The strategy of the AFPMB is to support military readiness and preventive defense, and to demonstrate environmental leadership and avert future pollution problems by maximizing the use of nonchemical or least toxic chemical techniques to manage pests and disease vectors.
The AFPMB includes a directorate, council, and several committees:
Directorate--The full-time administrative body of the AFPMB currently consists of 7 active duty medical entomologists representing the US Army, Navy, and Air Force, 3 federal employees, and 3 contractors.
Director--Supervises the directorate, and plans and conducts AFPMB operations.
Information Liaison Officer--In charge of the Information Services Division and responsible for the acquisition, analysis, and dissemination of information on arthropod-borne disease control, pest management, and natural resources for the AFPMB.
Committees--The major business of the AFPMB is accomplished by committees consisting of members and agency representatives.
The Operations Division acts as a conduit to the AFPMB on contingency issues and is able to consult and coordinate with offices throughout the DoD and among our allies.
The RLO is the principal AFPMB contact with the USDA's Agricultural Research Service and other pest management research programs, and helps to coordinate DoD research requirements for military pest management and vector control.
Details are in the AFPMB Technical Guide 36 (4) and in the USACHPPM fact sheet on the DoD Insect Repellent System (9) and at the Army Medical Department Center and School deployment training portal.
When such products are brought to the market, the AFPMB makes every effort to evaluate their potential for use by DoD components and to add them as needed to the stock list.
The AFPMB Pesticide and Equipment Committees take the lead on identifying and recommending new products and equipment for inclusion on the national stock list.
This is due in large part to the synergy that results from joint efforts between the Army, Air Force, and Navy through the continued coordination of the AFPMB.