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Posted: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 12:00 pm

By Sgt. Kim Browne

1st Cavalry Division public affairs

The 1st Cavalry Division conducted a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear conference on Feb. 17 at Club Hood to educate all Chemical Corps soldiers at Fort Hood about changes in their corps.

"I wanted to bring together the CBRN family and give them updates on things as the restructuring on the CBRN Corps, what direction we're going in, the campaign plan for the chemical regiment and to keep everyone in touch," said Sgt. Maj. Gilbert Hurte, the division's chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosives sergeant major.

The conference started off with the Chemical Corps vision briefing by Col. Vance Visser, commandant, U.S. Army Chemical Regiment, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

"Every day soldiers believe there isn't much of a CBRN threat, but, actually, the threat is there, and is growing, both overseas and at home," Visser said.

The conference covered areas such as personnel development for both enlisted and officers, career development and mentorship, and personal development.

Sgt. Maj. Montonya Boozier, U.S. Army CBRN School personnel development sergeant major, Fort Leonard Wood, discussed personnel development.

He talked about the noncommissioned officer schools available to chemical soldiers and which should be taken before promotion.

The final briefing of the day covered new equipment featuring the nuclear biological and chemical reconnaissance vehicle.

Sgt. 1st Class Carlos Gomez, platoon sergeant, Reconnaissance Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, covered the capabilities of the vehicle and had two static displays set up outside Club Hood.

"If you're not in one of these crews, you are not likely to see one of these vehicles," Gomez said.

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