NEWS | March 7, 2019

U.S. Soldiers Share Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Techniques and Tactics with Kuwaiti Partners

By Spc. Samantha Petersen Task Force Spartan

Stepping in, zipping up, securing gloves, fastening boots are all steps one must take when getting into a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear suit. Task Force Spartan CBRN personnel from the Ohio National Guard’s 637th Chemical Company conducted an exchange of information with the Kuwait Weapons of Mass Destruction Defense Command on Feb. 14th, 2019 at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.

Lt. Col. Brandi DeGier, a Task Force Spartan CBRN officer explained, “The WMD Defense Command workshop was an exchange between U.S. personnel and Kuwait's Ministry of Defense, WMD Defense Command to assist us in understanding each other’s ability to counter weapons of mass destruction and respond in the event of an incident.”

The CBRN team attended the event as the division’s representatives and subject matter experts during the various workshops. The three-week long workshop provided an unprecedented understanding of command structure, personnel, equipment, training and operations to develop effective future engagements and subject matter expert exchanges for partnership building and interoperability in CBRN operations.

This lead to the unique opportunity for Task Force Spartan’s CBRN professionals to be afforded the opportunity to meet and develop relationships with staff across the WMD Defense Command force.

This workshop wrapped up with the Soldiers from the Ohio National Guard’s 637th Chemical Company assigned to TF Spartan providing a display and layout on the CBRN Dismounted Reconnaissance Sets, Kit and Outfits. The 637th Soldiers spoke to different levels of proof and experimental establishment, and provided a demonstration.

Through Operation Spartan Shield OSS, Task Force Spartan maintains a U.S. military posture in Southwest Asia sufficient to strengthen our defense relationships and build partner capacity.