FORT KNOX, Ky. — The 3rd Regiment of Cadet Leaders Course (CLC) participated in Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear (CBRN) Training on June 20 to prepare them for dealing with hazardous chemicals and gases.
“We’re here to help train the Cadets on how to put on the chemical protection suits and how they can make it through the gas chamber,” said Sgt. Ariel Levaula. “The importance of this training is all about safety. We want to ensure the cadets throughout the training that they are in great hands and this is to help them save lives.”
Cadets are divided into sections to learn about the safety procedures of going through the chamber.
“The hardest part of this training is teaching Cadets critical thinking. Our job is to show how one is to make a critical decision during stressful situations. However, this training is a great experience for Cadets. All we’re trying to do is help Cadets train for when they’re out on the field so that everyone knows what to do,” Levaula said.
Once Cadets are through with a briefing about wearing the chemical equipment, they are then lined up outside the gas chamber and wait to walk through it.
“The gas chamber exercise is probably one of the hardest training exercises that we have,” said Staff Sgt. Brian Logan. “This gives Cadets the training and an overview of a harsh chemical environment.”
Cadets then go into the gas chamber.
“We want Cadets to have a ‘taste’ of life. Although this may not be the taste that they want, but it’s crucial to their training,” says Sgt. Nicholas Tigue. “For me, I want Cadets to learn about faith and teach them how to defend for themselves. I have seen smiles, tears, sickness, practically any reaction you can think of from Cadets as they exit the chamber. Even though it may not be the most pleasant experience, you can also have fun with this training exercise, too.”
Cadets exit the gas chamber and learn how to properly remove and clean their protective equipment.
“While Cadets are in the chamber, we really want them to learn to trust their equipment,” Logan said. “This is to give them confidence when going through a chemical environment. We want them to know that when wearing the equipment properly, Cadets can successfully make it through the chamber and in any harsh chemical environment.”
The CBRN Training is a great way for Cadets to learn safety when dealing with a hazardous chemical environment.