Multiple base agencies conduct a joint chemical response exercise

Multiple base agencies conduct a joint chemical response exercise

U.S. Air Force explosive ordnance disposal technicians, assigned to the 379th Civil Engineer Squadron, assess and document a improvised rocket-assisted mortar during a joint chemical threat training exercise at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Nov. 25, 2017. The 379 EOD Flight, 379th Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight and 379th Readiness and Emergency Management Flight responded to a simulated chemical agent threat. The scenario involved an unknown object that was launched over the perimeter. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Patrick Evenson)

Multiple base agencies conduct a joint chemical response exercise

A U.S. Air Force Remotec Andros F6A Remote Ordnance Neutralization System, assigned to the 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron, performs reconnaissance during a joint chemical threat training exercise at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Nov. 25, 2017. The 379 EOD Flight, 379th Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight and 379th Readiness and Emergency Management Flight responded to a simulated chemical agent threat. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Patrick Evenson)

Multiple base agencies conduct a joint chemical response exercise

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Taylor Lahteine, explosive ordnance disposal journeyman assigned to the 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron, operates a Remotec Andros F6A Remote Ordnance Neutralization System during a joint chemical threat training exercise at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Nov. 25, 2017. The 379 EOD Flight, 379th Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight and 379th Readiness and Emergency Management Flight responded to a simulated chemical agent threat. The robot, which has chemical detection capability, was used to perform initial reconnaissance on an unknown object in the scenario. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Patrick Evenson)

Multiple base agencies conduct a joint chemical response exercise

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Taylor Lahteine, explosive ordnance disposal journeyman assigned to the 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron, operates a Remotec Andros F6A Remote Ordnance Neutralization System, during a joint chemical threat training exercise at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Nov. 25, 2017. The 379 EOD Flight, 379th Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight and 379th Readiness and Emergency Management Flight responded to a simulated chemical agent threat. The robot, which has chemical detection capability, was used to perform initial reconnaissance on an unknown object in the scenario. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Patrick Evenson)

Multiple base agencies conduct a joint chemical response exercise

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Luke Bryant and Staff Sgt. Oscar Morales, both explosive ordnance disposal technicians assigned to the 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron, fill sand bags during a joint chemical threat training exercise at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Nov. 25, 2017. The 379th EOD Flight, 379th Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight and 379th Readiness and Emergency Management Flight responded to a simulated chemical agent threat. The sandbags were used to secure munitions while they were being assessed by EOD technicians. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Patrick Evenson)

Multiple base agencies conduct a joint chemical response exercise

A U.S. Air Force explosive ordnance disposal technician, assigned to the 379th Civil Engineer Squadron, uses a radio to communicate his initial findings on an improvised rocket-assisted mortar during a joint chemical threat training exercise at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Nov. 25, 2017. The 379th EOD Flight, 379th Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight and 379th Readiness and Emergency Management Flight responded to a simulated chemical agent threat. The scenario involved an unknown object that was launched over the perimeter. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Patrick Evenson)

Multiple base agencies conduct a joint chemical response exercise

U.S. Air Force explosive ordnance disposal technicians, assigned to the 379th Civil Engineer Squadron, wait at a distance while x-raying an improvised rocket-assisted mortar during a joint chemical threat training exercise at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Nov. 25, 2017. The 379th EOD Flight, 379th Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight and 379th Readiness and Emergency Management Flight responded to a simulated chemical agent threat. The scenario involved an unknown object that was launched over the perimeter. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Patrick Evenson)

Multiple base agencies conduct a joint chemical response exercise

U.S Airmen assigned to the 379th Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight, use an M256A1 chemical agent detector kit to assess a chemical agent during a joint training exercise at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Nov. 25, 2017. The 379th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight, 379th BEE Flight and 379th Readiness and Emergency Management Flight responded to a simulated chemical agent threat from an improvised rocket-assisted mortar. The M256 kit detects and identifies blister and nerve agents present either as liquid or as vapor. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Patrick Evenson)

Multiple base agencies conduct a joint chemical response exercise

U.S Airmen assigned to the 379th Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight, use an M256A1 chemical agent detector kit to assess a chemical agent during a joint training exercise at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Nov. 25, 2017. The 379th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight, 379th BEE Flight and 379th Readiness and Emergency Management Flight responded to a simulated chemical agent threat from an improvised rocket-assisted mortar. The M256 kit detects and identifies blister and nerve agents present either as liquid or as vapor. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Patrick Evenson)

Multiple base agencies conduct a joint chemical response exercise
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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Collin Barnett (center), assigned to the 379th Readiness and Emergency Management Flight, instructs Airmen how to remove contaminated gear during a joint chemical hazard training exercise at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Nov. 25, 2017. The 379th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight, 379th Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight and 379 CEX Flight responded to a simulated chemical agent threat from an improvised rocket-assisted mortar. The exercise concluded with training on establishing a contamination control area. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Patrick Evenson)

Multiple base agencies conduct a joint chemical response exercise
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jaclyn Barile (right), assigned to the 379th Readiness and Emergency Management Flight uses a joint chemical agent detector on Staff Sgt. Bonnie Aubin, assigned to 379 CEX, during a joint chemical hazard training exercise at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Nov. 25, 2017. The 379th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight, 379th Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight and 379th Readiness and Emergency Management Flight responded to a simulated chemical agent threat from an improvised rocket-assisted mortar. The exercise concluded with training on establishing a contamination control area. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Patrick Evenson)

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U.S. Airmen, assigned to the 379th Readiness and Emergency Management Flight, help each other remove contaminated gear during a joint chemical hazard training exercise at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Nov. 25, 2017. The 379th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight, 379th Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight and 379 CEX Flight responded to a simulated chemical agent threat from an improvised rocket-assisted mortar. The exercise concluded with training on establishing a contamination control area. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Patrick Evenson)

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar -- U.S. Airmen from multiple agencies participate in a joint chemical response exercise at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Nov. 25, 2017.

The 379th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight, 379th Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight and 379th Readiness and Emergency Management Flight, responded to a simulated chemical agent threat from an improvised rocket-assisted mortar that was launched over the perimeter fence of the base.

In the scenario EOD had to first determine the immediate threat of the unknown object. The robotic ordnance neutralization system, which has chemical detection capability, was used to perform initial reconnaissance on the object.

Once the initial tests from the robot came back positive for the presence of a blister agent, EOD technicians were deployed with protective hazardous material suits to access and document the munition and neutralize any explosive threat if any existed.

Members of 379 BEE were then cleared to perform chemical agent tests to detect and identify blister and nerve agents that might be present as either liquid or vapor.

The exercise concluded with 379 CEX establishing a contamination control area where participants were instructed how to properly decontaminate each other after being exposed to hazardous chemical agents.