Military Police joined chemical Soldiers to conduct operational testing of a new decontamination system for vehicles and other ground-based platforms.
Using their currently fielded decontamination applicators, the 411th Military Police Company, 720th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade, joined 3rd Platoon, 181st Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Company, 2nd Chemical Battalion, 48th Chemical Brigade, used the Joint General Purpose Decontaminate for Hardened Military Equipment under simulated conditions in which they would fight.
JGPD-HME consists of three packets containing different powders that are mixed with water to create a solution designed for use against chemical and biological agents.
First use of JGPD-HME by Soldiers from 3rd Platoon, 181st CBRN Co. occurred at West Fort Hood on a hot afternoon.
“Using JGPD was a sweaty experience. JGPD was as easy as one, two, B,” Spc. Ameer Dave said, with a play on words.
Working with U.S. Army Operational Test Command, the Soldiers were part of data collection efforts provided to the Army Evaluation Center, to inform senior Army leaders on how effective and suitable JGPD-HME will be during training and in real-world operations.
“JGPD-HME provides Warfighters a decontaminant that is compatible with fielded and future applicators and should significantly reduce the logistics footprint,” Sgt. 1st Class Crystal Wright, JGPD-HME Test NCOIC with OTC’s Maneuver Support and Sustainment Test Directorate, said.
JGPD-HME provides decontamination for tactical vehicles, shipboard surfaces, crew-served weapons and individual weapons that have been exposed to chemical or biological contamination.
JGPD-HME is a possible decontaminant Soldiers can use in a wider range of environments.