September 23, 2015
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – It looked like any other U.S. Army Conex used on every military installation around the globe. But this was no ordinary storage container, this one was part of a mobile forensic exploitation lab (FXL), provided by the Forensic Exploitation Directorate of the Defense Forensic Science Center used by the military to exploit forensic evidence and identify criminals and anonymous threat actors through the use of international biometric databases.
Darr Reimers, a contractor and security cooperation planner with the U.S. Army Pacific Command Asia Pacific Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Fusion Center, said the mobile lab was brought to Joint Base Lewis-McChord as part of Yudh Abhyas, a joint training exercise between I Corps and its Indian counterparts, and was intended to not only showcase its capabilities to the JBLM-based personnel and Indian soldiers, but to strengthen the partner nation relationship in counter-improvised explosive devices.
Eric Sanders, a contractor and forensic technical representative with DFSC led his team from Gillem Enclave, Georgia, and provided tours of the facility with a video and a brief highlighting the mobile lab’s capabilities and effectiveness in processing evidence that has yielded significant results in criminal identification and prosecution.