FDPMU East's first priority was to make sure DOD's contribution to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts had just that--clean water.
While FDPMU East employs their Sailors to fix the problems they discover, PMTs and their science help eliminate problems that never existed--like rumors.
Despite having the power to open galleys, get showers running and put commanders at ease about their potable water supply, FDPMU East Sailors understand that their job is largely behind the scenes.
Since units like FDPMU East have all the necessary test equipment with them when they deploy, they're able to give theater commanders answers to their environmental questions faster than conventional methods.
In addition to identifying contaminants in the water, three members of FDPMU East hunted the mosquito--another of Louisiana's potential disease carriers.