The HA platoon is capable of CBRN dismounted reconnaissance and limited operational decontamination
. Dismounted reconnaissance is used to address priority intelligence requirements and illegal trends.
is a brigade combat team organic capability.
The CBRN specialist's job is to ensure that each battalion and squadron can perform operational decontamination
after a persistent chemical attack.
Since the Cold War, Army maneuver units have been manned, equipped, and trained to conduct operational decontamination
for their own elements, as needed.
The decontamination squads, which are equipped with two M26 Joint Service Transportable Decontamination System--Small Scale power drive decontamination apparatuses, can conduct supported operational decontamination
and can support thorough decontamination operations.
The Chemical Corps is a branch that takes pride in its technical nature; however, we limit the capabilities that we can provide to commanders by remaining focused on operational decontamination
, thorough decontamination, and mass casualty decontamination.
The ability to successfully conduct collective CBRN tasks, such as operational decontamination
and thorough decontamination, relies on the ability of Soldiers to master individual CBRN tasks.
* Operational Decontamination. The definition for operational decontamination has changed and now includes two new levels of effort--minimal and extensive.
Minimal operational decontamination has a measurable standard of completion--no detectable vapor hazards.
Over a four-year period, I conducted LTXs on platoon smoke and operational decontamination
, company level react-to-chemical-attack missions, regimental CBRN staff operations, and chemical company decontamination and reconnaissance.
Immediately following the demonstration, soldiers from 2/101st Chemical Company conducted an operational decontamination
of the Fox.
(2) The only chemical personnel, capabilities, and equipment remaining in the digitized division are a 21-man NBC-reconnaissance detachment, staff expertise at each level of command, and the capability to conduct operational decontamination