f. In the process of coordinating with the contaminated unit and support units, you must
estimate the number of personnel required to assist the decontamination element. You must harmonize
the efforts of the contaminated unit and higher headquarters to provide engineer, quartermaster, medical,
and transportation support.
a. Coordination of efforts would be next to impossible without the establishment of proper
communications. In planning communications for a decontamination operation, the chemical element
leader coordinates with the supported unit or with the signal officer of the supported unit to determine
communication provisions and to ensure that they are adequate. The decontamination unit must
establish communications with the supported unit and enter the communications net of the supported
b. The platoon leader must obtain current Communications-Electronics Operation Instructions
(CEOI) items that apply to the decontamination element for the duration of the operation. These
instructions are obtained as early as possible to permit changes of radio frequencies and familiarization
with radio call signs.
c. As soon as the decontamination unit commander is informed of the operation, a map
reconnaissance and a tentative communications plan are made. Ground reconnaissance includes
communications reconnaissance. With the assistance of communications personnel, the commander
prepares a plan for signal communications. This information is then included in the unit's Operations
d. The primary means of communication will be radio. The decon unit leader will ensure that
radio sets are located in positions that will afford protection from direct enemy fire and will provide a
relatively unobstructed path in the direction of transmission. When terrain features prevent the selection
of optimum locations, it must be understood that effective communications receive priority in the
selection of radio locations.
e. Communications by wire will primarily depend upon the duration of the decontamination
operation. In an operational decontamination situation, the length of stay at a decontamination location
would not warrant the establishment of a wire net. Decontamination sites that will be used for
operations of long duration or repeated use will require the establishment of wire communications.