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VISION

The Armed Forces Pest Management Board's vision is that the DoD will be the Federal leader for innovative prevention and management of disease vectors and pests.

MISSION

The Armed Forces Pest Management Board (AFPMB) recommends policy, provides guidance, and coordinates the exchange of information on all matters related to pest management throughout the Department of Defense (DoD). The AFPMB's mission is to ensure that environmentally sound and effective programs are present to prevent pests and disease vectors from adversely affecting DoD operations.

In support of this mission, the Armed Forces Pest Management Board:

  1. Develops and recommends policy to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.
  2. Coordinates pest management activities in the DoD.
  3. Develops issues, and maintains manuals and other guidance necessary to implement the technical requirements of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).
  4. Implements the DoD plan for Certification of Pesticide Applicators and develops comprehensive training guidance for DoD pest management personnel.
  5. Coordinates DoD contingency disease vector and pest management with the Joint Staff, the Combatant Commands and other contingency planning organizations.
  6. Serves as an advisory body to the DoD Components and provides timely scientific and professional pest management advice.
  7. Develops and distributes technical information and guidance on pest management to the Components by means of Technical Information Memoranda and Bulletins, Disease Vector Ecology Profiles and similar publications.
  8. Reviews and approves any introduction, stockage, and deletion of pest management materiel (excluding disinfectants and biocides) by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) in the DoD supply system.
  9. Coordinates and develops requirements for pest management research, development, testing and evaluations in the DoD.

Operates the Information Services Division (ISD).

HISTORY

The Armed Forces Pest Management Board, established by DoD Directive 4715.1, operates under DoD Instruction 4150.7 and a multiservice regulation. Originally chartered in 1956 as the Armed Forces Pest Control Board, it was renamed the Armed Forces Pest Management Board in 1979. The Board meets twice a year in the Washington D.C. area to discuss pest management topics of interest to the Department of Defense. The Armed Forces Pest Management Board is a Directorate in the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment (DUSD(I&E)).

STRATEGY

The strategy of the Armed Forces Pest Management Board is to support military readiness and preventive defense and to demonstrate environmental leadership and avert future pollution problems by maximizing the use of non-chemical or least toxic chemical techniques to control pests and disease vectors. To support this strategy, the Board will:

  1. Promote integrated pest management, biopesticides and least toxic pesticides for installations and deployments.
  2. Advocate personal protection measures against vector-borne diseases.

DIVISIONS

The strategy of the Armed Forces Pest Management Board is to support military readiness and preventive defense and to demonstrate environmental leadership and avert future pollution problems by maximizing the use of non-chemical or least toxic chemical techniques to control pests and disease vectors. To support this strategy, the Board will:

  1. Information Services Division - Provides three principal products: Technical Guides (TGs), Disease Vector Ecology Profiles (DVEPs), and the Living Hazards Database, and serves as OASD(EI&E) POC for inquiries about veterans' exposures to Agent Orange and other pesticide. Conducts literature searches in response to queries from AFPMB staff and the DoD pest management/entomology community.

    TGs provide detailed guidance on specific pest management and disease vector control topics. Currently there are 32 TG available covering topics from pesticide application and handling, to pests, vectors and vector-borne diseases. Although these guides are not DoD policy documents, those cited in DoD policy issuances carry the weight of DoD policy.

    DVEPs are summaries of open source literature on medically important arthropods, vertebrates and plants that may adversely affect troops in specific countries or regions of the world. Primary emphasis is on the epidemiology of arthropod-borne diseases and the bionomics and control of disease vectors. DVEPs have proven to be of significant value to commanders, medical planners, preventive medicine personnel and, particularly, medical entomologists. Sixteen countries and eight geographic regions are currently covered by DVEPs.

    The Living Hazards Database provides information on more than 500 venomous animals (e.g., snakes, insects, spiders) that have been reported to cause death or serious injury to humans worldwide. The data base is searchable by country or venomous animal. A detailed description is also provided, accompanied by the scientific name and known common names. Additional sections cover habitats and distribution, behavior and activity, and venom characteristics.

  2. Operations Division - Provides policy and technical guidance, identification of capability gaps, and subject matter expertise for contingency and garrison vector control, integrated pest management, invasive species management and environmental biology issues that impact military operations.

    Coordinates DoD contingency vector and pest management with the Joint Staff, Combatant Commands, and other US and Allied contingency planning organizations. Advises deployed entomologists and pest management professionals on scientific and professional pest management issues concerning contingency operations worldwide; and provides support to contingency operations through natural resources management including integrated pest management, invasive species and retrograde operations. Supports worldwide pest management operations by identifying DoD resources for surveillance and control of disease vectors, invasive species, nuisance wildlife, and pests that have an operational impact.

    Maintains professional and technical liaison in the area of entomology, integrated pest management, and invasive species with appropriate DoD Components, Federal Agencies (Department of Interior, United States Department of Agriculture, Centers for Disease Control, Environmental Protection Agency), academia, private industry, the National Invasive Species Council, NATO and other national and international entities.

  3. Research Division - Coordinates DoD vector control and pest management research, development, testing, and evaluation (RDT&E) activities and serves as the liaison within the DoD and with other federal agencies, universities, and organizations conducting relevant RDT&E activities. Manages the DWFP Research Program.

    The DWFP Research Program is a Defense Health Program funded effort focused on developing new or improved systems for controlling insects that transmit malaria, dengue, chikungunya and other emerging infectious diseases under austere, remote, and combat conditions; understanding the physiology of insecticidal activity to develop new compounds with greater specific activity and/or higher user acceptability; examining existing area repellents for efficacy and developing new spatially effective repellent systems useful in military situations; developing new methods or formulations for treating cloth to prevent vector biting; and expanding the number of active ingredients and formulations of public health pest pesticides, products and application technologies available for safe and effective applications. The AFPMB partners with the President’s Malaria Initiative and the World Health Organization’s Global Malaria Program to lead development of new tools for insect-borne disease prevention.

AFPMB MAILING ADDRESS

Armed Forces Pest Management Board
U.S. Army Garrison - Forest Glen
2460 Linden Lane, Building 172, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Silver Spring, MD 20910

For technical assistance or general questions contact the AFPMB Webmaster at osd.pentagon.ousd-atl.mbx.afpmb@mail.mil
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