Case Narrative

Fox Detections in an ASP/Orchard


Case Narratives are reports of what we know today about specific events that took place during the Gulf War of 1990 and 1991. This particular case narrative focuses on reports of possible chemical agent detections by a Fox vehicle attached to Task Force Ripper in an Ammunition Supply Point (ASP) in an Orchard southwest of Kuwait City. This is an interim report, not a final report. We hope that you will read this and contact us with any information that would help us better understand the events reported here. With your help, we will be able to report more accurately on the events surrounding these possible chemical agent detections. Please contact my office to report any new information by calling:


Bernard Rostker
Special Assistant for Gulf War Illnesses
Department of Defense


Last Update: September 23, 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. On November 12, 1996, responsibility for these investigations was assumed by the Investigation and Analysis Directorate (IAD), Office of the Special Assistant for Gulf War Illnesses (OSAGWI), which has continued to investigate reports of chemical agent detections by U.S. Marines during the ground war.

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 account. The narrative that follows is such an account.




Task Force Ripper Chain-of-Command
Description of ASP
Why Chemical Weapons Were Suspected
Fox Vehicle Capabilities
Alerts in the ASP on February 28th
1/5 Marines Actions
Task Force Ripper Actions
Units and Logs Recording Alerts
EOD Team Inspection on March 1, 1991
Reports Up the Chain of Command
Additional 1/5 Information
Cleanup of the ASP


Presence of Chemical Agents in Kuwait
Detector Limitations
Physical Evidence

Tab A - Acronyms and Glossary
Tab B - Units Involved
Tab C - Bibliography
Tab D - Methodology for Chemical Incident Investigation
End Notes


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