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2nd MLG CBRN runs Marines, sailors through advanced sustainment training

US Marine Corps News

By Cpl. Bobbie A. Curtis, 2nd Marine Logistics Group

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- Marines and sailors from 2nd Marine Logistics Group completed chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear decontamination sustainment training, at Camp Lejeune, Oct. 8, 2010.

The four day course, taught by the Marines and Navy corpsmen of the 2nd MLG CBRN section, was designed to teach troops the skills needed to decontaminate personnel and equipment in a contaminated environment.

Corporal Michael J. Bell, the chief instructor from 2nd MLG CBRN, explained that a CBRN defense specialist may not always be on hand and it’s important for all Marines to have a good grasp on CBRN operations.

“The only familiarization they have with our MOS (military occupational specialty) is the training they receive at the gas chamber; this course runs the entire gambit of decontamination,” he said.

This was the second time the course was offered and Bell said that the section hopes to train much of the 2nd MLG to prepare them for possible CBRN incidents.

On Wednesday during the courses field exercise, the students took all the knowledge they learned from classroom instruction the previous two days, and applied it to a simulated decontamination of their fellow students and equipment.

Bell said that the students were able to learn an extensive amount of knowledge in a short period of time. “On day one, 100 percent of them didn’t know how to do this,” he said. “They went from having zero knowledge to learning how to do the most complex operations in our MOS.”

One of the students, Petty Officer 3rd Class Dustin W. Thacker, a corpsmen with 2nd Dental Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd MLG, said he thought the class was very beneficial.

“I learned more about CBRN … the causality decontamination was interesting to me because I’m a doc,” he explained. “I had a really good time, met a lot of good Marines, had fun … and it got me out of the clininc.”

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