by Tech. Sgt. Catharine Schmidt
109th AW Public Affairs
4/19/2015 - STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.Y. -- More
than 200 Airmen received hands-on chemical, biological, radiological
and nuclear training along with self-aid buddy care training during the
109th Airlift Wing's first ancillary training rodeo here April 18.
The mass training began in the Dining Facility as trainees were given
CBRN and then SABC training before heading out for the hands-on portion.
During the SABC briefing, the instructors played out a scene of a
combat situation demonstrating how effective SABC can save a life. The
Airmen were then broken up in two groups as half headed over to don
their chemical gear and the other half went to put their SABC skills to
Staff Sgt. Adam Winters of the Small Air Terminal said the SABC briefing really set the pace for the hands-on portion.
"Being able to be hands on can help young Airmen to remember these kinds
of things if they ever deploy and a real-world combat situation
happens," Winters said. "This type of training will be very beneficial
to them as well as just being able to know what (you need to do) in a
time of need."
The SABC hands-on portion included stations on applying a tourniquet,
mass casualty, quick clots, nerve agents, traumatic brain injury and
"(Senior Master Sgt. Joseph) O'Connor and myself have met a good 30
times to go over this," said Master Sgt. Candace Stefanik, 109th AW SABC
adviser, on the planning that went into the rodeo. "We're getting a lot
of training done in one day, and making sure everyone is really
comfortable with the hands-on portion of the SABC is very important."
During the hands-on portion of the CBRN training, Airmen started off
with donning their mission-oriented protective posture gear as
instructors went around to ensure gear was on correctly and done in a
"We're teaching all these Airmen how to survive in a chemical,
biological, radiological, nuclear and high-yield explosive environment,"
said Airman 1st Class Rafael Lopez, CBRN instructor with the 109th
Civil Engineer Squadron's emergency management office. "People haven't
been in these suits in a long time, but after running them through
drills and getting them going, people were catching on, helping out and
After donning their gear a few times, Airmen went to different stations
to get instruction on things like M295, M9, zone transition points,
post-attack reconnaissance, equipment checks and more.
Staff Sgt. Kathleen Gregory, of the 139th Airlift Squadron's loadmaster
section, said she's done hands-on CBRN training before and it was very
hectic. "This was very organized, and I really like how everything's
"It's good training," said Airman Bradford Jollie, 109th Logistics
Readiness Squadron. "It's good that everyone's getting out here and
getting it done. After a couple times, it becomes very easy."
O'Connor, Emergency Management superintendent, said all the training during the rodeo went very smoothly.
"Units throughout New York are just starting to do (the rodeo training)
for the first time, and this is the first time we've done this. This
event started being planned back in the fall so it's been a long time
coming and a lot of planning has gone into it. "
O'Connor said they received support from around the wing to make the rodeo happen, and things went even better than expected.
"We built time into our schedule in case there were glitches, but we
didn't need it and we're finishing up earlier than expected," he said.
"My overall impression is that today went very well, and I'm just hoping
the trainees feel the same way."
More ancillary training rodeos will be held in the future, as all Airmen on base are required to be trained within three years.