U.S. Soldiers in Europe who specialize in the chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear military occupation don’t often get the chance to train in live chemical agent scenarios.
Toxic Valley 2021, an international, open-air chemical warfare agent collection and assessment exercise hosted by members of the Slovak Armed Forces, has been testing and providing training for CBRN response teams since early September at their Zemianske Kostoľany Training and Testing Centre, Slovakia, and live agent training has been at the forefront.
“Normally, the only time we get the opportunity for live agent training would be during initial entry training or military occupational specialty training,” said U.S. Army Reserve Capt. Shawna So, a survey team leader with the 773rd Civil Support Team, 7th Mission Support Command, based out of Kaiserslautern, Germany. “So to get the chance to train here locally in Europe with NATO partners is amazing.”