The same division which was sent to Liberia in 2014 to fight Ebola without adequate protection to stop themselves becoming infected is being trained for tunnel warfare in North Korea without adequate protection against chemical and biological warfare, it has emerged.
The 101tst Airborne has been selected to undergo training in tunnel warfare to operate in tunnels potentially hiding chemical, bioligical and nuclear weapons, according to reports.
But the specialized equipment they are to be given for their task does not seem to include any protection against chemical and biological agents which can be optimally released in a tunnel environment.
Reports mention only radios and night vision goggles, along with acetylene torches and bolt cutters as the “specialized gear needed for tunnel operations” which is being bought by the Pentagon. There is no mention as would be expected of special chemical or biological protective gear.
The new assignment for the airborne division comes just as new commander has taken charge. Former commander Gary Volesky reacted quickly in 2014 to introduce protective measures, equipment and quarantine.
Major General Andrew Poppas is set to become the division commander, during a change of command ceremony today, January 19, 2017. It is not clear if Poppas has the experience or will of Volesky to protect his troops from the release of chemical and biological agents during tunnel operations.
“North Korea is honeycombed with thousands of tunnels and bunkers, some of them discovered leading across the border and close to the South Korean capital, Seoul. Others in North Korea are hundreds of feet deep and could be used to hide troops and artillery, as well as chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.
Along with training thousands more troops, officials say the Pentagon is buying more specialized gear needed for tunnel operations: radios and night vision goggles, along with acetylene torches and bolt cutters.
Officials say the additional Army brigades that will take part in the training this year include the 101st Airborne Division and the 82nd Airborne Division.”