2011 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Fri, 27 May 2011 16:08:49 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] HEALTH, HERBICIDES: C-123 Spray Birds
Ailing reservists blame postwar 'spray bird' missions

Stars and Stripes
May 26, 2011

In a complaint to the Air Force inspector general, a retired officer alleges health officials have known since at least 1994 of Agent Orange contamination aboard C-123 aircraft flown by reserve squadrons for a decade after the Vietnam War, and failed to warn personnel of the health risks.

After the Air Force stopped using UC-123K Provider aircraft to spray herbicide on the jungles of Vietnam, some of those aircraft, their spray tanks removed, were reassigned in 1972 to new missions at three stateside bases.

For the next decade Air Force reservists flew and maintained them. Last month one of the post-war crewmen, disabled retiree Maj. Wesley T. Carter, 64, of McMinnville, Ore., had a heart attack requiring surgery, and also learned that he has prostate cancer.


For the entire article, see
http://www.stripes.com/news/ailing-reservists-blame-postwar-spray- bird-missions-1.144727


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
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