DVIDS – Chemical paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade, based in Vicenza, Italy, trained with Italian army allies here Aug. 31 through Sept. 4, 2015, as part of Exercise Toxic Dragon, a bilateral exercise designed to increase interoperability between the two forces’ chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense capabilities. The training, held at the Italian army NBC Defense School, hosted by the Italian 7th NBC Defense Regiment, and focused on mask confidence training, low-level radiation and tactical decontamination as well as technical escort and confined space operations – allowing members of the 173rd’s dismounted reconnaissance platoon to improve on the mastery of their craft. Continue Reading