Security (S&B/CBRNE) Magazine

SUM 2016

Security & Border Protection and CST & CBRNE Source Book, published jointly, concentrate on WMD response, NGB training, counterterrorism, and border security

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Page 9 of 35 8 | S&BP and CST & CBRNE l Summer 2016 Command Spotlight: U.S. Army 20th CBRNE PROMOTING NATIONAL SECURITY SINCE 1919 AUGUST 29 - SEPT 1, 2016 WWW.NDIA.ORG/EXHIBITS/6780 COLUMBUS, OH DLA Land & Maritime Supplier Conference & Exposition "Maximizing Warfighter Readiness Today and Tomorrow... the Strategic Advantage of Better Buying Power" Book Your Booth Online Today! instructors to a company sized level. Also in Africa, the 1st Area Medical Laboratory and the 48th CBRN Brigade both deployed to Liberia in 2014 to stop the spread of Ebola. There they worked with non-governmental organizations and interagency partners such as the U.S. Agency for International Development. This deployment demonstrated the ability of the 20th CBRNE Command to deploy to an austere environment and work with a myriad of agencies in an active CBRNE environment. The command is also working with other international partners and allies in Europe. We have an EOD company deployed to Kosovo in support of NATO's Kosovo Force to eliminate the unexploded ordnances and munitions. In April our EOD team along with EOD teams from the Kosovo Security Forces, Switzerland, Ukraine, Moldova came together at the Orahovac Demolition Range for a joint operation to dispose of more than 60 UXOs turned over to the KSF and NATO. In addition to the Kosovo mission, we support NATO exercises like Iron Mask. Iron Mask is a defensive CBRN exercise designed to protect the sovereignty of a NATO nation. During the 11-day exercise in June, the 48th CBRN Brigade trained alongside other NATO nations; Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands in a variety of missions ranging from operating in a decisive action environment exploiting a clandestine laboratory to operating in a defense to civil authorities environment assessing a derailed train. This exercise forced all four nations to work closely together and helped each nation identify the capability gaps between them. We also support NATO's Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan with an EOD battalion. They are working with our Afghan partners to develop capacity and capability in their EOD ranks and also working tirelessly to protect NATO and partner nation lives by defusing improvised explosive devices. In the Middle East, we are supporting Operation Inherent Resolve with Task Force Atlas and the CBRNE Analytical and Remediation Activity Mobile Expeditionary Lab. Finally, in Korea, we work closely with the Republic of Korea Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Defense Command (CBRDC). In Korea we have a common goal and objective, to eliminate the threat of weapons of mass destruction. Each year we have multiple interactions ranging from table top exercises to scenario training at various sites in Korea. The 71st Ordnance Group (EOD) and the 48th CBRN Brigade also works closely with the 2nd Infantry Division, the U.S. Army's only permanently forward-stationed division. As CBRNE professionals dispersed across the United States in 16 states, on 19 installations, it remains critical both for our EOD forces and our CBRN forces to build relationships with our civilian, federal and international allies and partners because in our line of work it is all about relationships. We must know the response protocols and procedures as well as how each other operate, their tactics and equipment. CBRNE soldiers and our civilian counterparts execute operations to mitigate most dangerous weapons in the world, and we owe it to the public to ensure we are prepared. Liberty We Defend!

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