M50 gas mask: New look, same protection

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  • By Staff Sgt. Brian Carson
  • 108th Wing Public Affairs
For those members who haven't already heard, the current MCU2P mask that is presently in use for all 108th Wing members is in the process of being replaced. The new mask that will replace the MCU2P will be the M50 Joint Service General Purpose Mask and it is a major improvement and a welcome change.
"The JSGPM M50 was developed to allow a more realistic form, fit, and function while ensuring maximum real-world protection for the joint services," said Senior Master Sgt. Elliot Adkisson, the 108th Wing Emergency Management superintendent. "The M50 is much more comfortable than that of the current MCU2P based on a number of the product improvements present in this mask."
Some of the more notable improvements include the mask being lighter in weight due to its reduced on-the-face weight and bulk; an increased drinking capability of over 200ml per minute; improved weapons, helmet, and sighting system compatibility; and the new carrier reduces dirt intrusion and is MOLLE compatible.
In addition to these improvements, there is also a state of the art communications system that is an upgrade from the current mask.
"There is an over fifty percent reduction in audio amplifier weight," said Adkisson. "There is also a sealed electronic pass through for enhanced integrations with current and future communications systems such as an audio amplifier."
There will be training classes held at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m., each Saturday of the Wing's Unit Training Assembly (UTA) in the LRS Classroom bldg 33-69. During these classes personnel will be sized, fitted, fit tested, and receive initial training on the M50 JSGPM.
In addition, to accommodate the full-time workforce, two weekly classes will be scheduled during the month.
Who knows, maybe MOPP Level 4 will be more fun going forward.