By Sgt. Kim Browne, HQ, 1st Cav. Div. PAOFebruary 22, 2011
FORT HOOD, Texas - The operation tempo of today's Army is that of a high caliber, so is the advancement within each of its military occupational specialties. These progressions help each Soldier with knowledge and new devices to better themselves and the Army.
As a result of these changes the 1st Cavalry Division held a CBRN conference, Feb. 17, to educate all chemical corps Soldiers on Fort Hood about gains within their corps at Club Hood.
"I wanted to bring together the CBRN family and give them updates on things as the restructuring on the CBRN Corps, what direction we're going in, the campaign plan for the chemical regiment and to keep everyone in touch," said Sgt. Maj. Gilbert Hurte, the division's Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear and High-Yield Explosives Sergeant Major.
The conference started off with the CBRN Corps Vision Brief given by Col. Vance Visser, commandant, U.S. Army Chemical Regiment, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.
"Every day Soldiers believe there isn't much of a CBRN threat but actually the threat is there, and is growing, both overseas and at home," Visser said.
Throughout the day the conference covered areas such as personnel development for both enlisted and officers, career development and mentorship, and personal development.
Personnel development was talked on by a former Cav. Trooper, Sgt. Maj. Montonya Boozier, U.S. Army CBRN School personnel development sergeant major, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. She touched on noncommissioned officer schools available, and which should be taken before promotion, within the chemical corps.
The final briefing of the day covered new equipment within the chemical corps highlighting the Nuclear Biological and Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicle.
Sgt. 1st Class Carlos Gomez, platoon sergeant, Reconnaissance Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cav. Div., and native of Laredo, Texas, covered the capabilities of the NBCRV and had two static displays set up outside of Club Hood for the Soldiers to see what the vehicle is all about.
"If you're not in one of these crews you are not likely to see one of these vehicles," Gomez said.
"[The conference] is a great opportunity for Soldiers who have never seen this vehicle or looked it over," he added.
Many chemical corps Soldiers were in attendance and expressions of gratification were heard throughout.
"If it wasn't for the conference I wouldn't have known a lot of this information," said Spc. Millan Maira, Company B, 215th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team.
All in all the conference gave chemical corps Soldiers on Fort Hood the chance to expand their knowledge and increase their awareness of the many changing aspects within their job field.