Hesco Barriers

Hesco Barriers (HM1KZ2)

Location: Carlisle, PA 17013 Cumberland County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 12.45', W 77° 9.546'

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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 recreations of some of these structures that point to key experiences in Army history. Many of these structures incorporate similar features that have been in use around the world for centuries. One such feature that has traveled through time is the gabion. A gabion began as a woven basket of branches filled with earth. Use of gabions can be seen on the Army Heritage Trail in the recreation of Redoubt 10 (Yorktown) as well as in our recreated WWI trench line. During the American Civil War gabions were extensively used in both Federal and Confederate fortifications, most notably at the siege of Petersburg.
(Inscription below the photo in the upper left) 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.
(Inscription beside the drawing in the lower right) Drawings of gabion construction from the Complete U.S. Infantry Guide, 1917.
HM NumberHM1KZ2
Placed ByU.S. Army Heritage and Education Center
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Date Added Sunday, June 7th, 2015 at 2:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 316251 N 4453023
Decimal Degrees40.20750000, -77.15910000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 12.45', W 77° 9.546'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 12' 27" N, 77° 9' 32.76" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Army Heritage Trail, Carlisle PA 17013, US
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