JAG-ged Edge
Trial Defense Services (TDS) Deployed
By: Andrew Efaw

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Saturday, 13-Nov-2004 00:00 Email | Share | Bookmark

11/13/04: This morning I got up bright and early and hooked back up with the 818th to go through the gas chamber. They have been very cool and have sort of adopted me. I went M9 PMI with them last night. My mask and weapon have not arrived yet, so today they let me borrow one. I went out with LT Warner who happens to be from Charleston, WV. The chamber was one of the block buildings with a sand floor and skylights. As we stood in line, he gave a down and dirty on how to use these masks bec. I have never used these newer ones. With these you have to do a filter exchange with a buddy in the gas tent. Anyway we went in and the gas was thick. I could feel it in my throat as soon as we went in. First they made us run laps, then we had to do side straddle hop and then low crawl through the sand. After that we had to do the filter exchange. To do this you have unscrew the filter from the front of your mask. When the filter is off, you are exposed to the gas so you have to hold your breath. Then you take your filter and screw it into your buddy?s mask and vice versa?all the while not breathing. Someone next to me dropped their buddies filter and it wasn?t a pretty sight. I can only imagine the stress in a real situation. After the mask exchange, we lined up. I ended up near the center of the room right beside the can where the CS gas was burning. Then they made us take our masks off. I tried to get big breath and close my eyes but ended up breathing some anyway and had to open my eyes to get out. You immediately start coughing, your nose runs, your eyes burn and skin itches. Later, when I got in the case, the CS on uniform started burning me again. Monday, I set to go to the 12 hour Mob? brief. Hopefully, my weapon and mask will arrive by then too.

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