U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific
In Any Clime and Place
Photo By: Cpl. Ben Eberle
POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA, Hawaii - Lance Cpl. James Russell, an electrician with Combat Logistics Battalion 3, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, explains how he and other Marines operate MAGS (Micro Auto Gasification System) here Jan 25. The system was being tested as a waste disposal solution during Lava Viper, a Marine Corps field training exercise that takes place at PTA, and is being considered for additional follow-on tests in austere environments. In a controlled extreme-heat environment, Processing about 50 pounds of solid waste per hour, MAGS is capable of handling the daily waste disposal needs of approximately 1,000 troops, converting 95 percent of the waste to gas, which is then used to fuel the process. Russell, 24, is from Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
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