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Bartonville Army National Guard Prepared for Chemical Disaster

Chemical weapons have recently been at the forefront of the Syria conflict, and the Army National Guard says it’s not training differently, but it would be prepared in the event of a chemical disaster.
BARTONVILLE - Chemical weapons have recently been at the forefront of the Syria conflict, and the Army National Guard says it’s not training differently, but it would be prepared in the event of a chemical disaster.

The Obama Administration claims that the Syrian government used nerve gas on parts of Damascus that are controlled by the opposition. That nerve gas is galled sarin; it attacks the nervous system and can be lethal.

While the U.S. is not at risk of an imminent attack, our armed forces are still prepared. The Illinois Army National Guard practices with chemical gear and detection equipment here at home.

One of the focuses at the base is defense of different kinds of chemical weapons.

"The training starts across the board at boot camp from day on and at least, like I said, on an annual basis, they train on their equipment to help them survive in a chemical environment,” said Captain Matthew Dodsworth.

More relevant to Central Illinois is radiological accidents. Some of the same chemical gear can be used and the guard practices monthly for that kind of a disaster.
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