CAMP ARIFJAN, KUWAIT -- Troops of the 6th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team "Greywolf," 1st Cavalry Division showcased their capabilities to Operation Spartan Shield Deputy Commander Brigadier General John M. Epperly during a 12-hour series of validation training exercises at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, April 21, 2017.
One of the exercises focused on decontaminating vehicles after a simulated chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or explosive attack.
Brig. Gen. Epperly, a former armor officer, talked to soldiers from Apache Troop about chemical attacks in Task Force Spartan's area of operations. Chemical weapons are designed to cause fear and slow down U.S. troops who must don Mission Oriented Protective Posture gear.
It was a theme echoed during an after action review with Apache Troop by chemical officer 2nd Lt. Kayla Long.
"You saw how hard it was to operate out there in MOPP gear," said Long. "The hasty decontamination is to get you all back into the fight."
Six miles away, H Troop trained on self-recovering disabled vehicles by performing hasty repairs and attaching a tow bar. Hasty repairs and vehicle recovery are often performed during real world combat or explosive device situations.
"We are validating our maintenance program and squadron's ability to sustain itself while focused on logistics, CBRNE, medical and communications," said Maj. Robert Cornelius, Operations Officer.
Epperly presented coins to squadron commander Lt. Col. Neil Smith and Command Sgt. Maj. Edward Bryant to recognize their outstanding contributions and leadership as part of Operation Spartan Shield.