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Aircrew trains for CBRN attack response

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  • By Senior Airman Juliet Louden
  • 910th Airlfit Wing Public Affairs

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.