Security (S&B/CBRNE) Magazine

Summer 2017

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

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CBR gear during a brief three to five day visit – it has set the example of how ships should be supported." Support Objectives to be Met CBR support includes the creation of a readiness assist visit (RAV) tasking intended to ensure 100% of deploying ships have full CBR capabilities and that Sailors' level of knowledge on the operation and maintenance of CBR equipment improves continually. In order to meet these objectives, the following is performed by the RAV team: • Perform a comprehensive assessment of a ship's CBR equipment within 90 days of deployment • Conduct hands-on CBR level of knowledge and on the job training with the warfighter • Follow up with the ship 60 days after a RAV to include the status of maintenance actions identified during the RAV and to provide the data to primary sponsors every 30 days for analysis The response from the Fleet has been overwhelming over the past 10 years and subsequently the team has grown from three to more than 20 personnel. Global support is being provided by the CBR Defense Division in the areas where the Navy warfighters are present. Not a day goes by without having members from the team on the deckplates working with ship personnel. "RAV is definitely a great help to our division and the training provided was excellent," emphasized LTJG Ashley Gernhardt, Damage Control Assistant, USS Cole (DDG 67). "My division was able to gain a lot more knowledge for CBR and is more comfortable with the topic. Overall, RAV was a huge benefit for USS Cole, and we greatly appreciate the Waterfront Team's help!" "The Waterfont team continues to develop since its inception, always eager to take on new challenges and improve processes while ensuring the Fleet gets the help or support they need," said Jeff Smith, CBR Defense Division Waterfront Team lead. By the end of this fiscal year, the following accomplishments will have been performed by the team: Deploying ships will have received a Readiness Assist Visit. All deploying ships will receive 100% of their consumables in accordance with the CBR allowable equipage list, at a cost of $1 million. This cost represents an annual cost savings of $1.2 million if each ship would perform separately. Although more than 500 warfighters will have been trained in CBR readiness, their ability to utilize the knowledge gained is also at an exceptionally high level as evidenced by the significant improvements to distributed written assessments that measure their knowledge prior to and after receiving the training. All are able to meet the roles and responsibilities that will need to be executed in the instance of a CBR event. In addition to meeting all of these objectives, overall acquisition costs dropped significantly through the implementation of an overall culture of affordability. Some of these have included: E NO Simple Sugars E Prevents and Corrects Dehydration E No Cramping E Most Easily Digested Sports Drink Available E Class VIII Certified E National Stock Numbers (NSNs) on All Products E DLA Contract (DAPA; Prime Vendor; FSS; CAGE code 020B7) r i c e - b a s e d h y d r a t i o n 111 12th Street, Suite 100 Columbus, GA 31901 706.221.1542 EOD/IED & Countermine Symposium 14-15 November 2017 The Mary M. Gates Learning Center, Alexandria, VA COUNTERMINE.DSIGROUP.ORG FLEET PROTECTION CBR DETECTION AND COUNTERMEASURE 6 | S&B / CST & CBRNE | Summer 2017

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