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ARCENT Suspected Chemical Weapons Site Investigation: March 14, 2000

Case Narrative Close-Out Reports are summaries of discontinued investigations into possible exposures of U.S. servicemembers to chemical or biological warfare agents during the Gulf War. The Office of the Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense for Gulf War Illnesses began this investigation of U.S. Army Central Command’s suspected chemical warfare agent storage sites located in the U.S. Army area of operations in response to veteran’s concerns, as well as those of the Presidential Advisory Committee.

The Presidential Special Oversight Board requested that we provide a summary of this investigation, which we did at a public hearing on Sept. 16, 1999. Based on that summary, the Board concluded that the information obtained to date in this investigation, the emerging results, and the anticipated outcomes from continued investigation are not likely to improve our understanding of any unexplained illnesses. Consequently, the Presidential Special Oversight Board recommended terminating further investigation. In addition, to bring the investigation to closure, the Board requested that we complete a close-out report to present the data, documentary evidence, and findings compiled during the course of the investigation. The close-out report that follows complies with the Board’s recommendation, but if you believe you have additional information related to the U.S. Army Central Command’s suspected chemical warfare agent storage sites, please contact my office by calling 1-800-497-6261.


I. Overview

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II. Investigation

This investigation originated with the PGIIT in the summer of 1996, and was continued by our office until September 1999, when it was discontinued following a recommendation of the Presidential Special Oversight Board.

A. PGIIT Investigation


B. Office of the Special Assistant for Gulf War Illnesses Investigation


III. Significant Findings

The information developed in this investigation fell into two general areas: an analysis of the significance of the information in the ARCENT message, and troop unit movements in and around each site.

A. Analysis of the ARCENT Message


B. Troop Movements


IV. Discussion

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Tab A. Acronyms, Abbreviations and Glossary

This tab provides a listing of acronyms and abbreviations found in this report. Additionally, the glossary section provides a definition for a selected technical term not found in common usage.

Acronyms and Abbreviations




Tab B. Bibliography

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Tab C. Unit Location Data

This tab provides unit location data for the movement of ARCENT units in relation to the 17 suspected chemical warfare agent storage sites located in the ARCENT area of responsibility.

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Tab D. End Notes

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Last Updated: July 11, 2023
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