U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center
Hercules Engineering Solutions Consortium (HESCO) Barriers
HESCO Barriers are a modern type of gabion currently employed in the battlespaces of Iraq and Afghanistan. HESCO barriers are constructed of Galfan coated steel welded mesh and lined with non-woven polypropylene geotextile. They are then filled with local dirt and rock. The use of these barriers had reduced the amount of time and manpower needed to build defensive positions and they are generally sturdier than those constructed of sandbags.
Structures like the one you see before you have been used by the US Military for additional security at permanent traffic control points in places as the Green Zone in Baghdad and various locations in Afghanistan. Typically this configuration would be manned by two or three Soldiers equipped with a medium to heavy machine gun with additional support provided by the Soldiers’ personal weapons. These structures would provide protection from small arms as well as limited protection from explosions.
Field Works on the Army Heritage Trail
Throughout American history Soldiers have built structures to serve as strong points on the battlefield and in their area of operations. These have ranged from simple ditches and earth works to wayside stations, block houses and forts. On the Army Heritage Trail you will encounter
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A front end loader fills HESCO barriers during construction of a Forward Operating Base (FOB) in Iraq. (Inscription below the photo in the upper right) Gabions being built for the Federal trenches at Petersburg, Virginia, 1864.
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Drawings of gabion construction from the Complete U.S. Infantry Guide, 1917.
Erected by U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.
Location. 40° 12.45′ N, 77° 9.546′ W. Marker is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker is on Army Heritage Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Carlisle PA 17013, United States of America.
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Categories. • War, 1st Iraq & Desert Storm • War, 2nd Iraq • War, Afghanistan •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 5, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 287 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 5, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.