Camp Lejeune military members training to combat chemical, nuclear attacks

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Military members from Camp Lejeune were working hard to learn the skills needed as they were in an exercise to decontaminate military equipment that could have been exposed to chemical agents. (Christina Thompson, NewsChannel 12 photo)

Nuclear or chemical warfare is a threat our military actively trains for handling.

Military members from Camp Lejeune were working hard to learn the skills needed as they were in an exercise to decontaminate military equipment that could have been exposed to chemical agents.

Last week, President Donald Trump attended a summit with North Korea dictator Kim Jong-Un to negotiate a denuclearization plan. Those negotiations ended early with both sides walking away empty-handed.. That means the threat of nuclear chemical warfare is at the forefront of our military's mind.

On Wednesday, Combat Logistics Regiment 27 CBRN Marines were preparing for any situation with the chemical and nuclear agent decontamination exercise. Gunnary Sgt. Randall Ayers said "in today's geopolitical environment, in major conflict, the Marines might see some sort of chemical agent."

These chemical agents can be extremely dangerous -- even deadly -- if not properly decontaminated. Luckily, exercises like this one help instill a sense of confidence in Marines to overcome whatever weapon the enemy throws their way.

"It's possible they might encounter these hazards but we have the ability to come back and remove that contaminant and sustain ourselves within the fight," Ayers said.

This chemical agent decontamination exercise is done annually but perhaps now it's more important than ever. Exercises like this one, when done in real life, might just save a life.

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