Thursday, October 11, 2007

Gas! Gas! Gas!

Most soldiers can tell you how many times they’ve been through the gas chamber during their training or mobilizations over the years. They can tell you which soldiers hardly blinked an eye or describe the ones who threw up afterwards.

A soldier must learn how and when to “mask up”. They must be able to do this when there’s a limited threat or when their eyes and throat are burning and it’s hard to see.

We may not have found Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t exist. The old dictator knew we were coming and he could have done anything with his “stock”.

Although the current threat is not necessarily a great one, we have seen the insurgents use bombs attached to chlorine canisters. We know that if they can get their hands on something more sinister that they will surely do so.

Like everything these soldiers experience during their mobilization, this training (shown above) also has a reason. Let’s just hope they never have to use it.

SFC Chuck Grist

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