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May 19, 2010
Kingsley Field Airman helps Air National Guard team win USAF CBRN Challenge
 
During the recently completed Air Force Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Challenge, TSgt Morgan Smith of the 173d Fighter Wing assisted the Air National Guard team to an overall First Place finish over nine other active-duty Air Force major command teams. The ANG Challenge 2010 team consisted of Lt Col Bill Antoszewski and TSgt Ann McCormick from the 180th Bioenvironmental Engineering office, as well as TSgt Jeff Sharpmack and TSgt Tim Booth of the Arkansas ANG and TSgt Morgan Smith of the Oregon ANG.

The AF CBRN Challenge is an annual competition intended to showcase the joint CBRN response strategic partnership of AF Bioenvironmental Engineering (BE) and Civil Engineering Emergency Management (EM) officers and technicians. Each of the ten major command teams were represented by one BE officer, two BE technicians, and two EM technicians.

The CBRN Challenge was held May 10 – 14 at the Center for National Response (CNR) located south of Charleston, West Virginia. The CNR, owned by the National Guard Bureau and operated by the West Virginia National Guard, is the premier DoD facility for CBRN response training. The centerpiece of the CNR facility is a 3/4 mile long mountain tunnel, formerly used as part of the West Virginia Turnpike. Opened in 2000, the CNR Tunnel is an all-weather training facility that can be configured for any number of realistic exercises and scenarios. Training at the Tunnel is enhanced by the controlled use of live chemical agents and radiological materials.

During this year's CBRN Challenge, the teams faced a wide variety of scenarios ranging from a chemical gas release on the Washington, D.C. subway system, to a weapons cache in an Afghan mountain cave, to a disgruntled Airman's dorm room at Scott AFB. In each scenario, BE and EM team members were given three hours to work with an evaluator/controller "incident commander" and establish scene control, survey and identify CBRN hazards, develop health risk assessments, and provide recommendations for personnel protection and mitigation. Joint BE and EM technician teams were required to start up, calibrate, and test all detection equipment and make multiple entries into the emergency scene in Level A chemical protective suits and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) to identify the CBRN hazards. They were also evaluated on their ability to properly operate the detection equipment, sample and containerize hazardous materials for off-site analysis, and preserve criminal evidence. BE officers were evaluated on their ability to manage an emergency response team within the AF Incident Management System (AFIMS) framework, develop appropriate sampling and detection plans, and their use of the entry team's information to identify the overall CBRN hazard and health risk.

The ANG team participated in a total of eight scenarios; the ANG team placed first in 5 of the 7 major events and second in the remaining two scenarios. Thus "team ANG" was named the overall AF CBRN Challenge 2010 winner.
 
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Contact Info: Story courtesy of NGB/A7X
Contact Lt Col Martin Balakas, (541)885-6308, martin.balakas@ang.af.mil