DESTRUCTION OF ARMY MATERIEL TO PREVENT ENEMY USE CONTINUED
Destruction by Fire. Items that can be destroyed by fire shall be burned. The destruction of equipment by
use of fire is an effective method of destroying low-melting-point metal items (e.g., side rails, threaded
portions of nuts and bolts, and platforms). However, mechanical destruction should be completed first,
whenever possible, before initiating destruction by fire. When items to be destroyed are made of metal,
textile materials (or some comparable low combustible material) they should be packed under and around
the items, then soaked with a flammable petroleum product and ignited. Proper concentration of
equipment that is suitable for burning will provide a hotter and more destructive fire.
Destruction by Use of Natural Surroundings. Small vital parts of assemblies that are easily accessible
may be disposed of as follows: Disposal or denial of equipment to an enemy may be accomplished
through use of natural surroundings. Accessible vital parts of assemblies may be removed and scattered
through dense foliage, buried in dirt or sand, or thrown into a lake, stream, or other body of water. Total
submersion of equipment in a body of water will provide water damage as well as concealment. Salt water
will inflict extensive damage to mountaineering equipment.
PREPARATION FOR STORAGE AND SHIPMENT
Store equipment away from direct sunlight, high heat, moisture (especially salt water) harsh chemicals,
and fuels. Ensure equipment is completely dry before storing.
The Avalanche transceiver should be padded for storage or shipment to prevent damage to the internal