• Staff Sgt. Sandra Shane-Trovato, an Anchorage, Ala. native and a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear specialist assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st "Centurion" Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st "Ironhorse" Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, conducts CBRN training for Ironhorse Soldiers assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters "Hammer" Troop May 1 at Fort Hood, Texas. This semi-annual training refreshed the Soldiers on proper use and storage of their CBRN equipment. (Photo by Pfc. Paige Pendleton, 1st BCT, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs)

    Hammer Troop nails down CBRN training

    Staff Sgt. Sandra Shane-Trovato, an Anchorage, Ala. native and a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear specialist assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st "Centurion" Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st "Ironhorse" Brigade...

  • Anchorage, Ala. native, Staff Sgt. Sandra Shane-Trovato, a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear specialist assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st "Centurion" Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st "Ironhorse" Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, demonstrates how to don a protective gas mask during CBRN training for Ironhorse Soldiers assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters "Hammer" Troop May 1 at Fort Hood, Texas. (Photo by Pfc. Paige Pendleton, 1st BCT, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs)

    Hammer Troop nails down CBRN training

    Anchorage, Ala. native, Staff Sgt. Sandra Shane-Trovato, a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear specialist assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st "Centurion" Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st "Ironhorse" Brigade Combat...

  • Spc. Patrick Maurer (left), a cavalry scout native to San Antonio, and Spc. Daniel Felix (right), an infantryman native to Modesto, Calif., both assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters "Hammer" Troop, 1st "Ironhorse" Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, practice donning and sealing their protective masks in nine seconds during chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear training May 1 at Fort Hood, Texas. (Photo by Pfc. Paige Pendleton, 1st BCT, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs)

    Hammer Troop nails down CBRN training

    Spc. Patrick Maurer (left), a cavalry scout native to San Antonio, and Spc. Daniel Felix (right), an infantryman native to Modesto, Calif., both assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters "Hammer" Troop, 1st "Ironhorse" Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry...

  • Midland, Mich. native, Cpt. Timothy Martin, commander of Headquarters "Hammer" Troop, 1st "Ironhorse" Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, discovers a defect in his protective mask during chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear training May 1 at Fort Hood, Texas. The semi-annual classes are conducted to ensure Soldiers know how to properly use their equipment. (Photo by Pfc. Paige Pendleton, 1st BCT, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs)

    Hammer Troop nails down CBRN training

    Midland, Mich. native, Cpt. Timothy Martin, commander of Headquarters "Hammer" Troop, 1st "Ironhorse" Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, discovers a defect in his protective mask during chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear training...

  • Anchorage, Ala. native Staff Sgt. Sandra Shane-Trovato (right), a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear specialist assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st "Centurion" Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st "Ironhorse" Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, checks the seal on the protective mask of San Antonio native, Spc. Patrick Maurer (left), a cavalry scout assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters "Hammer" Troop of the Ironhorse brigade during CBRN training May 1 at Fort Hood, Texas. (Photo by Pfc. Paige Pendleton, 1st BCT, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs)

    Hammer Troop nails down CBRN training

    Anchorage, Ala. native Staff Sgt. Sandra Shane-Trovato (right), a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear specialist assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st "Centurion" Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st "Ironhorse" Brigade...

  • Spc. Paul Hirschi (left), an infantryman, Spc. Kimsey McDonald (second from left), a cable systems installer-maintainer, Spc. Dallas Slay (center), a geospatial engineer, and Spc. Richard Gunter (right), a geospatial engineer, all assigned to Headquarters "Hammer" Troop, 1st "Ironhorse" Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, practice donning and sealing their protective masks in nine seconds during chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear training May 1 at Fort Hood, Texas. (Photo illustration by Pfc. Paige Pendleton, 1st BCT, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs)

    Hammer Troop nails down CBRN training

    Spc. Paul Hirschi (left), an infantryman, Spc. Kimsey McDonald (second from left), a cable systems installer-maintainer, Spc. Dallas Slay (center), a geospatial engineer, and Spc. Richard Gunter (right), a geospatial engineer, all assigned to...

  • Anchorage, Ala. native Staff Sgt. Sandra Shane-Trovato (second from left), a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear specialist assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st "Centurion" Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st "Ironhorse" Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, assists Pvt. Janee Embry (left), a cable systems installer-maintainer assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters "Hammer" Troop of the Ironhorse brigade, as she demonstrates how to don protective gear during CBRN training May 1 at Fort Hood, Texas. (Photo by Pfc. Paige Pendleton, 1st BCT, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs)

    Hammer Troop nails down CBRN training

    Anchorage, Ala. native Staff Sgt. Sandra Shane-Trovato (second from left), a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear specialist assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st "Centurion" Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st "Ironhorse"...

Many Soldiers associate CBRN training with a mandatory trip through the gas chamber during Basic Combat Training, but in actuality Soldiers must remain trained to be prepared for actual threats.
Anchorage, Ala. native, Staff Sgt. Sandra Shane-Trovato, a CBRN specialist assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st "Centurion" Brigade Special Troops Battalion of the Ironhorse Brigade, conducted the brief.
Shane-Trovato explained that the Chemical Corps is at the forefront of more activity considering recent attacks, and these classes are given on a regular basis to keep Soldiers aware that the threat of a CBRN attack is real.
"It's a perishable skill," Shane-Trovato said. "Just like shooting your weapon."
Shane-Trovato stressed the importance of Soldiers being trained properly for CBRN threats. She said if Soldiers are in an environment requiring just a medium level of protection and they can't put a protective mask together correctly, they would not be able to protect themselves and be at the risk of becoming ill or worse.
The classroom portion of the training focused on recent CBRN attacks in the news, the types and levels of threats, protective gear, and decontamination techniques.
After a short lecture and presentation, Soldiers conducted hands-on instruction on how to properly assemble and wear their protective masks.
Shane-Trovato also had demonstrators don CBRN protective gear and conducted gas drills in which the Soldiers had nine seconds to don, clear, and seal their protective masks.
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands native, Spc. Richard Gunter, a geospatial engineer assigned to Hammer Troop, said the class made him feel more prepared for a CBRN threat.
"I learned more in depth about the different types of chemical and biological threats," Gunter said.
With the constant flow of new Soldiers, Gunter said he thinks this training should be conducted more often to keep everyone up to speed.

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