Army Unit Accidentally Tear-Gassed Soldiers During Morale Event

  • About 8,000 soldiers with the Army’s 4th Infantry Division were accidentally tear-gassed during a physical morale event that was held the day before Thanksgiving.
  • The soldiers, participating in a physical morale event which saw them attempting to scale obstacles, run up hills, and crawl through trenches, were exposed to the tear gas without prior knowledge the chemicals would be used during the event, according to a report from Tuesday.
  • Leaders with the division, based at Fort Carson, Colorado, took the unusual step of marking the boundary of the course with tear gas. However, soldiers participating in the event were not warned and did not have any protective gear, such as gas masks, when the gas drifted with the wind and settled on the soldiers on the course.
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