by Senior Airman David Owsianka
51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs
1/29/2015 - OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- As
service members arrive at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, they will
receive individual protective equipment from the 51st Logistic Readiness
Squadron IPE unit.
In nuclear, biological and chemical warfare, IPE clothing and equipment
are used to protect an individual from biological and chemical hazards
and some nuclear effects. All mission essential personnel will receive
their gear within the first 10-days upon arriving on station.
"It is imperative we issue chemical gear, because North Korea uses
chemical warfare," said Senior Airman Tyree Johnson, 51st LRS IPE
technician. "With that being said, we have to be ready to fight at all
times with us being so close to the border."
The mission of the IPE unit is to ensure that all essential personnel in-processing at Osan receives their chemical gear.
Each person will receive a training bag and real-world bag. The training
bag includes a canteen, web belt, personal carrier, training boots,
training coat and trousers, gas mask, vest, plates, training gloves and
inserts. The real world bag contains two pairs of coats and trousers,
two pairs of boots, M8 paper, M9 tape, two gas mask filters, an M295
decontamination kit, and two pairs of gloves and inserts.
"I believe it is essential that we have the equipment, so that we are
always prepared," said Capt. Keyanna Spears, 51st LRS vehicle management
flight commander. "The way the world is now, we never know when we will
need to put it on."
During operational readiness exercises, service members will train with
the equipment to prepare themselves for potential real-world
"Having trained with the equipment, it has helped prepare me to know
what to wear and what to expect," Spears said. "The scenarios also put
me in the mindset that this could happen at any time and we always need
to be ready."
The IPE unit allows service members to be more equipped in case of an emergency.
"Training with the equipment helps Airmen support the overall mission,
because it allows us to be better prepared and more knowledgeable of
what we are doing here at Osan," Johnson said.