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1 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Lt. Col. David Morrow, Exercise Director assigned to the 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives (CBRNE) Command, briefs key leaders about the collection process during the Prominent Hunt 18-1 exercise at Burbank, Ca., ... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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2 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Matthew Snow, a Department of Energy Analyst, processes ground samples during the Prominent Hunt 18-1 exercise at Burbank, Ca., on April 19, 2018. Exercise Prominent Hunt 18-1 is part of a series of regularly scheduled biannual exercises of the Unite... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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3 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Soldiers, assigned to the 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives (CBRNE) Command, prepare to mount a Airborne, Radiation, Detection, Identification, Management Systems (ARDIMS) to a UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter during the Pr... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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4 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S Army Soldiers, assigned to 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives (CBRNE) Command, prepare to sling load the Humvee to the Chinook at Naval Air Station Point Mugu, Ca., Apr. 16, 2018. The Prominent Hunt 18-1 exercise brings ... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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5 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S Army Soldiers, assigned to 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives (CBRNE) Command, connect the Humvee to the Chinook during sling load training at Naval Air Station Point Mugu, Ca., Apr. 16, 2018. The Prominent Hunt 18-1 exe... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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6 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Participants in the Prominent Hunt 18-1 exercise are escorted in a convoy to the Forward Operating Base in Burbank, Ca., April 16, 2018. The Prominent Hunt 18-1 exercise brings in federal, state, and local agencies to confirm the oncoming 20th Chemic... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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7 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S Army soldiers, assigned to 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives (CBRNE) Command and Fox Company, 2-135th GASAB, finish downloading a Humvee as part of the Prominent Hunt 18-1 training exercise in Burbank Ca., Apr. 17, 2018... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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8 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S Army soldiers, assigned to 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives (CBRNE) Command and Fox Company, 2-135th GASAB, download a Humvee as part of the Prominent Hunt 18-1 training exercise in Burbank Ca., Apr. 17, 2018. The Prom... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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9 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army soldiers, assigned to 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives (CBRNE) Command and Fox Company, 2-135th GASAB, download a Humvee as part of the Prominent Hunt 18-1 training exercise at Big Tujunga Dam, Ca., Apr. 18, 2018... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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10 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Col. Marty Muchow, 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives (CBRNE) Command Deputy Commander-Operations, sits in a key leaders brief during the Prominent Hunt 18-1 exercise at Burbank, Ca., on April 18, 2018. The Promine... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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11 / 11 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Joseph Woodside from Dublin, Ca., assigned to the 51st Chemical Company, 48th Chemical Brigade, 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives (CBRNE) Command, signals a thumbs up to his team after collecting ground... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

BURBANK, Calif. - Soldiers from the 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives (CBRNE) Command's Ground Collection Team deployed with the National Technical Nuclear Forensics Ground Collections Task Force (NTNF GCTF) as part of Exercise Prominent Hunt 18-1 conducted in Los Angeles and Burbank, California, April 16-20.

The Ground Collection Team consisted of Soldiers from the command's Nuclear Disablement Team 1 out of Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland and the 51st Chemical Company Hazardous Response Platoon out of Fort Stewart, Georgia.

The NTNF GCTF is comprised of operational components from the Department of Justice/ Federal Bureau of Investigation (DOJ/FBI), Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA), and the Department of Defense (DOD). Each component is assigned with specific roles and responsibilities to capitalize on the strengths of their respective agencies.

The multi-agency exercise is part of a series of regularly scheduled biannual training exercises of the U.S government's NTNF GCTF that have been conducted since 2012. It provides the NTNF GCTF an opportunity to practice and enhance their operational response readiness in the event of a terrorist initiated nuclear detonation anywhere in the United States or abroad. It also allows for evaluation of the Ground Collection Team and the NTNF GCTF's capability to efficiently mobilize, deploy, plan, collect material and debris samples, and process and prepare those samples for transport to designated analytical laboratories in a post detonation environment - in addition to operating and coordinating with other state and federal agencies.

According to Lt. Col. Dave Morrow, Nuclear Disablement Team Chief, 20th CBRNE Command and exercise director, Prominent Hunt not only provides training and validation for the Army team that is assuming the mission, but it also gives the team an opportunity to work hand in hand with local, state, and federal civilian agencies, which is not a regular part of their training.

"It is only in Prominent Hunt where every six months we bring the interagency team together and practice in the field, in a neutral location away from everybody's home station and go through all the activities the task force will have to do upon actual deployment," said the Rochester, New York native.

This proved to be true for Spc. Charles Babcock, a CBRN Soldier with the 51st Chemical Company.

"This is the second task force that I've been a part of but it's also the first where I've had the opportunity to work with civilian agencies other than DOD," said Babcock. "It really shows how big of a deal this is," he said referring to working with such high level agencies.

Babcock found training in the highly populated Burbank area to be beneficial. "It really hits home when we train in a civilian environment with so many people around. It opens up the picture," said the Omaha, Neb., native.

There were three main factors that played into choosing the Burbank and Los Angeles areas for the first iteration of Prominent Hunt, said Morrow. One was the mountainous terrain located next to the exercise's forward operating base at Hollywood Burbank Airport and the requirement to communicate relatively long distances in such rugged terrain.

"The other was the urbanization, the high population density, and a lot of vehicular traffic - which is probably what we would have to deal with in an urban environment," Morrow said.

Overall, Prominent Hunt 18-1 was a resounding success, said Morrow and he attributed a lot of that back to the coordination and cooperation between the local, state and federal partners.

"The most important thing we do here in Prominent Hunt is exercise the capabilities of the interagency task force. It's a matter of bringing together our partners from FBI, DOE, as well as various Army units. Each department and agency brings something different and that is vital to mission success."

Exercise Prominent Hunt 18-1 was conducted in coordination with the 244th Aviation Brigade/Army Reserve Command (ARAC), Domestic Nuclear Defense Office (DNDO), California State and local law enforcement, fire, emergency management, and public health agencies, as well as the California National Guard 9th WMD Civil Support Team and Naval Base Ventura County Point Mugu.