When the contaminated unit wants to conduct Thorough Decontamination, the commander contacts the
battalion TOC and requests relief from its mission. The battalion commander decides whether or not the
contaminated unit can withdraw, move to the rear of the BSA, and undergo decontamination and
reconstitution. The battalion commander informs the brigade of this action.
The battalion decon team usually will not move with the contaminated unit nor provide detailed
equipment decontamination support. Instead, it will maintain forward positions to continue to provide
operational decontamination support to the rest of the battalion.
Usually, a chemical company provides general support within a division. Its platoons may be in direct
support or attached to each maneuver brigade.
c. Site Selection.
brigade/division chemical section. Routes, designated by the division G4, are used for the movement of
The decon platoon may need to improve the site. Time, materials, and special earth-moving equipment
may be needed to construct the site. If engineer support is required, the decon platoon leader must
submit a request through its company headquarters or the unit it is supporting.
d. Advanced Party Rendezvous.
Prior to starting the thorough decontamination operations, the contaminated unit's decon personnel join
the decon platoon at the decontamination site. The decon platoon leader briefs them on the site layout
e. Site Setup.
The contaminated unit's decon personnel set up the detailed troop decontamination stations while the
decon platoon sets up the detailed equipment decontamination stations. While these sites are being
prepared, the main body of the contaminated unit moves to the predecon staging area.