DVIDS – News – Airmen and Marines train in chemical warfare against poisonous pineapple

Hawaii Air National Airmen completed a chemical warfare and decontamination exercise Sept. 2 at JBPH-H alongside joint and total force partners.

More than 70 U.S. Airmen and Marines participated in the week-long training event called Toxic Pineapple, where service members collaborated to streamline decontamination practices.
Daily scenarios and college classes were held at the facility’s Base X training grounds, focusing on the process of recovering crew members exposed to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or explosive materials.

“To keep things simple, we call crew members ‘slimed’ after they become infected during their mission,” said Staff Sergeant. Roderick Baker Jr., 154th Operations Support Squadron F-22 Raptor aircrew flight equipment NCO. “Upon their return, the pilots would be received by our decontamination line and would be asked a series of questions. We will then inspect the M-8 document to see if any CBRNE agents are detected and walk them through a process to safely break their protective gear.

AFE and Emergency Management Guardsmen from the 154th Operations Support Squadron and 154th Civil Engineer Squadron combined their capabilities with active duty Airmen stationed throughout the Pacific region.

Additional attendance included members from U.S. Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kunsan Air Force Base, Korea, Kadena AB, Japan, Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, 15 Wing JBPH-H and PACAF and Continental Americas Career Managers.

While DoD military teams have access to different equipment and infrastructure for setting up decontamination areas, Toxic Pineapple’s procedures were designed to standardize practices that members of all backgrounds can perform.

The common framework required the establishment of multiple configurations of decontamination areas, tailored to meet the needs of the different service branch mission sets. Members performed processes for aircrews at established airbases and applied expeditionary methods more appropriate in bare field environments.

“This training allowed us to talk about best practices and what we should prepare for as we move forward, especially in a joint environment,” said U.S. Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer Dennis Taylor, Marine Aircraft Group-24 CBRNE Defense. responsible officer. “The idea that I can get Air Force pilots in at any time, or they can get Navy pilots in at all times, or just know that personnel may need to be messed up at any time . Now we are better prepared to do so, tactically and effectively, with everything around us.

Members were also challenged to experience the process from an Airman’s perspective to familiarize service members with the intricacies of decontamination. Participants assumed the role of a ‘filed’ crew member and endured the sanitization process while donning the crew kit and additional layers of CBRNE protective gear.

“It allows us to find out exactly what to expect from the crew when they’re screwed up,” Baker said. “Getting patted down, communicating effectively, while coping with all the heat and stress of being exposed to contamination. But more importantly, it allows us to assess how others are putting their training into practice. It’s about giving them the opportunity to practice and see the process from both sides.
Some personnel participated in Tropic Pineapple without having prior CBRNE qualifications. But after an initial two-day training period, Taylor said everyone was able to set up and maintain the decontamination line without supervision.

Participants in the exercise received training certificates at the end of the week for completing the Aircrew Contamination Control Course, conducted by career instructors from Dyess Air Force Base.

Date taken: 09.02.2022
Date posted: 10.06.2022 14:50
Story ID: 430878

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