• Soldiers from 1st BSTB, 1st HBCT, don their protective masks as a mock alarm is sounded at Camp Hovey Aug. 19.

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    Soldiers from 1st BSTB, 1st HBCT, don their protective masks as a mock alarm is sounded at Camp Hovey Aug. 19.

  • Staff Sgt. Richard Fagan, an Avenger system repairman for Co. A, 1st BSTB,  1st HBCT, decontaminates his face during a mock chemical attack.

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    Staff Sgt. Richard Fagan, an Avenger system repairman for Co. A, 1st BSTB, 1st HBCT, decontaminates his face during a mock chemical attack.

  • Spc. James Shipley, a chemical operations specialist for 4th Chem. Co., 1st BSTB, 1st HBCT, checks to make sure a Soldier has donned his Mission Oriented Protective Posture gear properly.

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    Spc. James Shipley, a chemical operations specialist for 4th Chem. Co., 1st BSTB, 1st HBCT, checks to make sure a Soldier has donned his Mission Oriented Protective Posture gear properly.

  • Pfc. Landon Waugh, a military policeman for HHC, 1st BSTB, 1st HBCT, cleans his protective mask during a preventive maintenance checks and services class.

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    Pfc. Landon Waugh, a military policeman for HHC, 1st BSTB, 1st HBCT, cleans his protective mask during a preventive maintenance checks and services class.

Chemical and biological attacks are a threat to a Soldier's life. To help mitigate this threat, Soldiers from 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion conducted training on Nuclear Biological and Chemical tasks Aug. 12-22 at Camp Hovey.

Seven critical tasks, such as the proper way to don Mission Oriented Protective Posture gear properly, decontamination procedures, and how to mark a contaminated area, were taught in various stations all over Hovey.

"I thought it was a good reminder of the NBC tasks," said Yung Jae Ryoo, an interpreter for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st HBCT. "Repetition is necessary because you will end up forgetting this type of stuff if not done regularly."

Soldiers going through the training weren't the only ones learning new things. Some of the instructors found themselves picking up a few new skills as well.

"I learned more about proper radio protocols along with the right time zones," said Spc. Sophie Cantrell, a human intelligence collector for Alpha Company, 1st Brigade Support Troops Battalion and instructor on how to send a NBC report.

"Also, rotating all the MOS's through helped me become a better instructor because I could tailor the class to each specific MOS," she added.

The training, though rigorous at times, helps to ensure that Soldiers will be able to react confidently and correctly during combat situations.

"The main thing was focusing on individual tasks and enhancing the readiness of our Soldiers," said Command Sgt. Maj. William Hunter, 1st BSTB sergeant major.

Another reason for the training is that new Soldiers are coming into Korea everyday and they need to be integrated and brought up to the standards of whatever unit they will join.

"We've had a large turnover of Soldiers in the past three months, so it's good to get those Soldiers on board and trained up," Hunter said. "Especially on these tasks that have to deal with NBC reconnaissance and assembly area occupation, which has been this month's training focus."

"Overall I think the training went well, the stations were well organized and the instructors did a great job teaching the classes and rotating the groups through," Cantrell said.

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