Ready for any environmental threat

Combat Support Group (CSG) personnel prepared for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defence (CBRND) operations during Exercise Toxic Gauntlet at RAAF Base Amberley.

CAPTION: RAAF personnel from 23 Squadron prepare to refuel a C-17A Globemaster III aircraft as part of Exercise Toxic Gauntlet at RAAF Base Amberley, Queensland. Story by Flight Lieutenant Suellen Heath. Photo by Leading Aircraftwoman Taylor Anderson.

The activity allowed the personnel to work with other CSG elements and Air Mobility Group (AMG) to prepare for real-time environmental threats.

Exercise Control and CBRND subject-matter expert Warrant Officer Anthony Hartley said the two-week exercise equipped more than 320 aviators from CSG and AMG with essential skills.

“During the first week, over 280 CSG aviators received base-line training on the new CBRND equipment,” Warrant Officer Hartley said.

“In the second week, we had a team from CSG and AMG conduct a successful simulated aviation refuel of a C-17A Globemaster III in CBRND individual protection ensemble.”

The aviation refuel training introduced activities in a simulated contaminated environment, with trainers and mentors observing and providing feedback.

“In addition to the aviation refuel activity, another team from CSG conducted a successful familiarisation activity with new L2110-1B Collective Decontamination – Medium equipment,” Warrant Officer Hartley said.

The familiarisation training involved establishing the decontamination capability which will assist in progressing the L2110-1B project timeline to final operating capability in the coming 12 months.

“To ensure that we can continue to project airpower in a CBRND threat environment, it is critical that we establish a robust CBRND capability,” he said.

“Having CBRND subject-matter experts from the US Air Force, Pacific Air Forces Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Army Headquarters and Air Command added value to the training by sharing their broad range of experience and knowledge.”


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