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Tactical Trash Bags

This caption answers the question of why that Paladin in yesterday's picture was so squeaky clean. "European Activity Set" the new POMCUS* (there was a Legion of Merit for some Colonel there...).M113A1-B-Mor-06-2014.jpgSoldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division conduct live-fire training during the mortar evaluation program for Combined Resolve II at the U.S. Army Joint Multinational Training Command's training grounds in Grafenwoehr, Germany. This is the first time the unit has conducted gunnery with the European Activity Set, a set of armored vehicles and equipment pre-positioned in Grafenwoehr to support both live-fire training in Europe and perform contingency missions for the U.S. Army's European Rotational Force. Photo by Capt. Sandra Stover.  

*POMCUS: Prepositioning Of Materiel Configured in Unit Sets.
 

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How does POMCUS differ from all that other materiel that was supposedly prepositioned in the '80's in case the Warsaw Pact stormed through the Fulda Gap?
 

 That *was* POMCUS, Frank.  That was the point I was trying (apparently badly) to make.

What's old is new.

 

 

 
  Oh, and that POMCUS stuff wasn't "supposedly" there, Frank. It was there. I drew from POMCUS stocks twice while doing the REFORGER thing from Fort Riley in the mid-late 80's. And on the years we weren't REFORGERing we went on PIREP, where we went and actually inspected our designated unit sets.
 
My mistake.  I think I just revealed my ignorance that the Cold War program was called POMCUS.  LOL
 
 As Heartless Lib noted over on Facebook - those desert soldiers are going to be surprised if they have to drive that thing in the woods, and strip off those packs and bags...
 
The more important question is "whose rucksack gets to be protected by a trash bag"? Do we have a trash bag protection gap going on here. If those are the squad leader and senior gunner's rucksacks, then Houston, we have a problem.
 
Well, I'm just an ex-pogue, but it looks like some of those straps are trying to get tangled in the treads; although they're probably overhanging outboard just enough too far for that. (Police those up with some hundred mile an hour tape and you should be good, except for getting drug off by trees like the man said.)

I do seeme to remember trees and saplings playing havoc with the central tire inflation systems of the new five tons that one time we went into a part of the range that had laid fallow; but not on my 1967 model M35 w/w deuce and a half.
 
 I may be showing my ignorance, but do we need a piece of armor to carry what appears to be a 4 duece mortar?
 
Yes, GC, they do need the track to carry the mortar. It's also a cheap and easy to obtain option since the M-113 was not going to be used for anything else in the future. Some of those straps could use some attention, however.
 
And, no one really classifies the M113 chassis as a piece of armor anymore.
Hell, we didn't back in the day.

 
 
The 113's "armor" wouldn't stop much. Maybe low energy fragments, but that's about it. A .50 round will penetrate the thing as I recall. They ain't much at 13 tons.
 
Ivncenturian, I'd say the people on the ball enough to bring their own trash bags got their stuff extra protected.

(Good initiative, guys; and like my old 1SGT B said, when you use your initiative, you get into trouble. Check with supply, maybe they got something waterproof in a color besides "bullseye black." Else go to SSSC and get some tan aerosol paint, and enough trash bags for the rest of the squad if supply doesn't still stock those old "waterproof" bags that fit inside your ruck. And figure out somewhere to put that gear that doesn't block the ramp or the head lights or the driver and the trees can't grab it. (Good grief I'm going tose my membership in the E-4 mafia if I don't stop sounding like a platoon sergeant.))
 
Great, now I'm portman-doing word fragments. 
 
Glad you put "waterproof" in scare quotes, CCO. I put a trash bag inside of mine because of warnings from the old hands about how waterproof they were. Consequently, I never had wet gear when the stuff had to go in the Bussel rack.