For the first time in history, the chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear reconnaissance platoons of the 2d Cavalry Regiment and 173rd Airborne Brigade came together to conduct joint training at the 7th Army Training Command’s Grafenwoehr Training Area, Grafenwoehr, Germany, Feb. 25 – 28, 2019. The training sparked a new addition to platoon tactics as the mounted 2CR CBRN Stryker platoon effectively displayed its capability of providing security in a contaminated environment for dismounted 173rd CBRN platoon operations.

The dismounted platoon, based out of Vicenza, Italy, arrived at Tower Barracks, Germany and fully integrated with 2CR’s own CBRN platoon. 

“GTA’s rapid availability of training areas allowed us to not only verify our response capability – but also created an environment of seamless integration with our 2CR counterparts,” said 1st Lt. Wade Sweger, chemical platoon leader, 54th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade. “The whole exercise was without any friction and we couldn’t have had a more positive experience.”

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