Chemical Biological Incident Response Force

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Chemical Biological Incident Response Force
CBIRF insignia
ActiveApril 1, 1996 – present
CountryUnited States
RoleCBRNE Consequence Management
Size~ 600 Marines, Sailors and Civilian Contractors
Part ofUnited States Marine Corps Forces Command
Garrison/HQIndian Head Naval Surface Warfare Center
Nickname(s)The 'Birf
Motto(s)Latin: Certo Occultus Hostis
To Fight Hidden Threats
ColorsBlack, Red, Gold
Commanding OfficerColonel Donald J. Riley Jr.[1]
Seargeant MajorSgtMaj Jonathan A. Lazzeroni

The Chemical Biological Incident Response Force (CBIRF) is a unit in the United States Marine Corps responsible for countering the effects of a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or high-yield explosive (CBRNE) incident. They were activated in April 1996 by General Charles C. Krulak, then Commandant of the Marine Corps. The unit is based at Naval Support Facility Indian Head in Indian Head, Maryland and falls under the command of the United States Marine Corps Forces Command.


When directed, a CBIRF unit will forward-deploy and/or respond to a credible threat of a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or high-yield explosive (CBRNE) incident in order to assist local, state, or federal agencies and Unified Combat Commanders in the conduct of consequence management operations.

CBIRF accomplishes this mission by providing capabilities for CBRN agent detection and identification, casualty search and extraction, technical rescue, personnel decontamination, and emergency medical care and stabilization of contaminated victims. All CBIRF Marines and sailors are basically trained to perform both casualty extraction and decontamination. The lifesaving competencies required of personnel serving at CBIRF are taught during CBIRF Basic Operations Course (CBOC). By completing CBOC, the Marines and Sailors earn their CBIRF unit patch and may begin wearing it on their flight suits and search and rescue vests.


Since its inception CBIRF has trained many local agencies. It has also had a presence at the following:

1996 Summer Olympic Games
1997 Presidential Inaugural Ceremony
1997 Denver Summit of the Eight
1997-2019 Presidential State of the Union Addresses
1999 Pope Visit to St Louis, MO
1999 NATO Summit
2001 Presidential Inaugural Ceremony
2001 Cleaned Anthrax out of the Longworth House Office Bldg in Washington, DC
2001 Cleaned Anthrax out of the Hart Senate Bldg in Washington DC
2004 Ricin Incident Attack on Dirksen Senate Building
2004 Dedication of World War II Memorial
2004 Lying In State of President Ronald W. Reagan
2005 Presidential Inaugural Ceremony
2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, MN
2009 Presidential Inaugural Ceremony
2011 Operation Tomodachi
2012 NATO Summit
2013 Presidential Inaugural Ceremony
2016 State of the Union Address
2016 Republican and Democratic National Conventions
2017 Presidential Inaugural Ceremony


Ribbon Award
centré|60x60px Meritorious Unit Commendation with 2 bronze stards
centré|60x60px National Defense Service Medal woth 1 bronze star
centré|60x60px Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Chemical Biological Incident Response Force: U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command".
 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Marine Corps.

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