense (CBRN) equipment and contamination detection at Fort Knox, KY, June 14, 2016. Photo by Lora Sparks

Cdt. Anna Kretzer of West Virginia University, said that instead of being nervous about the gas chamber she was excited because Cadets are motivated to get through it together and take care of each other.

“Being able to learn from each other, use what the Cadre is teaching us and execute it in a fast paced environment is preparing us for combat situations we will experience in the future as leaders. I’m eager to go through the gas chamber, even though I haven’t been through it,” said Cdt. Christopher Williams, from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

After Cadets are properly instructed on how to operate their gas masks, secure a seal and use other defense equipment they are ready to train in the gas chamber. CBRN preparatory training shows Cadets the importance of trusting their equipment and trusting battle buddies. Alpha and Bravo company of 2nd Regiment CLC will train at the gas chamber June 15.


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Mattie Cook

A graduate of the University of Louisville, Mattie is a Public Affairs Intern for U.S. Army Cadet Command of Fort Knox, KY. Mattie has a passion for serving Veterans, military families and using the power of word to tell the Army story.

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