Mask Confidence Exercise prepares Marines for the worst
By Lance Cpl. John Robbart III
| | June 29, 2011
Marines and sailors with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) shake their gas masks vigourously as a part of the Mask Confidence Exercise, an annual gas mask training, at the 33 Area Gas Chamber, June 28. The purpose of shaking the gas masks is to simulate intense physical movement and it ensures a tight seal to prevent contaminants in the environment from entering the mask. The 15th MEU is currently in its dwell period and uses this time to complete various annual training.
Staff Sgt. Apollo I. Thomas, chemical biological radiological nuclear (CBRN) defense chief, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), prepares chemicals for the Mask Confidence Exercise, the gas chamber he is running, for the Marines and sailors of his unit at the 33 Area Gas Chamber, June 28. Thomas, 28, a Piney Point, Md. native is responsible for ensuring that his unit is trained in using CBRN equipment.
Petty Officer 1st Class Edward S. Debaun, religious program specialist, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), blocks the air filters on his gas mask during the Mask Confidence Exercise, an annual gas chamber training, conducted at the 33 Area Gas Chamber, June 28. Debaun, a 33-year-old native of Copperopolis, Calif., currently serves as both the religious program specialist and the acting chaplain for his unit.
Cpl. Sigilfredo C. Garcia, armorer, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) carefully removes the mission oriented proper posture (MOPP) gear of Lance Cpl. Richard B. Orellana, training clerk, 15th MEU after completing the Mask Confidence Exercise, an annual gas chamber event, at the 33 Area Gas Chamber, June 28. Garcia, 23, a Michoacan, Mexico native is removing Orellana's gear in this manner to simulate MOPP gear being contaminated.
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. --
The 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) is known to conduct a variety of different operations, some of which could include lethal toxins in the atmosphere. To prepare for these situations, the unit’s Marines participated in the Mask Confidence Exercise at the 33 Area Gas Chamber here, June 28.
The Mask Confidence Exercise is a part of every Marine’s annual training and involves suiting up in mission oriented proper posture (MOPP) gear along with their issued M50 gas masks.
The 15th MEU is comprised of approximately 2,200 Marines and sailors and is a forward deployed force of readiness capable of conducting numerous operations, such as Non-Combatant Evacuation Operations, Humanitarian Assistance Operations, Disaster Relief Operations and a wide range of amphibious missions. The 15th MEU is currently in its dwell period after it completed a seven month Western Pacific deployment December 17, 2010.