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Aircrew trains for CBRN attack response

Master Sgt. Phil Walsh, aircrew flight equipment supervisor assigned to the 910th Operations Support Squadron, debriefs aircrew members assigned to the 757th Airlift Squadron on May 4, 2019.

Master Sgt. Phil Walsh, aircrew flight equipment supervisor assigned to the 910th Operations Support Squadron, debriefs aircrew members assigned to the 757th Airlift Squadron on May 4, 2019. The aircrew members here took part in an aircrew chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear defense training to practice operating in a chemical threat area. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Juliet Louden)

Master Sgt. Phil Walsh, aircrew flight equipment supervisor assigned to the 910th Operations Support Squadron, pats down Senior Airman Kaleb Walker, a loadmaster assigned to the 757th Airlift Squadron with a decontamination mitt on May 4, 2019.

Master Sgt. Phil Walsh, aircrew flight equipment supervisor assigned to the 910th Operations Support Squadron, pats down Senior Airman Kaleb Walker, a loadmaster assigned to the 757th Airlift Squadron with a decontamination mitt on May 4, 2019. The mitt absorbs any chemical on the outside of the aircrew’s garment. The aircrew members here took part in an aircrew chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear defense training to practice operating in a chemical threat area. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Juliet Louden)

Tech. Sgt. Rob Runnion, an aircrew flight equipment technician assigned to the 910th Operations Support Squadron, gives instructions for the next step in the processing line to Senior Airman Kaleb Walker, a loadmaster assigned to the 757th Airlift Squadron on May 4, 2019.

Tech. Sgt. Rob Runnion, an aircrew flight equipment technician assigned to the 910th Operations Support Squadron, gives instructions for the next step in the processing line to Senior Airman Kaleb Walker, a loadmaster assigned to the 757th Airlift Squadron on May 4, 2019. Walker and other aircrew members here took part in an aircrew chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear defense training to practice operating in a chemical threat area. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Juliet Louden)

Senior Master Sgt. Jim Haupt, superintendent of aircrew flight equipment assigned to the 910th Operations Support Squadron, checks the fitting of an aircrew eye respiratory protection system of Master Sgt. Rich Lawton, an instructor flight engineer assigned to the 757th Airlift Squadron on May 4, 2019.

Senior Master Sgt. Jim Haupt, superintendent of aircrew flight equipment assigned to the 910th Operations Support Squadron, checks the fitting of an aircrew eye respiratory protection system of Master Sgt. Rich Lawton, an instructor flight engineer assigned to the 757th Airlift Squadron on May 4, 2019. The aircrew members here took part in an aircrew chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear defense training to practice operating in a chemical threat area. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Juliet Louden)

YOUNGSTOWN AIR RESERVE STATION, Ohio --

Reserve Citizen Airmen from the 910th Operations Group participated in an Aircrew Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear defense training event here, May 4, 2019. ACBRN training is conducted every two years as a requirement for aircrew members who might have to operate in a chemical threat area. 

This year’s exercise reflects recent changes made to the ACBRN training.

“Procedures have changed, and there is a new school of thought,” said Senior Master Sgt. Jim Haupt, superintendent of aircrew flight equipment for the 910th Operations Support Squadron. “Simplify the process, bottom line.”

The training is designed to help aircrew members keep their response skills current.

“We do this training to keep them alive,” said Master Sgt. Phil Walsh, aircrew flight equipment supervisor for the 910th OSS, “so they can survive and fight another day.”

One of the aircrew participants reflected on the significance of ACBRN training.

“The training is intense, and in an actual emergency situation I have to be faster,” said Senior Airman Kaleb Walker, a loadmaster with the 757th Airlift Squadron. “I would not know what to do without this type of training.”

The training was conducted in a lightweight inflatable decontamination system. It consisted of equipment donning and doffing, buddy dressing procedures, aircrew contamination control area processing and ensemble limitations.