CAMP HOVEY, South Korea – Soldiers from the U.S. Army Chemical Corps from Fort Hood, Texas deployed to South Korea in support of the United States-Republic of Korea Alliance.
U.S. Soldiers from the 181st Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Company (Hazard Response) are on a rotational deployment to support the 23rd CBRN Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division and Eighth Army.
The 181st CBRN Company replaced the 71st CBRN Company from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, as the rotational CBRN company in a ceremony, 1 November.
The 181st “Double Dragons” CBRN Company based at Fort Hood, Texas is part of the 2nd CBRN Battalion, 48th Chemical Brigade, and 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Command, the premier U.S. military command all risks.
From 19 bases in 16 states, U.S. soldiers and U.S. Army civilians from the 20th CBRNE Command confront the world’s most dangerous dangers in support of joint, interagency, and allied operations.
Capt. Matthew E. Bertram, commander of the 181st CBRN Company, said his company is the most advanced CBRN unit in South Korea, serving at Camp Hovey, which is 15 miles from the Korean demilitarized zone.
The Double Dragons commander said his company was training with US Army maneuver forces.
“We’ve already integrated with the air force, the artillery, and the Stryker Rotational Brigade in theater,” said Bertram, a native of Frederick, Maryland, who earned his bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, in Virginia, and a master’s degree with a focus on weapons of mass destruction from Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri.
Bertram was also a member of the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease during the 2014 Ebola outbreak.
According to Bertram, the Double Dragons served with the Defense CBRN Response Force, a domestic response task force commanded by U.S. Northern Command’s Joint Task Force-Civil Support, from June 2019 to May 2021.
The company then prepared to deploy to South Korea with numerous training events, including a training rotation at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., and a final company evaluation by the 48th Chemical Brigade.
The US military has 28,500 military personnel stationed in South Korea who maintain security on the Korean peninsula and stability in Northeast Asia.
Bertram said his soldiers also had the opportunity to visit popular cultural and recreational sites in South Korea.
“The 181st CBRN Company has already embraced the culture and landscapes of the Republic of Korea, hosting a company trek on Soyosan Mountain and hosting several running events hosted by Camp Casey,” Bertram said.