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Zero Footprint Camp: Leaving No Trace Behind

Written by  Thomas A. Bush November 21, 2007

With the U.S. Army’s thousands of soldiers, and base camp operations located throughout the world, even small incremental improvements in operations can reap real rewards in terms of efficiency, safety, and cost savings. Add to this the increasingly restrictive international, national and local laws regarding the environment and the health of citizens, and the stakes become that much higher. Army base camp operations in the Balkans region of Europe – a significant hub of activity involving seven camps – are now the focus of a major Army initiative being conducted in concert with Hughes Associates, Inc. Dubbed the ambitious program name Zero Footprint Camp, this initiative is charting a whole new course for base camp operations design: the ability to move into an area, set up a base camp, and then – when the mission is accomplished and the camp is shut down – to leave no environmental trace behind. These base

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