The Air National Guard Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Challenge Team took first place overall in last week's Air Force-wide CBRN competition held at the Center for National Response in Charleston, W.V. Team members included from left to right: Tech Sgt. Tim Booth of the 188th Fighter Wing, Tech Sgt. Morgan Smith of the 173rd Fighter Wing, Lt. Col. Bill Antoszewski and Tech Sgt. Ann McCormick, both of the 180th Fighter Wing, and Tech Sgt. Jeff Sharpmack of the 189th Airlift Wing.

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore.—An Oregon Airman from the 173rd Fighter Wing at Kingsley Field helped secure an overall first place finish during a recent Air Force competition.

Tech. Sgt. Morgan Smith of the 173rd Fighter Wing, joined several other Airmen from other Air National Guard units for the 2010 competition.

The Air Force Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Challenge, held May 10-14 at the Center for National Response in Charleston, West Virginia, pitted Air Force CBRN teams against each other on a wide variety of scenarios, ranging from a chemical gas release on the Washington, D.C. subway system and a weapons cache in an Afghan mountain cave, to a disgruntled Airman's dorm room at Scott AFB.

Smith’s teammates were Lt. Col. Bill Antoszewski and Tech. Sgt. Ann McCormick of the 180th Bioenvironmental Engineering office, Tech. Sergeants Jeff Sharpmack and Tim Booth of the Arkansas Air National Guard and Tech. Sgt. Morgan Smith of the Oregon Air National Guard.

The Air Force CBRN Challenge is an annual competition intended to showcase the joint CBRN response strategic partnership of Air Force Bioenvironmental Engineering (BE) and Civil Engineering Emergency Management (EM) officers and technicians.  Each of the ten major command teams were represented by one officer, and four technicians.

The Charleston facility is owned by the National Guard Bureau and operated by the West Virginia National Guard.  It is the premier Department of Defense facility for CBRN response training.

The centerpiece of the CNR facility is a 3/4 mile-long mountain tunnel, formerly used as part of the West Virginia Turnpike.  Opened in 2000, the CNR Tunnel is an all-weather training facility that can be configured for any number of realistic exercises and scenarios.  Training at the tunnel is enhanced by the controlled use of live chemical agents and radiological materials. 

In each of the scenarios, team members were given three hours to work with an evaluator/controller "incident commander" and establish scene control, survey and identify CBRN hazards, develop health risk assessments, and provide recommendations for personnel protection and mitigation.

Joint BE and EM technician teams were required to calibrate and test all detection equipment, and make multiple entries into the emergency scene in Level-A chemical protective suits and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) to identify the CBRN hazards.

They were also evaluated on their ability to properly operate the detection equipment, sample and containerize hazardous materials for off-site analysis, and preserve criminal evidence.  BE officers were evaluated on their ability to manage an emergency response team within the Air Force Incident Management System framework, develop appropriate sampling and detection plans, and their use of the entry team's information to identify the overall CBRN hazard and health risk.    

The Air National Guard team participated in a total of eight scenarios, and placed first in five of the seven major events, and second in the remaining two scenarios.  Based on this scoring, Team ANG was named the overall Air Force CBRN Challenge 2010 winner.