EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska – Team Eielson trained on handling chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats during Exercise Golden Raven 23-1.
“The exercise is designed to allow the 168th Wing and 354th Fighter Wing to perform their mission critical tasks and assess their ability to survive and operate in a CBRN environment,” said Lt. Colonel Katarzyna Johnson, Inspector General of the 168th Wing.
The goal is to support KC-135 and other flight missions to refuel planes and fly them.
“For a unit to have proper command, control and communication, it is imperative that we have realistic drills for all of our members to learn and unify,” Master Sgt. Douglas Weber, 168th Wing Controller Technician and member of the Wing Inspection Team.
The CBRN exercise is one of many annual readiness training requirements. The exercise prepares personnel to survive in a compromised environment and mitigate the effects of a CBRN attack.
“Phase II exercises are important to keep members up to date with training requirements. Not only how to properly use the equipment, but also how to handle tasks such as PAR scans or field duties,” said Tech Sgt. Vincent Mckiernan, 168th Logistics Readiness Squadron, mobile and heavy equipment maintainer, and member of the wing inspection team.
“PAR teams are the first line of the unit to ensure the safety of all members within their area of control. PAR teams sound the alarm if buildings are unsafe, people are injured, or there is a new hazard in the area, such as UXO or CBRN. They are the eyes of unity on what is happening in our external environments,” Weber said.
Participants performed the exercise in phases. Each squadron has trained as a team to be comfortable deploying where CBRN attacks pose a threat.