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Tactical Herbicides - Background

DoD List of Locations Where Tactical Herbicides Were Tested, Used and Stored Outside of Vietnam

The DoD list of locations where tactical herbicides were tested, used and/or stored outside of Vietnam was compiled in response to recommendations made in Government Accountability Office (GAO) Report GAO-19-24, “AGENT ORANGE: Actions Needed to Improve Accuracy and Communication of Information on Testing and Storage Locations,” dated November 15, 2018 (GAO Code 102077).

From 2018 through 2019, hundreds of government documents from a variety of sources to include the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Air Force Historical Research Agency (AFHRA), United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Library (USDA NAL) and Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) were reviewed by the DoD. Information obtained from these documents was validated against criteria developed jointly by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense (DoD), resulting in the DoD list currently posted on the Veterans Administration (VA) webpage

Locations that appear on the list meet criteria agreed upon by VA and DoD. Locations removed from the list previously posted did not meet the criteria. For example, testing conducted at Kapaa Experimental Station, Kauai, Hawaii on September 6, 1968 did not involve tactical herbicides, their components or DoD personnel.

The DoD list of locations is a “living document” which will be updated as new, validated information becomes available. The Armed Forces Pest Management Board (AFPMB) has been assigned responsibility by the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (USD(A&S)) to maintain and update the DoD list of locations and ensure its currency and accuracy. If you have information/documentation concerning locations where tactical herbicides were tested, used and/or stored, please send it by e-mail to osd.pentagon.ousd-atl.mbx.afpmb@mail.mil, or fax to (301) 295-7473, or mail to Armed Forces Pest Management Board; US Army Garrison Forest Glen; 2460 Linden Lane, Building 172; Silver Spring, MD 20910.

Please note that the AFPMB does not review or evaluate claims for service-related disability; the VA is the sole authority for reviewing and evaluating service-related disability claims.