operations. Therefore, camouflage, concealment, and operational security are essential. Additional
measures will be required if sufficient cover is not available. The use of natural and artificial means of
camouflage will be required if the terrain and existing vegetation do not prevent observation. Smoke
can be used to conceal detailed equipment decontamination operations.
Personnel engaging in equipment decontamination are not as vulnerable as those involved in personnel
decontamination. Nevertheless, security is very important. The site must be compatible with security
requirements. Because of the vulnerability of troops during decontamination operations, the site must be
(9) Submitting Site Selection Reports.
Selecting a site is only the first step in preparing for a decontamination operation. The next step is to
prepare a site selection report. A site selection report is a tool the commander must have in order to
properly plan a decontamination operation. Since the report provides planning considerations, it must
contain as much information as possible to ensure adequate support is provided for construction of the
The site selection report consists of two parts: A site map or sketch of the area and a written or oral
(a) Site map or sketch.
The first part of the report consists of a map or sketch of the site with all necessary references plotted.
When constructing a site map or sketch, insure the following references are plotted:
■ Water source access.
■ Normal wind direction (based on prevailing winds).
■ Location of the contaminated unit.
■ Decontamination site location (downwind from friendly troops).
■ Road access.
■ Observation Post/Listening Post positions for site protection.