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MCBH to test ability to respond to Weapons of Mass Destruction


Story Identification Number: 2003328144734
Story by Staff Sgt. Robert Carlson

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII, KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii(March 28, 2003) -- The Crisis Management Team aboard MCB Hawaii is scheduled to exercise the installation's ability to react to a Weapons of Mass Destruction incident April 10.

In addition to the MCB Hawaii agencies involved in the Crisis Management Team, Lethal Breeze 03 will include integration of representatives from the Joint Rear Area Coordinator, Hawaii State Civil Defense Agency, the FBI, Castle Medical Center and Tripler Army Medical Center.

A scenario-driven field exercise, Lethal Breeze 03 will help refine procedures for dealing with a chemical or biological incident, and will further increase the anti-terrorism and force protection readiness of the installation.

The exercise will include a mass casualty drill, after which participants will apply their skills to respond to the WMD incident while working to save as many lives as possible.

While the priority of force protection and anti-terrorism agencies is to prevent any type of WMD incident, conducting Lethal Breeze will further improve measures in place to protect U.S. interests, service members, civilian employees, family members, facilities and assets.

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