CBRNE Capabilities Showcase Promotes Networking Among Employees and Customers

October 12, 2011

The Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center hosted the second annual Team Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive Showcase Sept. 22 at the Edgewood Area ofAberdeen Proving Ground.

Approximately 750 people participated in the first day of the showcase, offering Team CBRNE workforce members and community leaders the occasion to share valuable information with each other about their resources and capabilities. The showcase incorporated a series of poster displays and exhibits focused on expanding the understanding of Team CBRNE's role in providing life-saving solutions to the warfighter.

Team CBRNE participating organizations included ECBC, Assembled Chemical Weapons Assessment, Chemical Materials Agency, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Joint Program Executive Office, Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense, U.S. Army Public Heath Command and 20th Support Command.

To kick off the event, ECBC Technical Director Joseph D. Wienand said that the goal of the showcase was to educate, inform and build partnerships among the eight participating organizations.

The first day of the showcase featured more than 40 exhibitor booths, as well as vehicles and mobile laboratories. The participants' exhibits and vehicles consisted of a number of CBRNE technologies, including mobile laboratories that have the ability to go anywhere in the world and test for chemical threats, an explosive ordnance disposal bomb suit to protect the warfighter and a sentinel truck that provides the Army with a mobile communications center, including video teleconferencing capabilities and a secure computer network.

The second day of the showcase focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and its importance in the lives of today's youth. Nearly 400 local students from Harford and Cecil counties were invited to experience the exciting CBRNE technologies and research techniques that are usually beyond their reach. Exhibitors gave students a snapshot of their careers and engaged them in real-world hands-on activities in various STEM fields.

Wienand said in a news release on the event that "in sharing the important work that each CBRNE team does here at Edgewood, we are helping to better protect the nation against current and future chemical and biological threats."

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