Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Austin in Japan

Alpha Company of CBIRF (Chemical Biological Incident Response Force)--Austin's unit and company--has been in Japan since April 3rd to be available should they be needed to help with the nuclear incident over there.  Here's a video of their arrival, and though it's dark and grainy, if you know what he looks like and know his gait you might be able to pick him out. (I think he's the third person getting on the bus in the first bus-loading scene.)

This is from an Air Force news release:

"4/8/2011 - Pacific Air Forces -- A C-5 Galaxy transported Marines and their equipment from the Initial Response Force to Yokota Air Base on April 3. The Chemical Biological Incident Response Force is a 155-person team comprised of Marines from Naval Support Facility, Indian Head, Md. As a smaller element of the chemical, biological, and incident response force, the CBIRF is specifically trained in the areas of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high yield explosion operations. The IRF will support Operation Tomodachi by providing a rapid response capability, and if requested, can assist and advise Japanese authorities."

Here's a YouTube video of them demonstrating their capabilities to the Japanese.  Austin is the one in the dark gray suit and gas mask:

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