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Ft. Stewart troops train for chemical attack

January 22, 2003

Hinesville, GA-- As more troops prepare to deploy to the Persian Gulf they are getting training that could save their lives in a chemical weapons attack.

If we go to war with Iraq, it will be because President Bush thinks Saddam Hussein has and may use chemical and nuclear weapons. So American troops have to be prepared.

At Ft. Stewart, every soldier goes through NBC, or Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical training. Each is issued a protective suit, designed to protect him from weapons of mass destruction.

The troops have to be able to get their mask in place within nine seconds. They have eight minutes to get the entire suit on. To be confident that the suits work, they enter a room containing CS gas, which is used in riot control.

The troops have to remove their masks, to prove just how well they are working. At that point, there's lots of coughing, sneezing, and tearing of the eyes, but they say it's a small price to pay for the assurance that they'll be safe.

posted at 6:10PM by dave.miller@walb.com

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