Horrifying scenes show the United States preparing for nuclear war. Guardian Response 22’s homeland emergency drill features role-players showing horrific injuries as hazmat-capable personnel attempt to deal with the fallout.
At the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, Indiana, U.S. Army soldiers are evaluated based on how they apply vocational skills to a fictional nuclear event. Sergeant Jermaine Jackson, 300th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, said, “What are your plans if a 5-ton nuclear device explodes in your city?
“Although unlikely, the US military is training to help communities in these worst-case scenarios and to improve mission preparedness during emergency response exercises in the homeland, such as Guardian Response 22, which is hosted by the US Army Reserve’s 78th Training Division.”
During the exercise, multiple units belonging to the Defense Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Response Force, such as the 63rd Chemical Company, the 581st Area Support Medical Company, and the 2nd Battalion, 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, are working to maintain readiness and responsiveness. of the test unit.
Staff Sgt. Francisco Vasquez, leader of 4th Squad, 2nd Platoon, 172nd Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Company, participated in Guardian Response with his unit for the first time.
Vasquez and his unit have been training since February to be evaluated on the decontamination of mass casualties, but he said he can use his spare time to prepare his soldiers so that they are faster and more accurate when it comes to setting up a decontamination tent.
Vasquez and his team are responsible for decontaminating everyone infected in this nuclear scenario. Their hard work enabled them to set up a decontamination tent in thirty-six minutes, which is twenty-eight minutes faster than necessary.
“The soldiers and I, once we figured out our roles, had to learn how to perform this (exercise) one hundred percent. Don’t make turns. We built team cohesion, we worked very well together. They know what is expected of me, and I know how much to give them,” said Staff Sgt. Vasquez, during the evaluation of the decontamination tent setup. “I’m always exhausted at the end of this because I always give them one hundred percent.”