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E.F. Bullene CBRN Defense Training Facility

     The mission of the Chemical Defense Training Facility is to conduct tough, realistic and doctrinally accurate chemical defense training (detection, identification and decontamination) for attending U.S. and allied military forces as well as special governmental and civilian service agencies.

     The Chemical Defense Training Facility plays a vital role in the Department of Defense (DOD) efforts to increase personnel survivability in toxic chemical agent environments. Specifically, the CDTF is the DOD's only toxic chemical nerve agent (GB and VX) training facility. The CDTF staff trains Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corp personnel; DOD civilians; and Allied Nation Military Personnel. In the 12 years of training while the CDTF was located at Fort McClellan, Alabama they had trained over 51,000 personnel without a chemical accident or incident.

     The Facility's operational design is unique. The Facility's supporting engineer design and operational training concept supports the deliberate, but, controlled release of pre-determined amounts of toxic nerve agents within eight indoor training bays. Modern and redundant engineering controls and chemical agent monitoring systems maintain agent vapor concentration levels below immediate danger to life and health (IDLH).

     In the late 1970s the United States Army Chemical School identified a significant deficiency in the nation's NBC Defense capability. Toxic training using actual chemical agents to train the chemical soldiers had not been conducted since 1973, when the USACMLS moved to Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. Prior to this move, outdoor toxic agent training represented the most effective and realistic means to train soldiers to fight, survive, and win under conditions of a chemical attack. Without this training opportunity, chemical soldiers lacked the experience and confidence that would allow them to survive on the chemical battlefield. Even after the USACMLS returned to Fort McClellan, toxic training remained absent form the curriculum due to environmental concerns and the lack of safety controls possible in an outdoor toxic agent exercise.

     The USACMLS leadership recognized the importance of resurrecting toxic training and a plan was developed in 1981 to design a facility to allow indoor toxic agent training that would allow the safe training of soldiers without threatening the environment. Construction of the CDTF began in 1984 and the facility was completed in 1986 at a cost of 14.9 million dollars. The first class of students went through the facility in March 1987, ending over a decade of no toxic training in the Chemical Corps. The U.S. now had a training facility designed to produce "Chemical Veterans", soldiers with confidence in themselves and their equipment.

     The new home of CDTF was designed by The Benham Group, Inc. from St. Louis, MO. Hensel Phelps Construction Company of Greely, CO, and the Kansas City District Corps of Engineers began construction on 23 May 1997 and completed on 22 January 1999. The training facility was officially dedicated on 27 September 1999 to Major General Egbert F. Bullene.

     The Chemical Defense Training Facility (CDTF) annually serves over 4,500 trainees from all components of the U.S. Armed Forces and some U.S. allies. The facility and programs provide realistic training in detection and identification of chemical weapons, followed by hands-on practice in decontamination of people and equipment.

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