1/11/2011 - JOINT
BASE ANDREWS, Md -- 8 Jan. 2011 -- Joint Base Andrews, Md. - The
113th Medical Group is replacing Airman's outdated MCU-2A/P gas mask for the
newer, more improved and comfortable M50 Joint Service General Purpose gas
Bioenvironmental staff has been replacing the masks over the last two drill
weekends. The new gas mask has many comfort improvements including two
conformal filters, which allows a 50 percent improvement in breathing.
have redesigned the masks to be more comfortable and provide a higher level of
protection," said Lt Andre Slaughter 113th Wing's Bioenvironmental
Engineer. "We will probably fit-test over 50 masks today, and we are
looking to test a further 150 masks this weekend."
member who receives a new mask undergoes the gas fit test, which takes only
minutes but enables the member get a better idea of how to wear the new mask.
these new masks they fit so well you could wear your normal glasses ... the fit
factor is much higher," Slaughter added "In the past the old mask did
not fit so well due to the contour of the face."
of the Airman who completed the fit test found the mask to be a great
improvement of the last.
am deploying overseas and would much rather have this mask than the old
one," said Tech Sgt. Robert Wise, 113th Vehicle Maintenance Squad.
previous gas mask MCU -2A/P has been in service for more than fifteen years,
the newer M50 offers the same level of protection against chemical, biological
and radiological threats as the old style mask; however, has an improved head
harness, a wider view, easier access to the drinking tube and dual filters, as
well as improved speech capabilities. It also comes with a newly improved
carrier, which can be attached to body armor. The Medical Group hopes to have
all the members of the D.C. Air National Guard fitted and tested with the new
masks within the next few months.