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Troops Train for Chemical Attack
By Harold Hutchison

Chemical weapons have been used since World War I. Ever since their use in that bloody conflict, troops have trained to lessen – if not eliminate – their effects.

Thus, did Soldiers with the Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade, spend some time rehearsing drills for using their Mission-Oriented Protective Posture equipment. They had eight minutes to suit up. For some, it was their first time.

"It was my first time putting on the MOPP suit. This is my second duty station, and I never put it on in Korea," Pfc. Dacoda Worth told Army.mil. "I'm glad that I learned how to put it on correctly because now I am better prepared for a situation where I have to use it. I feel more comfortable with it."

The old saying – “The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in combat” – holds true here. This training may very well save a Soldier’s life.