FORT IRWIN, Calif. – In the Mojave Desert in eastern California, the 83rd Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Battalion, from Fort Stewart, Georgia, supported the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, First Infantry Division, during its March training rotation at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California.

“We integrate with the 2nd BCT maneuver forces by bringing our unique expertise in chemical and biological agent identification. This training also strengthens our team field craft,” said Lt. Col. Matthew Kelly, from Butte, Montana, 83rd CBRN Bn. commander.

The 83rd CBRN brought more than 150 people from its Headquarters and Headquarters Company; the 44th Chemical Company from Fort Bliss, Texas; the 9th Chemical Company from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; and the 752nd Explosives Ordnance Company from Fort Hood, Texas.

Standing on a sandy desert hill in 40 mph winds during day six of training, Kelly highlighted two key benefits. 

“The first is that my task force has to operate as a team alongside the 2nd BCT from Fort Riley, Kansas,” he said. “At our home station in Georgia, there are few opportunities to train in this type of very difficult terrain. What we are doing here tests our systems and tests our Soldiers.

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