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FORT KNOX, KY—10th Regiment Advanced Camp completed CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear) training at the CBRN chamber.

10th Regiment Advanced Camp participated in the CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear) chamber, where they are exposed to CS gas as a part of their training. July 24, Fort Knox, Ky. (Photo by Amber Vincent)

Cadets begin their CBRN training by first being trained on how to put on their MOP gear. MOPP (mission oriented protective posture) gear consists of rubber gloves and boots, a jacket, pants, and a mask. Cadets have to be able to successfully get their mask on in less than eight seconds, and all of their MOPP gear in less than eight minutes before entering the chamber.

“CBRN is used to simulate engaging an enemy in a chemical warfare situation,” said Cadet Devante Spears, Central Michigan University.

Once Cadets can successfully put their gear on in the time constraints, they suit up and head to the chamber.

Inside the chamber Cadets are put through a short round of PT to get them breathing heavily and get their airways opened. Cadets then pair up with their battle buddy to assist each other in removing the hood of their MOPP jacket to prepare to demask and embrace the CS gas and another round of PT.

Finally, Cadre members tell Cadets to demask and recite the Soldier’s creed. The Cadets start out strong but after about ten seconds, they all start to feel the affects of the gas.

“The gas makes you disoriented. It clears your sinuses, so snot is everywhere. It makes your eyes water up and burn,” laughed Spears.

10th Regiment Advanced Camp participated in the CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear) chamber, where they are exposed to CS gas as a part of their training. July 24, Fort Knox, Ky. (Photo by Amber Vincent)

Once the Creed is recited, Cadets file out of the chamber, snot running down their faces, and tears falling from their eyes. They file around in a circle and flap their arms in an attempt to dissipate the gas.

“It was a great training simulation,” said Spears. “It was a way for us to learn what our Soldiers will experience and how we can lead them through situations similar to this.”

To keep up with Advanced Camp 10th Regiment, find their photos here.

Cadet Summer Training will bring 8,200 Cadets through Basic and Advanced Camp this summer on Fort Knox. These camps are designed to help challenge, grow and improve various skills and leadership qualities within the Cadets. If you think you have what it takes to be a Cadet or if you are interested in a job after college click the following link: https://my.goarmy.com/info/rotc1/index.jsp?iom=IP08-AUTO-R1NA-BR-XXX-XX-XXX-MO-XX-X-BRCMAC:IP08

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Amber Vincent

From Kentucky, Amber Vincent is a rising senior at Western Kentucky University where she is majoring in public relations and double minoring in graphic design and digital advertising. Amber has spent her summer as a Public Affairs Intern for Cadet Summer Training for the U.S. Army Cadet Command where she has worked as a writer, photographer, and videographer. In addition to her time here at Fort Knox, Amber serves as Vice-President of Public Relations for WKU's chapter of Kappa Delta Sorority. Amber also serves as the President of WKU's chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America.

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