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NEWS | Dec. 6, 2021

Corrosion: Cleaning is Key to Prevention

Dear Editor,

I’m an allied trades/small engine supervisor at the 406th AFSB. We’re constantly informing Soldiers of the importance of keeping vehicles and equipment clean.

The first line of defense against corrosion is at the operator level. Operators must clean their equipment after every mission.

As winter approaches, roads are sanded and salted, which makes weekly cleaning critical. This stuff takes a rapid toll on equipment!
I know this isn’t a new or original idea. However, it’s of such importance that we in the sustainment business keep sounding the alarm as often as possible.

Anthony Anderson
Ft Drum, NY
Editor’s note: Mr. Anderson, how right you are! PS has run articles about cleaning equipment since PS Issue #3 in 1951. Thank you for reminding us all that the best prevention for corrosion is keeping equipment clean, especially in winter.

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