The morning air filled with smoke; felled trees and debris covered the area as trucks began to arrive. U.S. Army Soldiers with 501st Area Support Medical Company, based in Fort Campbell, Kentucky begin setting up for decontamination operations and medical evaluations as part of Guardian Response 2019 at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, Indiana, May 1, 2019.
More than 9,000 Soldiers from across the country are participating in Guardian Response 2019, a multi-component training exercise that validates U.S. Army units’ ability to provide capabilities for the Defense Support of Civil Authorities in the event of a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, or Nuclear catastrophe.
As part of the validation process, the 501st ASMC works with Medical Readiness Training Command’s Observer Coach/Trainers as the unit sets up their treatment tent and decontamination site. Capt. Marjorie Attimy-Kalevela, a dentist with 7303rd Medical Training Support Battalion based out of Fort Gordon, Georgia, prepares a “medical inject”, or scenario, designed to challenge the responses of personnel within 501st ASMC.