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Reported Mustard Agent Exposure Operation Desert Storm: Aug. 28, 1997

Many veterans of the Gulf War have been experiencing a variety of physical symptoms, collectively called Gulf War Illnesses. In response to veterans’ concerns, the Department of Defense (DOD) established a task force in June 1995 to investigate all possible causes. The Investigation and Analysis Directorate (IAD) of the Office of the Special Assistant for Gulf War Illnesses (OSAGWI) assumed responsibility for these investigations on November 12, 1996 and has continued to investigate evidence of chemical exposures. Among numerous previous reports, this incident-- which is the only documented report of chemical warfare agent exposure to a US soldier during Operation Desert Storm-- was reported by the IAD predecessor organization in testimony to the Presidential Advisory Committee on April 16, 1996.[1]

As part of the effort to inform the public about the progress of this effort, DOD is publishing (on the Internet and elsewhere) accounts related to possible causes of Gulf War Illnesses, along with whatever documentary evidence or personal testimony was used in compiling the accounts. The narrative that follows is such an account.



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Exposure Incident


Medical Treatment


Physical Evidence Collected


Analysis of Physical Evidence


Experts' Conclusions



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Tab A - Acronyms

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Tab B - Units Involved

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Tab C - Bibliography

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Tab D - Methodology for Chemical Incident Investigation 

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Tab E - Transcription of Fox Spectra Printout

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End Notes

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Last Updated: May 02, 2024
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