FORT KNOX, Ky. – “Our world is dangerous.” That was the first thing Cadets with the 8th Regiment Advanced Course (Cadet Leaders Course) heard today from Lt. Col. Jeffery Winston, Professor of Military Science (PMS) Michigan State University, during their brief to begin their Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) Training.
“From what I can tell everyone is afraid of gas. People have nightmares about not breathing.” said 1st Lt. Joshua Kipling, 8th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Armor Brigade Combat Team, 1st Calvary Division. Kipling is one of the Cadre here to assist in the day to day training of Cadets.
“I did a deployment to Korea and they have chemical weapons, so every month we did CBRN training.” Kipling explained. This training does have a real world impact once they make it into the Army.
Kipling wasn’t going to let the Cadets face this alone.
“How can I expect them to lead if I don’t show them how to do it myself” Kipling stated.
Cadets took to the training with great enthusiasm and took many lessons with them as they completed their training but none as important as their confidence with their equipment.
Before entering the gas chamber Cadets were instructed on how to properly don their equipment and how to properly seal their mask. The Cadets had to break their seal of their mask while in a chamber full of CS gas (Tear gas).
“It taught us to trust our equipment and trust that it is going to protect ourselves when we need it to” Cdt. Ray Casillas, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott.
“I defiantly have more confidence in my equipment now than I did at the beginning of the training” commented Cdt. Tyler Ayres, Pittsburg State University.
“You can feel the change in the air immediately when you took off your mask and it made you realize what exactly it was protecting you from” said Ayres.
Cadets conquered the CBRN training, and learned some very valuable lessons on July 16. They have completed 9 days of training and have 21 left till graduation.