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374th MDG Hosts Joint Bilateral CBRN Training

Mr. Laukton Rimpel, MCBC Instructor, demonstrates how to use tabletop simulations for real-world results at Yokota Air Base, Japan, August 8, 2018.

Mr. Laukton Rimpel, MCBC Instructor, demonstrates how to use tabletop simulations for real-world results at Yokota Air Base, Japan, August 8, 2018. Yokota hosted the Medical Management of Chemical and Biological Casualties Short Course, which was a joint, bi-lateral training course for service members from all over the Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Justin Carnahan)

Hospital Corpsman Third Class Yunior Castano Perez, from Yokosuka Medical Center, displays the utility of the personal first aid kit issued with MOPP gear at Yokota Air Base, Japan, August 8, 2018.

Hospital Corpsman Third Class Yunior Castano Perez, from Yokosuka Medical Center, displays the utility of the personal first aid kit issued with MOPP gear at Yokota Air Base, Japan, August 8, 2018. Yokota hosted the Medical Management of Chemical and Biological Casualties Short Course, which was a joint, bi-lateral training course for service members from all over the Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Justin Carnahan)

Medical personnel from Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, and Yokota Air Base, Japan worked together during the tabletop exercise portion of the Medical Management of Chemical and Biological Casualties (MCBC) Short Course held at Yokota Air Base, Japan, August 8, 2018.

Medical personnel from Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, and Yokota Air Base, Japan worked together during the tabletop exercise portion of the Medical Management of Chemical and Biological Casualties (MCBC) Short Course held at Yokota Air Base, Japan, August 8, 2018. MCBC was a joint, bi-lateral training course for service members from all over the Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Justin Carnahan)

Retired Army Col. Scott Stanek, MCBC Instructor, delivers classroom instruction to United States Airmen and Japanese Ground Defense Forces at Yokota Air Base, Japan, August 8, 2018.

Retired Army Col. Scott Stanek, MCBC Instructor, delivers classroom instruction to United States Airmen and Japanese Ground Defense Forces at Yokota Air Base, Japan, August 8, 2018. Yokota hosted the Medical Management of Chemical and Biological Casualties Short Course, which was a joint, bi-lateral training course for service members from all over the Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Justin Carnahan)

Japanese Ground Defense Forces demonstrate their plans to set up a decontamination area during a tabletop simulation at Yokota Air Base, Japan, August 8, 2018.

Japanese Ground Defense Forces demonstrate their plans to set up a decontamination area during a tabletop simulation at Yokota Air Base, Japan, August 8, 2018. Yokota hosted the Medical Management of Chemical and Biological Casualties Short Course, which was a joint, bi-lateral training course for service members from all over the Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Justin Carnahan)

Members from the medical field prepare for practical training by getting into MOPP 2 gear at Yokota Air Base, Japan, August 8, 2018.

Members from the medical field prepare for practical training by getting into MOPP 2 gear at Yokota Air Base, Japan, August 8, 2018. Yokota hosted the Medical Management of Chemical and Biological Casualties Short Course, which was a joint, bi-lateral training course for service members from all over the Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Justin Carnahan)

Mr. Laukton Rimpel, MCBC Instructor, demonstrates the usefulness of the personal first aid kit included with MOPP gear at Yokota Air Base, Japan, August 8, 2018

Mr. Laukton Rimpel, MCBC Instructor, demonstrates the usefulness of the personal first aid kit included with MOPP gear at Yokota Air Base, Japan, August 8, 2018. Yokota hosted the Medical Management of Chemical and Biological Casualties Short Course, which was a joint, bi-lateral training course for service members from all over the Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Justin Carnahan)

Mr. Laukton Rimpel, MCBC Instructor, demonstrates the usefulness of the personal first aid kit included with MOPP gear at Yokota Air Base, Japan, August 8, 2018

Staff Sgt. Lauren Spacher, Medical Material Specialist, practices donning her gas mask correctly at Yokota Air Base, Japan, August 8, 2018. Yokota hosted the Medical Management of Chemical and Biological Casualties Short Course, which was a joint, bi-lateral training course for service members from all over the Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Justin Carnahan)

Mr. Laukton Rimpel, MCBC Instructor, demonstrates the usefulness of the personal first aid kit included with MOPP gear at Yokota Air Base, Japan, August 8, 2018

Members from the 374th Medical Group check each other's MOPP gear to ensure proper protection is achieved after donning the equipment at Yokota Air Base, Japan, August 8, 2018. Yokota hosted the Medical Management of Chemical and Biological Casualties Short Course, which was a joint, bi-lateral training course for service members from all over the Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Justin Carnahan)

Mr. Laukton Rimpel, MCBC Instructor, demonstrates the usefulness of the personal first aid kit included with MOPP gear at Yokota Air Base, Japan, August 8, 2018
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The 374th Medical Group's Decontamination Team demonstrated their procedures for cleaning up a chemical or biological attack at Yokota Air Base, Japan, August 8, 2018. Yokota hosted the Medical Management of Chemical and Biological Casualties Short Course, which was a joint, bi-lateral training course for service members from all over the Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Justin Carnahan)

Medical personnel observe the 374th Medical Group's Decontamination Team while they show other Airmen how they react to a chemical or biological threat at Yokota Air Base, Japan, August 8, 2018.
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Medical personnel observe the 374th Medical Group's Decontamination Team while they show other Airmen how they react to a chemical or biological threat at Yokota Air Base, Japan, August 8, 2018. Yokota hosted the Medical Management of Chemical and Biological Casualties Short Course, which was a joint, bi-lateral training course for service members from all over the Pacific region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Justin Carnahan)

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Medical personnel from the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Ft. Dietrick, Maryland came to Yokota Air Base, Japan to host the Offsite Medical Management of Chemical and Biological Casualties (MCBC) Short Course Aug. 6-8, 2018.

This course was open to medical personnel throughout the Pacific, bringing US service members from all branches from Korea, Guam, and Japan, as well as Japanese soldiers.

The training included a day and a half of intensive classroom instruction, followed by a day of tabletop simulations, and culminated in hands on training with all the equipment necessary to survive a chemical or biological attack.

“You never know when you’re going to be in that kind of situation. If you get this training, then you get a little more ammunition in your quiver to deal with those problems as they occur,” said retired US Army Col. Scott Stanek, MCBC Instructor. “If you’ve had a good couple of days where there’s focus on just this particular subject, then when an event comes and you have to react to it, it’s easier to pull out that training.”

The classroom instruction covered the effects of various biological and chemical agents, so that medical personnel could better identify the signs of exposure in themselves and their patients. The lectures also covered the process of decontamination in a chemical or biological environment, threat management, and how to use decontamination equipment.

The classroom instruction was reinforced with the tabletop exercises which covered how to best set up decontamination stations and how to deal with chemical and biological casualties. The final day of the class culminated in a hands-on experience where the medical personnel put on their Mission Oriented Protective Posture (MOPP) gear to ensure they knew how to properly wear the gear for complete protection during a crisis.

“The whole experience has been really valuable. It gives you another insight into what’s going on instead of being in MOPP 4 gear the entire time when we should be learning exactly why we’re doing this,” said Staff Sgt. Alexander Entzminger, from the 374th Medical Group. “There’s been a lot more in-depth training as to what you’re actually dealing with as far as the [chemical and biological] agents goes.”

Along with the refresher on protective gear and new information about chemical and biological agents, the various countries and military branches got to practice working together in a crisis situation. They also got a chance to see how various teams within their own organizations work, so they can better understand their role in the big picture.

“Our Japanese partners have about 18 people here, we have Navy, Army, Marines, so all services represented. We brought them here to see this process so we have more people capable of jumping in the fight,” said US Air Force Capt. Rasheed Wedlow, the 374th Medical Readiness Flight Commander. “This is a chance we had to bring in a broad variety of people, so we will arrange this whenever possible.”

“The more information and the more people understand, the less chaos and confusion in the fog of war. If we can save just one more life, then it’s worth it.” added Capt. Wedlow.