Better decontamination sites. The fixed decontamination site has a
more efficient site layout and operation. It does not have to be
set up, torn down, and moved.
Fewer decontamination units required. A decontamination company can
be dedicated to the decontamination station and service a large part
of the corps support area. They can provide extended Equipment and
It is important to avoid contamination spread. When contaminated equipment
moves to fixed stations, it may spread contamination along its route. There
are two ways to reduce this problem:
maintain enough service stations to
keep travel distances short, and use a Vehicle Washdown before the move.
For example, when a mobile team arrives at a contaminated airfield, it can
set up a Vehicle Washdown just outside the contaminated area. The airfield
personnel, after running their vehicles through the washdown, can then move
to the service station for Thorough Decontamination without spreading
significant contamination along the way.
The mobile decontamination team
stays at the airfield to decontaminate the facility.
Simultaneous attack will be part of the enemy's strategy.
It would be a
grave mistake to assume that the enemy will not use combinations of nuclear,
biological, and chemical weapons. Once NBC weapons have been introduced on
the battlefield, the enemy likely will try to deceive you regarding the
hazard to which you are being exposed.
The thermal effects of a nuclear
blast might destroy the effects of chemical or biological weapons used at
the same time. But chemical or biological weapons can be very effective if
they follow a nuclear attack or are used in the surrounding area.
casualties and psychologically stressed soldiers would be very vulnerable.
facilities, and vehicles damaged by the nuclear detonation.
employed in this sequence could mix chemical and biological agents with the
Mixed Agent Munitions.
To compound the problem of multiple types of contamination, the enemy may
use a mixture of agents in munitions.
Such mixtures could be used to
achieve various purposes:
Lower the freezing point of the agents, such as a Mustard-Lewisite
Create both percutaneous, through the skin, and inhalation hazards,
such as thickened GD and GB