Army Chemical Review

SUMMER 2013

Army Chemical Review presents professional information about Chemical Corps functions related to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, smoke, flame, and civil support operations.

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focused on TOC operations—specifcally on the ability of the brigade staff to serve as CBRNE experts and to provide a mission command node for technical and operational CBRNE assets while still functioning as a brigade staff. The ability of the staff to understand and apply specialized warfghting functions to the battle was at the forefront of the mission. Key training objectives were to— ● Deploy the brigade staff and certify the staff on its warfghting functions. ● Conduct collaborative and parallel planning with 2ID and 20th Support Command staff to support chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) operations and counter improvised explosive device operations. ● Provide a realistic exercise environment in which to conduct CBRN operations. Soldiers from the 48th Chemical Brigade discuss equipment with a Korean soldier. ● Advise and enable combatant commands by providing CBRNE subject matter expertise. ● Integrate and synchronize with U.S. and Republic of Korea (ROK) counterparts in combating CBRNE threats and adequately employing CBRNE assets. ● Conduct the mission command of subordinate exploitation, elimination, and counter improvised explosive device operations of WMD and time-sensitive targets. ● Refne tactics, techniques, and procedures for conducting CBRNE operations (with guidance from 20th Support Command operational controllers). the English and Korean languages. Elements from the 303d Ordnance Battalion (Explosive Ordnance Disposal [EOD]), headquartered at Schofeld Barracks, Hawaii, were also incorporated into the Spartan team. They provided EOD subject matter expertise and oversight to ensure that EOD assets were leveraged throughout the mission. U.S. and ROK Soldiers (in conjunction with senior leaders and visiting dignitaries) also exchanged recommendations regarding CBRNE defense operations to better interdict the enemy and defend against CBRNE threats. Execution The overall objective of the Warpath III exercise was to assess unit interoperability and responsiveness in combating WMD and CBRNE threats through command post operations. The establishment of a common operational picture across multiple commands and cultures was critical in ensuring an understanding across the battlespace. Elements of the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 48th Chemical Brigade; the 23d Chemical Battalion "Lions;" and the 110th Chemical Battalion (Technical Escort) "Iron Dragons" deployed throughout South Korea in support of this unifed land operations A Korean soldier demonstrates robotic equipment during the Warpath III exercise. exercise. Key leaders of the 24th ROK Battalion, the specialized ROK Army CBRNE forces, and Korean Augmentation to the U.S. Army translators were fused within the Tactical Assembly Area Spartan TOC located at Camp Red Cloud, South Korea, in the vicinity of the 2ID area of operations. This provided the 48th Chemical Brigade with the knowledge of ROK CBRNE assets and the ability to bridge Summer 2013 The 20th Support Command provided other key assets that were critical to the mission. Nuclear disablement teams— consisting of nuclear physicists, chemical specialists, EOD experts, and counterproliferation subject matter experts— contributed to the mission by focusing on the "bigger picture" WMD programs: the infrastructure, facilities, and key individuals involved. In dismantling the WMD network, 49

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