Report of the Director
191st Meeting of the Armed Forces Pest Management Board
CAPT Stanton E. Cope, MSC, USN
November 5, 2010
Please remember to thank members of my staff, each of whom does so much to make
Board week happen. Special mention goes to Leeh Quirk, Marianne Radziewicz and
For the first time in many years, AFPMB is at full staffing. In fact, we have one overage
with Lt Col Terry Carpenter, who is serving as our Special Projects Officer. Recent
additions to the staff include MAJ Kendra Lawrence, who is Deputy Chief for
Information Services, and Lt Col David Bowles, a reservist.
We tried something new this time – pre-registration. Although we had a few glitches, it
seemed to work out pretty well, with a total of 106 registrations. Mr. David Hill did a
great job setting this up, and we plan to continue it for future Board meetings.
Our orientation program was once again a big success. Credit goes to MAJ Meckel and
Ms. Corley for setting up a great schedule and making it happen.
We will continue having our lunchtime seminars. If any of you has suggestions for
speakers or topics, please send them to me.
It was really good to see so many of our active duty entomologists here for Board week.
Overall, we have about 115 uniformed entomologists and I estimate that about 40%
overall were present.
For the time being, it appears as if AFPMB has escaped and BRAC impact. There has
been talk of trying to add another group to our building but I am told that is not going to
We continue to expand and improve our relationship with EPA. CAPT Beavers has done
a great job interacting with them on a number of issues.
AFPMB has solidified its standing as a leader in medical entomology and public health.
The staff is now regularly approached by WHO, USAID, CDC, EPA, industry and other
groups for technical expertise, speaking engagements, etc.
With the resurgence of bed bugs, we have been especially busy with interviews. Dr.
Harlan has become a bit of a celebrity.
We will have our usual symposium on military entomology and our mixer at this year’s
ESA meeting in San Diego. LTC Bill Sames has done a great job putting together the list
National Invasive Species Week will be February 28-March 4. Dr. Egan will be actively
involved and is coordinating with Peter Boice of Environmental Management.
INFORMATION SERVICES DIVISION (ISD) REPORT
5 NOVEMBER 2010
CAPT MARK BEAVERS, MSC, USN
1. Staff Changes. The ISD staff is composed of CAPT Beavers, MAJ Lawrence, Dr. Robbins
and Dr. Harlan. MAJ Lawrence reported onboard 1 October where she assumed her current
duties as Deputy Chief of ISD. COL Spears, a USAF Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA)
assigned to ISD, retired 1 October.
2. Mission. The mission of the ISD is to collect and disseminate medical entomology and other
pest management information to DOD personnel and other agencies. This is accomplished
through such mechanisms as the AFPMB’s Literature Retrieval System (LRS), Living Hazards
Database (LHD), Disease Vector Ecology Profiles (DVEPs), Technical Guides (TGs), etc.
3. AFPMB Website Update. ISD recently assumed responsibility for the AFPMB website and
its content. MAJ Lawrence is now leading a team which includes Mr. Hill and Ms. Judy Stoffer
of WRAIR that is examining ways to improve the website to make it more intuitive, dynamic,
etc. One change that has already been implemented is that through the efforts of Mr. David Hill,
the AFPMB’s image database has been moved to www.flickr.com. This Yahoo® application has
reduced the size of the AFPMB website, increased accessibility to the images and made it easier
to track details on how the images are accessed and by whom.
4. AFPMB Website Usage. From January through October, 2010, the website has had over
140,000 unique visits with over 500,000 website “hits”. These figures are comparable to what
was experienced during the same period last year. This year’s visits have originated from 208
different countries. The top 10 countries for that time period were (numbers are rounded):
United States 64,000
United Kingdom 6,000
5. Technical Guides (TGs). Reviewed and revised TGs 14 (Personal Protective Equipment)
and 44 (Bed Bugs).
6. Disease Vector Ecology Profiles (DVEPs). Continued to develop the DVEP on the Saharan
region of Africa. Simultaneously, ISD is in the process of re-examining the content and format
of the DVEPs and developing a strategy for updating all of them. As a part of these efforts, MAJ
Lawrence has developed a short user survey that will be sent out to the AFPMB Directory and
other entities which should help to improve this product and ISD requests everyone to respond to
the survey when they receive it.
7. Literature Retrieval System (LRS). Dr. Robbins oversaw acquisition of key elements
(books, reports, reprints) from the library of the late Dr. Andy Spielman, Laboratory of Public
Health Entomology, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts. Of 541 works
selected, 366 (68%) are new to the ISD database. Additionally, Dr. Robbins acquired original
reprints of the approximately 200 scientific papers personally authored by Dr. Spielman, many of
which are also expected to be new to the LRS. While 68% may sound low, normal productivity
from similar collections is well below 50%.
8. Training Support. Dr. Robbins served as guest lecturer at the Operational Entomology
Course, U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, Brooks City-Base, San Antonio, Texas
and at the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, University of Delaware, Newark.
Delaware’s students were so impressed with Dr. Robbins and his material that a number of them
expressed interest in careers as military medical entomologists.
9. Federal Interagency Bed Bug Work Group. Dr. Harlan served as a SME and team member
of this Work Group in a joint meeting in August with representatives of the state of Ohio
regarding a FIFRA Sec. 18 (i.e., emergency) request for a label exemption for special use of
propoxur at for use against bed bugs at indoor sites. He served in this capacity upon specific
request by the EPA’s Office of Pesticides Programs (OPP).
10. Support to Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). MAJ Lawrence travelled to
Azerbaijan in October in support of the WRAIR and DTRA’s Cooperative Biological
Engagement Program (CBEP). The purpose of the trip was to continue the vector surveillance
training initiated in Azerbaijan under this program including the initiation of vector laboratory
diagnostics training with the Azerbaijani entomologists that are involved in the program. All
training was conducted at the Republican Anti-Plague Station (APS), which is under the
direction of the Ministry of Health.
11. EPA and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). CAPT Beavers
continued as the AFPMB point of contact on the issue of DOD implementation of the NPDES
for pesticide applications to waters of the US. The NPDES requirements are scheduled for
release in December 2010 with them taking full effect in April 2011. Ongoing efforts include
working directly with the EPA as well as the DOD Clean Water Act Service Steering Committee
(CWASSC). In the case of the former, addressing issues unique to the DOD; and for the latter
developing implementation guidance for use across the DOD.
12. Deployed Warfighter Protection Program (DWFP) Support and Pesticide Registration.
Working with Lt Col Burkett (RLO), LTC Sames (Operations Division) and personnel from
WRAIR and IR-4, ISD is participating in an effort between EPA and the AFPMB to determine
how the EPA can assist the DOD in making a wider range of pesticide products available to
protect deployed personnel. Discussions continue in areas such as developing DOD use only
labels, re-examining data requirements and how best to register new pesticide technologies
developed within the DWFP.
13. Pesticide Registration Training Provided by EPA. The relationship with EPA, while
historically strong, continues to gain even greater strength from continued positive interactions
between the agencies as described in the preceding paragraph. The latest evidence being where
EPA held a half-day training session entitled; “EPA Registration 101” at the AFPMB on
1 November. This training was provided by senior leaders within the EPA (i.e., the Branch
Heads of EPA’s Office of Pesticides Programs [OPP]) and had over 20 attendees from DOD,
USDA, IR-4 and academia.
14. Collaborations with Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center (AFHSC). Strengthened
relationship between AFHSC and AFPMB resulting in a joint meeting that included AFPMB
Division Chiefs where information was shared on respective missions and how each can work
together to better track and reduce the number of vector-borne diseases among DOD personnel.
As a result of the meeting, AFHSC is examining their communicable diseases databases and
working with the AFPMB to develop validated tracking systems for monitoring vector-borne
diseases among OCONUS and CONUS DOD personnel. Initial efforts have focused on dengue
and the first data submission was just submitted to the AFPMB for review and comment.
15. Other Accomplishments Since the Last ISD Report Include:
A. Participated in nine regional and national professional meetings where all participants
either co-authored posters, gave presentations or served as symposium moderators.
B. Reviewed and revised two book chapters, co-authored FIVE peer-reviewed scientific
publications and provided technical content for the WRAIR handbook for its Tropical
Preventive Medicine short course.
C. Serving as taxonomists, ISD staff identified over several hundred specimens for
researchers at Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC), Silver Spring, MD and other
D. As a member of the Deployed Warfighter Protection Program (DWFP) Technical
Committee, reviewed 40 pre-proposals as a part of the FY11 funding cycle.
E. Participated in a Congressional briefing and panel discussion on Integrated
Vector/Malaria Control. Hosted by Africa Fighting Malaria, Malaria No More Policy
Center, Friends of the Global Fight, Syngenta and the Congressional Malaria Caucus.
Other AFPMB attendees were Dr. White and Lt Col Burkett (AFPMB Research Liaison
F. CAPT Beavers and MAJ Lawrence represented the AFPMB at a WHO/USAID meeting
on Integrated Vector Management (IVM) and Capacity Building held 27-29 October in
G. Along with the AFPMB Director, represented the DOD at the 7th meeting of the Global
Collaboration for Development of Pesticides for Public Health held 22-26 June in Geneva,
Switzerland in support of the WHO Pesticide Evaluation Scheme.
H. Participated in over thirty other meetings with EPA, USDA, CDC and other federal
agencies on topics impacting DOD public health and pest management. Examples
EPA’s Pesticides Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC)
EPA’s Public Health Work Group under the PPDC
Federal Interagency Bed Bug Work Group
Federal Public Health Pesticides Consortium (PHPC)
Federal IPM Coordinating Committee (FIPMCC)
G. M. BEAVERS
Report of Operations Division Activities
Armed Forces Pest Management Board
LTC William J. Sames, Ph.D.
1. Meeting Participation:
1) May 11-12, the CLO attended the Joint Environmental Science Working Group
(JESWG) meeting in San Antonio, TX. The CLO’s experience with Occupational and
Environmental Health Site Assessments while deployed to Iraq in 2009-2010 was helpful to this
2) May 25-26, the CLO and AFPMB Director visited Dr. Wirtz at the CDC in Atlanta to
view their facilities, meet other CDC staff, learn about on-going projects, and discuss
collaborations between the AFPMB and the CDC.
3) May 26-28, the CLO and AFPMB Director attended an Aedes aegypti coordination
meeting in Jacksonville, Florida to discuss the dengue fever problems in Key West. Key West
mosquito control staff provided an overview of their current operations and requested
recommendations from attendees on what they could do to improve their operations and on the
feasibility of eradicating Aedes aegypti from Key West.
4) June 8, the CLO attended the Defense Health Board meeting in Alexandria, VA. No
pest management or vector-borne disease issues were discussed.
5) June 28, the CLO attended the EPA/DOD/IR4 Pesticides Requirements Meeting in
Crystal City, VA. The AFPMB Research Liaison Officer presented information on the pesticide
needs and issues related to DOD CONUS and OCONUS needs.
6) July 12-16, the ACLO attended the Basic Contingency Operation Training Course
(BCOT) sponsored by the Defense Contracting Management Command (DCMA). BCOT is a
combination of resident and non-resident training, which prepares Contingency Contract
Administration Services (CCAS) personnel for the technical duties performed during
contingency temporary duty assignments. The ACLO evaluated the course from a student’s
perspective to determine if it was feasible to incorporate Quality Assurance Evaluator pest
management training into the DCMA training sessions. DCMA’s Contract Specialists (ACO)
and Quality Assurance Specialists (QAR) are those responsible for contract oversight in Theaters
of War. The Air Force is about to launch an online web-based Quality Assurance Evaluation
(QAE) course that may meet the intent and training requirement of DODI 4150.07.
7) August 6-13, the CLO and ACLO attended the Army Force Health Protection
Conference and Joint Environmental Surveillance Working Group (JESWG) meetings in
Phoenix, Arizona. The AFPMB information booth was displayed in the vendor area and
CLO/ACLO provided information and direct consultation on pest management and vector-borne
8) August 30-31, the CLO, ACLO, and the RLO visited the Natick Soldier Research,
Development and Engineering Center in Natick, MA. The primary purpose was to visit the
laboratory where permethrin treated uniforms were tested. Attendees also received tours and
briefings in regards to textile technology and development, light effects on clothing, shelter
development, and meal-ready-to-eat development.
9) September 2, the CLO and AFPMB Director meet with the Director DLA Enterprise
Support and the DLA Entomologist and DLA Headquarters, Fort Belvoir, VA. The Directors
discussed potential collaborations between the two agencies.
10) September 28-30, the CLO attended the Congressional Briefing Conference in
11) September 20-23, the CLO attended the Joint Humanitarian Operations Course at the
Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, CA. The course was taught by US Agency for
International Development (USAID) and focused on USAID and DOD relationships during
humanitarian assistance or disaster relief operations. It is recommended that future CLOs attend
this course to understand this relationship and what is expected of the DOD during these
12) October 5, the CLO met with the Entomological Sciences Division staff at the Public
Health Region-North, Fort Meade, MD to discuss test results of parasites from Iraq and
determine the way-ahead for analyzing and publishing this information.
13) October 12-14, the CLO delivered the Key Note Address and the AFPMB Mission
and Services presentations at the Texas Mosquito Control Association’s annual meeting in
14) October 19-22, the CLO delivered the AFPMB Mission and Services presentation at
the Georgia Mosquito Control Association’s annual meeting in Athens, GA.
b. Environmental Biologist:
1) May 31- June 3, attended the International Weeds Across Borders meeting at the
National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV.
2) June 21-25, attended the National Invasive Species Council Invasive Species
Advisory Committee semi-annual meeting in San Francisco, CA.
3) September 27-30, attended the annual meeting of the North American Weed
Management Association in Pueblo, CO.
4) August 27, attended workshop on the self-certification standards for the nursery
industry assuring retailers and their customers that plants were free of invasive insects and
Attended the following local meetings:
a) Five monthly National Invasive Species Council meetings – Policy Liaison
b) Four monthly Federal Interagency Committee for the Management of Noxious
and Exotic Weeds (FICMNEW) meetings.
c) Five monthly AT&L Conservation Committee meetings.
d) Two quarterly Invasive Terrestrial Animals and Pathogens (ITAP) meetings.
2. Operations Division Services:
a. Provided consultations to US Forces in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan on a variety of
pest management and medical entomology issues. Primary issues in Iraq and Afghanistan
related to their pest management plans and contractual and quality assurance issues. Personnel
in both countries submitted monthly pesticide reports in a timely fashion. US Forces in Pakistan
were supporting the USAID disaster relief mission. The primary issue is that no entomologist or
qualified pest control applicator were deployed with any of the Services, and host nation
restrictions prevented the reinforcement of these personnel with pest control personnel.
Consultations discussed alternatives. Most of the deployed personnel are reported to have bed
nets, DEET, and permethrin treated uniforms; all are directed to take malaria chemoprophylaxis,
doxycycline. In response to a discussion about the Pakistan military (PAKMIL) applying a
questionable pesticide around US Forces, the AFPMB initially rejected its use until an alternate
pesticide could be determined. Later, it was determined the pesticide was a legitimate product
even though it was mislabeled, and the AFPMB Director approved its use around US Forces
living and working areas. One Marine contracted vivax malaria prior to this approval, but that
was attributed to non-compliance with chemoprophylaxis regimen.
b. The CLO coordinated, supervised, and finalized the Annual Training for 2 US Army
Reservists at the AFPMB: 14-25 June CPT Daniel Currier; 30 Aug-10 Sep MAJ Peter Follett.
Reservists continued the development of a bibliography on the ticks of Korea and Japan. Duties
involved finding new articles and adding this information to the Literature Retrieval Service
c. June 29, CLO and ACLO supported Defense Logistics Agency’s Family Day by
organizing and manning an insect booth. Petting the Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches was a
highlight of the Family Day activities.
d. Permethrin Uniforms: the CLO provided reviews of the Army Question and Answer fact
sheet that was to be distributed with the FRACU-P, which was fielded beginning in July. The
Operation Enduring Freedom Camouflage Uniform (OCP, aka the Multicam) began fielding in
August. The Navy and Air Force have uniform representatives at the Natick Soldier Research,
Development, and Engineering Center to work on permethrin treatment of those uniforms. The
Navy is considering the use of permethrin on its wool uniforms to protect them from insect
e. The Environmental Biologist provided oversight and coordination to Services and U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for US Forest Service funding. Forwarded FY 11 requests
for proposed forest pest suppression projects and list of FY 10 accomplishments to be entered
into Forest Service data base.
f. The Environmental Biologist provided consultations about invasive species to Services’
Natural Resources and Pest Management program managers and installation level managers.
g. The Environmental Biologist reviewed FY 11 Legacy Program pre-proposals of which 25
were invasive species related.
h. The ACLO organized, coordinated, and lead the 2010 AFPMB Orientation Program for
the November 2010 meeting. The intent of this program is to involve Company Grade
entomologists early in their career in the AFPMB activities and the orientation is one way to
familiarize them with the workings of the AFPMB. During the orientation week, the participants
get to see the AFPMB Committees and Council in action. In addition to the Committee and
Council meetings, the participants will tour the Pentagon, Walter Reed Army Institute of
Research, Walter Reed National Medical Museum, and the Walter Reed Biosystematic’s Unit.
i. The ACLO provided Government Purchase Card services and is responsible for
processing service and supply transactions to the AFPMB.
j. The ACLO is the AFPMB’s Security Officer and provided consultations on
k. The ACLO is the AFPMB point of contact for all foreign travel requests, in-processing
and out-processing of unit (all Services) personnel through the Pentagon, facilitates DoD security
clearances, and all Official Passport clearances and applications. ACLO completed 2 passport
applications and the procurement of 3 NATO travel orders for international travel.
l. The ACLO served as the acting Military Assistant to the Deputy Under-Secretary of
Defense for Installations and Environment for 8 days since the April AFPMB meeting. Duties
entailed planning and scheduling of the Deputy’s calendar, review of Congressional Packets
before signature, and coordination of meetings of the Senior Executive Service Directors.
m. Army Administrative Actions: In the absence of a unit finance and personnel section, the
CLO and ACLO are responsible for the accountability and duty status of Army Service Members
in the Unit Commander’s Financial Report on a monthly basis. This entails visiting Walter Reed
Army Medical Center on the last Wednesday of each month to verify and sign finance and
personnel accountability reports and submit finalized leave forms.
n. June 2, CLO and ACLO provided support to the Secretary of Defense’s Environmental
Awards and Reception, which was held at the Pentagon.
3. External Document Reviews:
a. June, drafted, edited, and published the Army Medical Entomology Newsletter (AMEN).
b. October 27, drafted, edited, and published the Army Medical Entomology Newsletter
c. September 1, reviewed the Pest Management Plan for Kuwait.
d. Reviewed the Pest Management Plan for Afghanistan.
e. October 29, reviewed CENTCOM Regulation 200-2.
4. Internal Document Reviews:
a. Completed revision, approval, and posting of TG 24.
b. Completed 3 peer-reviews of articles for domestic and international journals.
5. Upcoming events:
a. November 29-December 2, the Environmental Biologists will attend the Microbial
Symposium at National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV.
b. December 6-9, the CLO is scheduled to attend the annual Canadian PMAC meeting in
c. December 10-16, the AFPMB hosts the DoD Symposium at the Entomological Society of
America’s Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA. The CLO organized and coordinated for this
event and will be the Symposium moderator.
d. February 2011, the CLO will present the AFPMB Mission and Services brief to the Mid-
Atlantic Mosquito Control Association in Wilmington, NC.
e. March 2011, the CLO will present “William Gorgas: To Havana and Beyond” in a
symposium at the American Mosquito Control Association’s Annual Meeting in Anaheim, CA.
f. March 2011, the ACLO will attend the Armed Forces Force Health Protection
Conference in Hampton, VA.
6. July 1, 2011, the CLO will retire. ACAP briefings and other transition requirements are in
progress. September 13-16, the CLO attended the Transition Assistance Program briefings; June
1, the CLO attends DTAP brief. Transition PTDY and leave is tentatively scheduled to begin on
11 April 2011. The CLO’s replacement is expected to arrive around mid-March.
WILLIAM J. SAMES
LTC, U.S. Army
Chief, Operations Division/Contingency Liaison
Report of Research Liaison Officer Activities
Armed Forces Pest Management Board
Lt Col Douglas A. Burkett, BSC, USAF
Activities from April-Nov 2010
• Presented Deployed War-Fighter Protection (DWFP) poster and attended the “Emerging
Diseases in a Changing European Environment” (EDEN) conference focusing on vector-
borne diseases of global importance, especially Europe.
• Met with Bayer Corporation Headquarters Technical Representatives in Lyon, France to
discuss future public health pesticides of military interest (Aqua-K-Orthrine) and
voluntary withdrawal of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registration of
resmethrin. Accompanied by Dr. White.
• Conducted staff visit to World Health Organization Pesticide Evaluation Scheme
(WHOPES) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss future collaborations,
registration and evaluations of public health pesticides of interest to the military.
Accompanied by Dr. White.
• Conducted site visit to the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural
Research Service (USDA ARS), European Biological Control Laboratory in Montpellier,
France. National Program Leader for Medical and Veterinary Entomology, Dr. Dan
Strickman spent 8 months as Interim Director of laboratory. Accompanied by Dr. White
whose trip included site visits with Navy Entomology Center of Excellence (NECE)
officers to the International Pesticides Application Research Centre and the Silsoe Spray
Technology Centre in U.K.
• OSD/AFPMB representative on monthly Public Health Pesticides Consortium (PHPC)
teleconference that includes members from Environmental Protection Agency (EPA);
United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service (USDA ARS);
OSD; United States Agency for International Development (USAID); National Institute
of Health (NIH), and organized by Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
• Performed escort duty for OSD/I&E annual Environmental awards.
• Served as acting Military Assistant to OSD/I&E (Dr. Dorothy Robyn) in Pentagon.
• Attended Congressional Briefing and Panel Discussion on Integrated Vector / Malaria
Control. Hosted by Africa Fighting Malaria, Malaria No More Policy Center, Friends of
the Global Fight, Syngenta and the Congressional Malaria Caucus. Accompanied by Dr.
White and CAPT Beavers (AFPMB Chief of Information Services Division).
• Awarded DWFP contract to Beelogics LLC to produce 5 grams of an experimental
molecular pesticide (RNAi) for USDA ARS collaborators at the Center for Medical and
Veterinary Entomology lab in Gainesville, FL.
• On behalf of RLO, Dr White presented DWFP highlights to 7th biennial meeting of the
Global Collaboration for Development of Pesticides for Public Health, marking the 50th
anniversary of WHOPES, convened by WHO in Geneva.
• On behalf of RLO, Dr White accompanied Dr Malamud-Roam (IR-4 PH Manager) for
visits to research facilities of BASF Pest Control Solutions, and Bayer Environmental
Science, at Research Triangle Park, NC, for DWFP briefings and potential registration
plans for new PH pesticide products.
• For EPA requirements on setting tolerances for mosquito control applications of Zenivex
ULV applications over crops and pasture, Drs White and Malamud-Roam participated in
field trials, on behalf of RLO.
• Authored and distributed call for FY11pre-proposals for the DWFP Program. A total of
40 pre-proposals were received from federal, foreign government, university and private
industry focusing on development of new public health pesticides, application technology
and personal repellent systems. The 10-member DWFP technical committee asked for 19
full proposals. Full proposals are due November 10, 2010. This year, there is $1.3M
available for new grants.
• Review, site and orientation visit to Natick Laboratories, U.S. Army Natick Soldier
Research, Development, and Engineering Center to observe testing and evaluation of
military permethrin treated uniforms and meet with Service representatives tasked with
implementing uniform requirement responsibilities including permethrin treatments.
Accompanied by AFPMB CLO (LTC Sames) and ACLO (MAJ Meckel).
• RLO and AFPMB staff met with Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center (AFHSC) to
share information on respective missions, and how each can work together to better track
and reduce the number of insect-transmitted diseases.
• Met with industry partner, Killgerm Corporation and fly experts from U.S. Department of
Agriculture, Centers for Disease Control, US Army Public Health Command and
University of Florida in Jupiter Beach Florida to discuss production and prototype field
evaluations of deployable filth fly killing device called the FAST TC. Field evaluations
were favorable, licensing agreement finalized and production is scheduled for January
• Facilitated meeting between Killgerm Corporation and Dorendorf Advance Technology,
a DWFP industry partner, to begin discussions on commercial production of backpack
sprayer and ULV nozzle.
• Authored annual R2/R2A report to congress summarizing DWFP accomplishments. The
R2 / R2A report summarizes recent DWFP accomplishments and projects plans for the
• Travelled to dengue outbreak in Key West, FL to assist DWFP funded commercial
partner, Springstar Inc., in field evaluations of “Trap-N-Kill” lethal ovitraps (LOTs).
Field trials evaluated LOT effectiveness, and will hopefully help facilitate EPA
registration. Dr. White, US Army Public Health Command and NECE members assisted
Florida Keys Mosquito Control District and Springstar Inc in the deployment of 6,000
prototype LOTs to control Aedes aegypti.
• Led joint EPA and DoD military pesticide use working group that briefed EPA on
military pesticide use scenarios, military needs during contingencies, and vector control
research and development of interest to the military. EPA wants to assist DoD in
military labeling, data requirements, and registration of new pesticide technology and has
agreed to provide AFPMB staff a short risk assessment course. Accompanied by
AFPMB Director and Division Chiefs.
• Participated in interagency meeting with EPA Office of Pesticide Programs, Registration
division (Ms Lois Rossi) to include AFPMB Division Chiefs (LTC Sames and CAPT
Beavers), WRAIR (Dr Ed Rowton) and IR-4 (Dr Malamud-Roam) to discuss draft
procedure matrix to register pesticide products of interest to the military. These include
(1) pests not in US; (2) pesticides and products registered in other countries, but not in
US and (3) military labeling. Discussion led by IR-4.
• Deployed War-Fighter Protection Program (DWFP) site visit to USDA ARS, Center for
Medical and Veterinary Entomology (CMAVE); and University of Florida Department of
Entomology and Nematology.
• Site and orientation visit to Navy Entomology Center of Excellence (NECE) at Naval Air
Station Jacksonville to meet new hires working DWFP related research, after Dr White
represented AFPMB for NECE Change of Charge ceremony.
• Represented Air Force and Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) as service
representative for development and evaluations of the entomology module for the
Defense Occupational and Environmental Health Readiness System (DOEHRS).
On behalf of RLO, Dr White participated in strategy review meeting on Malaria Vector
Control for Latin America, hosted by PAHO and CDC Atlanta.
• Presented DWFP scientific poster and attended Society of Vector Ecology (SOVE)
conference in Raleigh, NC. Numerous DWFP sponsored scientific papers were
• Site visit to U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity USAMMDA (COL Russ
Coleman and staff) at Fort Detrick to discuss advance development testing for DWFP
related projects. Accompanied by MAJ Lawrence from WRAIR Entomology Division.
• Dr White represented DWFP at WHO stakeholders meeting on Integrated Vector
Management (IVM), convened by the Vector Ecology & Management Unit, World
Health Organization Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland; also the IVM Technical Group
meeting for increasing multi-disease impact, convened at Liverpool School of Tropical
Medicine, U.K.; and the IVM Core Group meeting on capacity development, convened
by USAID RTI in Washington, D.C
• Hosted weekly telecom with Dr. Strickman (National Program Leader, USDA ARS,
Program 104) and Dr. Graham White on DWFP related research and activities.
• Hosted weekly telecom with IR-4 to discuss and prioritize registration of products of
interest to DWFP and the military.
• Teleconferences with DWFP competitive grant recipients including (1) Dr. Lane Foil,
LSU for work on feed through insecticides for sand fly control; (2) Dr. Alon Warburg,
Hebrew University for his work on insecticide treated durable fabrics for sand fly control;
(3) Richard Poche, Genesis Labs for his work on rodent feed-throughs, and; (4) Randy
Gaugler, Rutgers University for an update on Asian tiger mosquito control using
pyriproxifen and “autodisemination”.
• Attended National Pest Control Association annual meeting in Honolulu. Purpose was
to meet with vendors and learn about research needs for new pest management
• Recently surpassed 200 peer reviewed publications as a result of DWFP funding
• Served as Ex-officio for AFPMB’s Repellent and Research Committees. Due to
retirement of Repellents Committee chair, LTC Dunton, and unavailability of vice chair,
LCDR Stoops, served as acting chair of repellents committee for 191st meeting
//Signed//dab//4 November 2010
Douglas A Burkett, Lt Col, USAF, PhD
Research Liaison Officer
Armed Forces Pest Management Board, ODUSD (I&E)