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SUBJECT: CENTAF OPERATIONS SHELTER PROCEDURES AND MOPP ALPHA SUMMARY: PROVIDES CHEMICAL SHELTER PROCEDURES AND MOPP ALPHA FROM: DO 26 Jan 91. SUBJECT: Shelter Procedures and MOPP Alpha TO: All Personnel 1. We have had a number of inquiries whether or not it is necessary to carry a "C" bag when going to the shelter at Alarm Red or SCUD Alert. The answer is a "qualified yes." 2. We cannot as yet say with 100% certainty that a chemical attack on Riyadh will not happen. Though Iraq has not yet demonstrated the capability to deliver chemical munitions with SCUDS, the technical capability remains the same and the possibility of a chemical SCUD attack cannot be totally discounted. Conversely, we are 100% sure that Iraq possesses the capability to deliver chemical agents using aircraft as the delivery platform. Failure to have the full ensemble readily available could result in our sustaining otherwise avoidable casualties. Several factors dictate that this is especially true when going to the shelter. a. Some personnel are identified as "post-attack mission essential." They stop short of the overpressurized, filtered portion of the shelter and return to their duty station as soon as an Alarm Black is broadcast. b. Other personnel are identified as "support" and do enter the overpressurized, filtered shelter area. [(b)(1) sec 3 4 (b)(4)] There is also the possibility, however slight, that personnel may have to leave the shelter for emergency reasons and transit a contaminated area. c. There is no guarantee that a SCUD or Air Raid warning will be made in time for all personnel going to the shelter to get there prior to impact or weapons delivery. 3. The qualifiers attached to this "qualified yes" are: a. A full "C" bag is not required; only one ensemble. This means in addition to the mask, gloves, M8 paper, M9 tape and Decon Kit (which can all be in or attached to the mask carrier), all that is required to be carried in a bag is one protective suit and one pair of overboots.
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