Two U.S. Army Bradley Fighting Vehicles form the 4th Battalion, 70th Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, maneuver across the National Training Center during Decisive Action Rotation 21-10 on Fort Irwin, California, Sept. 20. Decisive action rotations at the National Training Center ensure Brigade Combat Teams remain versatile, responsive and consistently available for current and future contingencies. U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Gosselin Ryan, Operations Group, National Training Center.
1 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Two U.S. Army Bradley Fighting Vehicles form the 4th Battalion, 70th Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, maneuver across the National Training Center during Decisive Action Rotation 21-10 on Fort Irwin, California, Sept. 20. Decisive action rotations at the National Training Center ensure Brigade Combat Teams remain versatile, responsive and consistently available for current and future contingencies. U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Gosselin Ryan, Operations Group, National Training Center. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Army Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, attempt to clear a building of simulated enemy opposing forces during Decisive Action Rotation 21-10 at the National Training Center on Fort Irwin, California, Sept. 16. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Geordan J. Tyquiengco, Operations Group, National Training Center.
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Armored vehicles from the 4th Battalion, 70th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, move in a convoy during Decisive Action Rotation 21-10 at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California, Sept. 11. Decisive action rotations ensure Brigade Combat Teams remain versatile, responsive and consistently available for current and future contingencies. U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Jordan Leroy, Operations Group, National Training Center.
3 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Armored vehicles from the 4th Battalion, 70th Armor Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, move in a convoy during Decisive Action Rotation 21-10 at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California, Sept. 11. Decisive action rotations ensure Brigade Combat Teams remain versatile, responsive and consistently available for current and future contingencies. U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Jordan Leroy, Operations Group, National Training Center. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

FORT IRWIN, California – Soldiers from the 2nd Chemical Battalion “Red Dragons” and the “Ready First” 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, overcame all hazards during a large scale combat operations exercise at the National Training Center, Sept 15 – 28.

The Fort Hood, Texas-based battalion and Fort Bliss, Texas-based brigade participated in Decisive Action Rotation 21-10 at the nation’s premier ground combat training center.

Across California’s Mojave Desert, U.S. Army combat units hone their skills against opposition forces from the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment during the decisive action rotations designed to keep them ready for any contingency or conflict.

As the U.S. Army transitions from decades of counterinsurgency operations, training rotations are focused on preparing maneuver units for large scale combat operations against an enemy that could use chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons.

The 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team is part of the 1st Armored Division, also known as “Old Ironsides.” The 2nd Chemical Battalion is part of the Fort Hood, Texas-based 48th Chemical Brigade and 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRNE) Command.

A Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear specialist from the 2nd Chemical Battalion secures mission oriented protective posture gear during Decisive Action Rotation 21-10 at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California, Sept. 16. Soldiers from the Fort Hood, Texas-based 2nd Chemical Battalion trained with the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, during the rotation. U.S. Army Photo by Cpl. Khari Bridges, Operations Group, National Training Center.
1 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear specialist from the 2nd Chemical Battalion secures mission oriented protective posture gear during Decisive Action Rotation 21-10 at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California, Sept. 16. Soldiers from the Fort Hood, Texas-based 2nd Chemical Battalion trained with the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, during the rotation. U.S. Army Photo by Cpl. Khari Bridges, Operations Group, National Training Center. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
A Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear specialist from the 2nd Chemical Battalion takes pictures of potential biological hazards during Decisive Action Rotation 21-10 at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California, Sept. 16. Soldiers from the Fort Hood, Texas-based 2nd Chemical Battalion trained with the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, during the rotation. U.S. Army Photo by Cpl. Khari Bridges, Operations Group, National Training Center.
2 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear specialist from the 2nd Chemical Battalion takes pictures of potential biological hazards during Decisive Action Rotation 21-10 at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California, Sept. 16. Soldiers from the Fort Hood, Texas-based 2nd Chemical Battalion trained with the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, during the rotation. U.S. Army Photo by Cpl. Khari Bridges, Operations Group, National Training Center. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
A Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear specialist from the 2nd Chemical Battalion looks for potential biohazards during Decisive Action Rotation 21-10 on Fort Irwin, California, Sept. 16. The 2nd Chemical Battalion is part of the 48th Chemical Brigade and 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives (CBRNE) Command. U.S. Army Photo by Cpl. Khari Bridges, Operations Group, National Training Center.
3 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear specialist from the 2nd Chemical Battalion looks for potential biohazards during Decisive Action Rotation 21-10 on Fort Irwin, California, Sept. 16. The 2nd Chemical Battalion is part of the 48th Chemical Brigade and 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives (CBRNE) Command. U.S. Army Photo by Cpl. Khari Bridges, Operations Group, National Training Center. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

Headquartered on Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, the 20th CBRNE Command has Soldiers and civilians stationed on 19 bases in 16 states who deploy around the world to take on CBRNE threats in support of military operations and domestic civil authorities.

Maj. Chris A. Chavis, the 2nd Chemical Battalion operations officer, said Decisive Action Rotation 21-10 was one of the largest rotations at NTC since 1985 and included an unprecedented amount of CBRN munitions used on a rotational unit. The battalion began preparing for the training rotation with the 1st ABCT earlier this year.

The rotation presented many dilemmas to the entire 1st ABCT team to include fighting against a peer-like competitor with a robust CBRN delivery capability, said Chavis.

“This was my forth NTC rotation in my career and by far the most CBRNE intensive training experience at a Combat Training Center,” said Chavis, an Operation Enduring Freedom veteran from Niceville, Florida.

Chavis said the battalion adapted quickly by designating pre-determined decontamination elements to areas of the battlefield instead of focusing on particular units, while keeping the brigade elements informed.

Sharing the information with all elements within the brigade area of operations better prepared the units to confront and defeat CBRN threats, said Chavis.

The 2nd Chemical Battalion has both decontamination and Weapons of Mass Destruction elimination capabilities with Hazard Assessment Platoons and CBRNE Response Teams that can limit enemy CBRN research and development capabilities. The battalion’s Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicles also provide early warning, detection and surveillance of CBRN threats on the battlefield.

A U.S. Army Paladin from the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, fires a round during Decisive Action Rotation 21-10 at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California, Sept. 22. Decisive action rotations ensure Brigade Combat Teams remain versatile, responsive and consistently available for current and future contingencies. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kyle Goines, Operations Group, National Training Center.
1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A U.S. Army Paladin from the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, fires a round during Decisive Action Rotation 21-10 at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California, Sept. 22. Decisive action rotations ensure Brigade Combat Teams remain versatile, responsive and consistently available for current and future contingencies. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kyle Goines, Operations Group, National Training Center. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Soldiers from the 6th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, maneuver through the National Training Center during Decisive Action Rotation 21-10 on Fort Irwin, California, Sept. 19. Decisive action rotations ensure Brigade Combat Teams remain versatile, responsive and consistently available for current and future contingencies. U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Kyle Goines, Operations Group, National Training Center.
2 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers from the 6th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, maneuver through the National Training Center during Decisive Action Rotation 21-10 on Fort Irwin, California, Sept. 19. Decisive action rotations ensure Brigade Combat Teams remain versatile, responsive and consistently available for current and future contingencies. U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Kyle Goines, Operations Group, National Training Center. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

“These capabilities will no doubt save lives and protect the force in order to maintain the lethality of our Soldiers in the next large scale combat operations environment,” said Chavis.

Col. Stephen A. Fairless, the commander of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, said the 2nd Chemical Battalion played an instrumental role during the rotation.

“The Soldiers of 2nd Chemical Battalion, the Red Dragons, not only participated in one of the largest decisive action NTC rotations in recent memory, through their contributions to NTC 21-10, they immeasurably improved the readiness of our brigade as we prepare for a rotational deployment to the Republic of Korea. It was a true privilege to integrate with and learn from the Red Dragons team,” said Fairless, a native of Flint, Michigan, who has commanded the “Ready First” brigade since July 24, 2020.