ELMA, Washington (Sept. 26, 2014) -- Soldiers from the 20th CBRNE Command (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives), trained to operate in confined spaces at the Satsop Nuclear Power Plant here.
The 110th Chemical Battalion (Technical Escort) practiced rappelling into and training in confined spaces at the unfinished nuclear power plant southeast of Olympia, Washington.
The Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington-based 110th Chemical Battalion is part of the Fort Hood, Texas-based 48th Chemical Brigade, and the Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland-based 20th CBRNE Command.
Stationed on 19 posts in 16 states, the 20th CBRNE Command trains and operates around the world with joint, interagency and allied partners to counter weapons of mass destruction, eliminate CBRNE threats, and defeat IEDs.
Maj. Jonathan M. Larmore, the executive officer of the 110th Chemical Battalion (Technical Escort), said the confined-spaces training is required for CBRN technical escort units.
"The technical escort companies have assigned confined-space master trainers that provide training as required throughout the unit, and CBRNE Response Teams are evaluated in confined-space operations during team certification exercises," said Larmore, a native of Poplar Bluff, Missouri.
The semi-annual training was held at the unfinished nuclear power plant, according to Larmore, because the large facility has open, urban and underground terrain features.
"The size and scope of the facility enables the unit to develop challenging training scenarios for our Soldiers, in a realistic environment," said Larmore.