The US Army's 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team (1ABCT) personnel have conducted a live-fire exercise using the Stryker M1135 nuclear, biological and chemical reconnaissance vehicles (NBCRVs) at the Rodriguez live fire complex in South Korea.
Primarily aimed at building and maintaining soldiers' operational readiness and effectiveness in operating NBCRVs, the week-long semi-annual training event prepared the qualifying crews to handle their assigned weapon systems.
Around 20 M1135 crews participated in the training, which included 18 crews from 23rd Chemical Battalion, and two crews of the 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1ABCT and 2nd Infantry Division.
The 62nd Chemical Company, 23rd Chemical Battalion, 1ABCT, 2nd Infantry Division Stryker M1135 NBCRV vehicle commander sergeant Christopher Kerregan said the NBCRV crews are required to be able to move forward with cavalry and infantry units and support them with reconnaissance missions in any kind of CBRN environment in the field.
"To accomplish the mission, we need the capability to defend ourselves in the formations on the front line," Kerregan said.
23rd Chemical Battalion, 1ABCT and 2nd Infantry Division assistant operations officer, captain Nicholas Bell, said the training greatly enhances the soldiers' operational readiness.
"Whenever we are in a CBRN environment taking engagement from the enemy, this exercise can give soldiers knowledge and confidence to engage the enemy back,'' Bell said.
Involving replication of a range of combat scenarios, the exercise tested the leadership and multi-tasking skills of vehicle commanders, while highlighting their knowledge and general performance under pressure.
Manufactured by General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS), the Stryker M1135 NBCRVs are designed to detect and collect chemical and biological contamination in its local environment, and can engage the enemy without being hindered by CBRN elements.
Image: a M1135 Stryker NBCRV fires its Browning .50-caliber machine gun at Rodriguez live fire complex in South Korea. Photo: courtesy of Cpl. Kwon Yongjoon.