Class VIII (Medical)
Class IX (Repair Parts)
e. Maintenance Element.
The maintenance element provides intermediate forward support maintenance to
the contaminated company.
This consists of wheel, track, armament, and
communication equipment contact teams.
The teams supplement the company's
the tracked vehicle decontamination.
Details of maintenance support are
shown in FM 29-12.
MP support for decontamination and reconstitution efforts will be limited.
The area commander and Provost Marshal set mission priorities among the many
MP missions. MPs may provide escort services to contaminated units moving
to Thorough Decontamination sites. It is unlikely that MPs will assist with
decontamination security, which will be the responsibility of contaminated
Limited MP support, as determined by the Area Commander, may be
available for traffic control outside the decontamination site.
Showers are not required for Detailed Troop Decontamination of chemical and
However, after prolonged periods of fighting in MOPP
Gear, showers can improve the morale and hygiene of troops. Quartermaster
facilities from the supply and service company may provide laundry and
showers. The ART requests these services. Do not consider the runoff water
from these showers contaminated with agents. Showers may not be needed for
If MOPP 4 is used as a protective measure
against fallout, no showers will be needed.
If MOPP 4 is not used, then
contamination will be lodged in hair and on skin and can only be removed by
showering. This runoff will be contaminated and should be controlled.
PART C - DECONTAMINATION SUPPORT OUTSIDE THE DIVISION
Units not belonging to a division and not having a division to support them
go through the same decontamination operations that divisional units to.
The source of support is the only thing that changes.
Separate Maneuver Brigades and Regiments.
Thorough Decontamination in a separate brigade or regiment is handled about
the same as in a division. Squads and platoons