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Exercise FALCO begins

Exercise FALCO VII began on Monday, 20 November, and will conclude on Friday, 24 November.

The purpose of the exercise led by the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defence Laboratory (CBRN Def LAB) of the Slovenian Armed Forces (SAF) Military Medical Unit is to train SAF units with biological defence capabilities in joint operations as well as to execute realistic training in biological control, sampling and identification.

The exercise, where real agents will be used, aims at continuing with operational capabilities of the CBRN Def LAB as well as to upgrade the participants' knowledge and skills. Exercise participants will be able to validate new methods and procedures in the identification of biological agents, carry out training with real biological agents, train in biological control, sampling, identification and decontamination, train in command and control procedures and monitor the situation from the command post.

The exercise, which will take place in different locations (Peter Petrič Barracks, Kranj; Boštjan Kekec Barracks, Bohinjska Bela; Domžale treatment plant, Barje treatment plant, Valvasorejv dom shelter under Mount Stol), includes participants from the Military Medical Unit, CBRN Def companies (1st and 72nd Brigade), Communications and Information Systems Unit and two referential laboratories (Veterinary Faculty, Medical Faculty).

During the first two days, the exercise will also include members of the 773rd Civil Support Command stationed in Kaiserslautern, Germany and members of the National Guard Colorado.

Photo: Rajko Petek, Military Specialist, PAO