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Army, AF prepare for CBRN environments

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  • By Senior Airman Destinee Sweeney
  • 20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

on how to properly put on the M50 ProMask and mission oriented protective posture gear as well as a lecture on how to use M8 Chemical Agent Detection Paper.

Afterward, the group donned their gas masks and prepared themselves to enter the gas chamber, where they endured a riot control agent chlorobenzalmalononitrile, commonly known as tear gas, while reciting a given command and performing various exercises.

During the CBRN training, Airmen received an opportunity to see how their counterparts operate and train.

“With the Army, their training is more field-related, they can move if there’s contamination,” said Staff Sgt. Zachary Clement, 20th CES emergency management craftsman. “For the Air Force, if we get contaminated, we’re stuck where we’re at and we have to operate in it,”

The two units plan to continue this type of training quarterly, each time working to build upon the skills already learned. They also plan to potentially create more elaborate joint exercises in the future.