U.S. Army 490th Civil Affairs Battalion Teaches Field Sanitation at Camp Lemonnier

CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti  (March 29, 2012) U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Andre Moxley, 490th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Unit preventive medicine non-commissioned officer, instructs U.S. Army Spc. Maricela Cardona, 712th Military Police Company member, on insect and rodent infestation detection and prevention at the Bob Hope Galley here, March 29. Moxley instructed the 40-hour field sanitation certification training course March 26-30, covering proper field sanitation techniques for maintaining clean air, water and food supplies while in the field, as well as how to properly identify rodent and insect infestations and how to prevent them. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. James Brock) CJTF-HOA Photo CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (March 29, 2012) U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Andre Moxley, 490th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Unit preventive medicine non-commissioned officer, instructs U.S. Army Spc. Maricela Cardona, 712th Military Police Company member, on insect and rodent infestation detection and prevention at the Bob Hope Galley here, March 29. Moxley instructed the 40-hour field sanitation certification training course March 26-30, covering proper field sanitation techniques for maintaining clean air, water and food supplies while in the field, as well as how to properly identify rodent and insect infestations and how to prevent them. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. James Brock)
CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (March 26, 2012) U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Andre Moxley, 490th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Unit preventive medicine non-commissioned officer, demonstrates how to use bleach to re-chlorinate and disinfect a five-gallon water container here, March 26. The 490th CA BN FxSP taught field sanitation certification training here March 26-30. The course included instruction on proper field sanitation techniques for maintaining clean air, water and food supplies while in the field, as well as how to properly identify rodent and insect infestations and how to prevent them. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. James Brock CJTF-HOA Photo CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (March 26, 2012) U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Andre Moxley, 490th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Unit preventive medicine non-commissioned officer, demonstrates how to use bleach to re-chlorinate and disinfect a five-gallon water container here, March 26. The 490th CA BN FxSP taught field sanitation certification training here March 26-30. The course included instruction on proper field sanitation techniques for maintaining clean air, water and food supplies while in the field, as well as how to properly identify rodent and insect infestations and how to prevent them. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. James Brock
CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (March26, 2012) U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman Miguel Barajas, Camp Lemonnier Expeditionary Medical Facility member, demonstrates how to use bleach to sanitize a five-gallon water container here, March 26. The 490th CA BN FxSP taught field sanitation certification training here March 26-30. The course included instruction on proper field sanitation techniques for maintaining clean air, water and food supplies while in the field, how to properly identify rodent and insect infestations and how to prevent them. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. James Brock) CJTF-HOA Photo CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (March26, 2012) U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman Miguel Barajas, Camp Lemonnier Expeditionary Medical Facility member, demonstrates how to use bleach to sanitize a five-gallon water container here, March 26. The 490th CA BN FxSP taught field sanitation certification training here March 26-30. The course included instruction on proper field sanitation techniques for maintaining clean air, water and food supplies while in the field, how to properly identify rodent and insect infestations and how to prevent them. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. James Brock)

Without clean air, food and water, the U.S. military cannot complete its mission in the Horn of Africa or anywhere else in the world.

That's where the U.S. Army 490th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Unit steps in. The 490th CABN FxSP conducted a field sanitation certification training course here, March 26-30. Twenty-four service members participated in the course.

"The course is designed to help unit commanders protect their soldiers from food-, water-, air- and insect-borne diseases, as well as noise and inhalation hazards. It also teaches you how to properly apply pesticides and inspect for general food sanitation," said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Andre Moxley, 490th CABN FxSP preventive medicine non-commissioned officer and lead instructor for the course.

The majority of the 40-hour course took place at the Central Texas College classroom with field training also performed in the camp galley and water sanitation training.

"We (want to educate) Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines on how to properly identify rodent and insect infestations that can cause illness. They (are) also educated on PPE (personal protective equipment) as well as the proper use of insect repellant," said Moxley.

Because field sanitation happens at the unit level, preventive medicine non-commissioned officers like Moxley only need to certify the finished work once teams are trained. Units can remain mission ready when not confronted with illnesses and other related problems resulting from improper field sanitation, said Moxley.

"A lot of the preventive aspects of the course (are) new to me," said U.S. Army Sgt. Jeff Hanson, 490th CABN FxSP medic and course assistant instructor. "I've been treating injuries for years, so (it's) nice to get the education on how to teach my troops preventive measures."

Units operating in remote areas throughout the Horn of Africa rely heavily on proper sanitation to stay healthy and mission effective, said Moxley.

"I'm learning a lot about field sanitation and the proper procedures for keeping the field environment clean," said Spc. Lynn Long, 490th CABN mFxSP ember and course participant. "I feel I will be better qualified to maintain field sanitation because not only am I learning the field manual, but I'm also getting hands-on training."

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