In Pictures: Red Dragon Annual Training

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Before soldiers can participate in the annual training chemical exercise Red Dragon, they travel to Wisconsin from all over the United States. Last fall, some Army reservists got a lift to Fort McCoy from their local Air National Guard units, allowing the branches to work together for the training deployment.

Soldiers from the 414th Chemical Co., 414th Chemical Brigade load equipment and personnel onto C-17s with from the Air Force’s 315th Airlift Control Flight out of Charleston, South Carolina.

Exercise Red Dragon is a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) exercise which trains and evaluates Army reserve chemical units.

Soldiers from recon and decon teams are given a mock disaster scenario, and are expected to gear up and enter the target area to confirm or deny the presence of CBRN threats, and to set up stations and equipment to handle decontamination of personnel, equipment and military vehicles.

A mass casualty exercise requiring triage and treatment of personnel exposed to a nerve agent is also part of Red Dragon. Combat medics wearing full MOPP protective gear enter a simulated battlefield to assess injuries, begin treatment on life-threatening injuries, and transfer them from a contaminated zone to a decon area. Medical interventions are re-checked throughout the process.

Troops Load a C-17 for Red Dragon Annual Training Exercise

Troops Load a C-17 for Red Dragon Annual Training Exercise

Troops Load a C-17 for Red Dragon Annual Training Exercise

South Carolina Reservists Load a C-17 for Red Dragon

Reserve Army Soldiers Prepare to Deploy to Red Dragon

Air National Guard Airmen Secure Cargo Headed to Red Dragon

CBRN Soldier Checks Equipment at Red Dragon

CBRN Soldier Checks Facility for Threats at Red Dragon

Red Dragon Annual Training Exercise at Fort McCoy

Chemical Co. Soldiers Check Detection Equipment at Red Dragon

CBRN Soldiers Conduct Recce at Annual Red Dragon Exercise

CBRN Soldiers Execute Reconnaissance During Red Dragon

Red Dragon Exercise at Fort McCoy

Battlefield CBRN Casualty Triage Exercise

CBRN Soldier at Red Dragon Training Exercise

Mass Casualty CBRN Exercise

Mass Casualty CBRN Exercise at Red Dragon

Mass Casualty CBRN Exercise

Red Dragon CBRN Mass Casualty Exercise

Red Dragon CBRN Mass Casualty Exercise

Red Dragon CBRN Mass Casualty Exercise

Red Dragon Nerve Agent Mass Casualty Exercise

Red Dragon Exercise on Vehicle Decontamination

Military Vehicle Decontamination Skills ExerciseImages courtesy of 335th Signal Command (Theater), adapted from video and formatted for CBRNE Central.

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