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Trip Report of Field Search for Exercise Desert Rock Documentation Conducted by Representatives of The Adjutant General 18 June 1978 to 14 July 1978

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This is an after action report of the field search which was undertaken for documentation dealing with EXERCISES DESERT ROCK, 1950-58. This search was undertaken when normal holdings of the National Archives, Federal Records Center System, and US Army retired records holding areas and other depositories failed to produce documentation required to meet Dept. of the Armys tasking for the Dept. of Defense Nuclear Test personnel Review Project NTPR. The specific data sought consisted of identification of the US Army personnel -- military, contractor, civilian, guests and official observers -- who participated in the DESERT ROCK EXERCISES. Also sought was any possible evidence of radiation exposure and dosimetry history. The reports nine parts include a summary statement followed by individual annexes for each geographical target of the fields search. Where appropriate supporting documentation has been appended to the summary statement and the individual annexes. In one instance the report ranges beyond the narrow confines of the primary target of the field search. It expands upon the personnel aspects of record keeping and considers the VIP Personnel Files maintained by the National Personnel Records Center, St. Louis. Rationales are presented for a formal appraisal of these files with a view toward establishment of a government-wide standard for maintenance and preservation. The author concludes that the search was generally successful in locating the still exist and documentation, files and records.

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  • Information Science
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Radiobiology

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