Monday, August 2, 2010


No, this is not a post about flatulence. It's a relaying of my experience in the gas chamber. CS gas was no fun, for my eyes, nose, neck, wrists...pretty much anywhere. It burned and it was terrible. Sure, it was nice to have a gas mask on, but when they make you take it off, and the gas is so thick that you can't see the people across the room, it's no fun.

That's Gonzalez on the left, Capasso in the middle, and I'm on the right. We had to go in there and do various exercises where we broke the seals of our masks and then had to regain and clear the mask.

Lt. Jones, a guy I went through OCS with got a bad bloody nose from the gas. One of the women in the company came to his rescue.

After the gas chamber they made us go out to Cannon Field and have a CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear) defense full MOPP suits. (Mission Oriented Protective Posture)

Oh, did I mention it was a black flag day? (Black flag = a temperature index of 90 degrees F and above) Those MOPP suits make it feel 10 -30 degrees hotter than it is. So we were pretty warm during our class.

Below are some videos taken at the gas chamber...

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