I served two 45 day rotations at Ali AB, Tallil, Iraq in 2007 and 2008. I was concerned about the air quality on base and attempted to get information about Army air quality testing. In my short time there I wasn't able to get anywhere with getting anyone to seriously address getting incinerators installed. I did learn however, that they had been purchased and had been in country since 2004. Just before my tour ended I began speaking with the Safety Officer from a Navy Squadron on base. His CO was also pursuing the matter. His aircraft maintainers spent 12 hour shifts on the flight line less than a mile from the burn pit. They were going to medical complaining of headaches, respiratory ailments and nausea. The docs could do nothing for them. I saved every piece of burn pit documentation and correspondence from my time there. I have an environmental studies background. I know what goes in the air when plastics get burned. KBR and the members of our Government that allowed the burn pits to continue operating are criminals.
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