U.S. Marines with Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defense Platoon, Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, conduct Exercise Habu Sentinel on Camp Courtney, Okinawa, Japan, December 9-13, 2019. Exercise Habu Sentinel afforded CBRN Defense Platoon the opportunity to conduct progressive responses based off of intelligence feedback from conditions on the battlefield. This training gave Marines valuable, real-life scenarios to promote combat readiness. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Cpl. Josue Marquez)
Habu Sentinel is a series of three exercises that the division CBRN platoon is running over the next year in conjunction with the division COC exercises. The general stages of the response are arrival and staging at the incidence scene, linking up with the on-scene commander, and gathering information from him. We’ll then establish a technical decon lane which allows us to clean ourselves as we come out of the contaminated area to limit the spread of contamination across a battlefield. We’ll then send teams in to conduct reconnaissance with sensors to determine what agent is in the area.
And then, from there, we can send another team in to actually make entry and leak, seal, over pack, and remove whatever chemical weapons are in the area. The final thing we’ll do is lay clothes out, which it includes decontamination of our Marines, of all of our equipment, and then the pack-up and removal of any equipment that we used to prevent leaving any contamination on the battlefield.