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Publication: Altoona Mirror September 26, 2001

Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - September 26, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania chemistry By Linda Hudkins For the Mirror JOHNSTOWN — Framed artwork on Col. Richard Kiehart’s office walls provides some insight into what his 464th Chemical Brigade is about. Posters from two world wars depict various gases — mustard, phosgene, nitrogen mustard and lewisite — as enemies of the human body. The lesson they preach to soldiers is: “Gas: Respect it, don’t fear it.” Kiehart. brigade commander of the 464th Chemical Brigade, an Army Reserve unit, says a lot has changed since those wars, but the basic function of his troops remains the same. They provide troop support in the form of “recon, decon and smoke,” he says in the simplest military lingo. Reconnaissance means his unit finds substances — nuclear, biological and chemical — that can cause harm, Kiehart says. Decontamination means troops clean up tainted items, whether they’re trucks, tanks, airfields, ports or people. And pointing to a smoke truck where six fog-oil nozzles poke out from the back, Kiehart’s troops “can just plain make things disappear. “If the enemy can’t see you, they can’t kill you.” A print by a famous Civil War artist in Kiehart’s office shows soldiers in battle on a smoke-filled field. It’s an image that’s relevant today, with many experts predicting the potential use of chemical and biological weapons in America’s war on terrorism. A manual prepared by the Army reads, “nuclear, biological and chemical defense is so widely proliferated today that nobody can consider themselves immune from attack. Our officers learn how to analyze that threat, plan defensive measures to mitigate the effects of an attack and then organize missions to recover from an attack.” Terrorism hit the United States Sept. ll when four suicide pilots hijacked airplanes and turned them into weapons of mass destruction. Those attacks led many people to consider that terrorists could release nuclear, chemical or biological agents in the United States. Kiehart says local groups such as fire companies and the National Guard, at the request of the governor, initially would respond in the case of such an attack. U.S. military forces do not respond until called by the president. But for several years, local emergency management agencies and the U.S. military have been exchanging information on the best methods of defending the homeland, Kiehart says. Please see Chemistry/Page All Kiehart INSIDE TODAY BUSINESS: Highmark customers will pay more / I LIFE: DASH diet helps to lower blood pressure / DI Wizards Jordan will make with returnAltana Minor© Copyright 2001    WEDNESDAY,    SEPTEMBER    26,    2001    500    newsstand specialize in war’s # MORE WAR ON TERRORISM COVERAGE: PAGES AB, Alo, AU, Cl, CS Reserves Mirror photo by Gary M. Ba ranee Army Reserve Pvt. Michael Sintal inspects a tank and pump unit used to decontaminate chemical weapons at the unit’s station in Johnstown. The 464th Chemical Brigade specializes in detecting and cleaning up foreign chemicals. Pentagon calls up 2,000 reservists By Ron Fournier The Associated Press WASHINGTON - The Pentagon ordered 2,000 more reservists to duty Tuesday as President Bush weighed putting more armed guards on airliners and strengthening cockpit doors against potential hijackers. In a diplomatic victory for the United States, Saudi Arabia cut ties to the terrorist-harboring Taliban regime in Afghanistan. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Americans are in for a long, brutal struggle for justice in the aftermath of the Sept. ll attacks on Washington, D.C., and New York City. “It will be difficult,” he said. “It will be dangerous.” Underscoring the threat, Osama bin Laden’s terrorist group warned of retaliation if Washington attacks. “Wherever there are Americans and Jews, they will be targeted,” said a statement issued by Naseer Ahmed Mujahed, chief military commander for the a1-Qaida network fingered by Bush for the Sept. ll attacks. Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Colin Powell went to Capitol HUI to give Congress top-secret briefings on Bush’s brewing war plans. Hoping to calm a jittery traveling public, Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta presented Bush with a series of recommendations to tighten airline security. Please see Reservists/Page All The Associated Press Workers remove a cable used to pull down a portion of the still-standing facade of the World Trade Center Tower Two Tuesday. A lot of work remains two weeks after the attacks that collapsed both towers.State officials: Blair should offer methadone treatment By Ray Stephens Staff Writer Blair County needs to offer methadone treatment to drug abusers so the county can take care of its residents, state government administrators told a local antidrug abuse committee Tuesday. “You, as a community, need to make a choice. You need a continuum of care in your county,” said Gone Boyle, director of the state Department of Health’s Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Programs. At a breakfast meeting address to Blair Countians for a Drug-Free Community, Boyle said the county had 347 hospital admissions related to heroin use in 1999-2000, up from 185 in 1998-99. “Heroin in this commonwealth is one of the fastest growing drugs used,” he told the committee, which represents behavioral health services, law enforcement, school districts, government and businesses. “It’s the second most popular drug of choice behind alcohol.” The committee, formed to stem the tide of illicit drug use in the county, also is concerned that methadone treatment must be made available within an hour’s drive for county Medicaid recipients by 2004. Blair County has no facilities licensed to administer methadone, and local addicts must drive to Pittsburgh cr Harrisburg for treatment. Proposals to set up clinics in neighboring Cambria County have met resistance. Please see Methadone/Page A5Murder suspects need to be tried separately, DA decides By Phil Ray Staff Writer HOLLIDAYSBURG — Two suspects in the murder of a Hollidaysburg woman whose body was found in May near Janesville Pike should be tried separately, Blair County District Attorney Dave Gorman conceded Tuesday. Gorman had resisted the idea of separate trials for Marie L. Seilhamer, 19, of Ashville RD and Kristin M. Edmundson, 20, of . * I nw wi' iHmni’infliriiii"‘ir’ db IL'*" < Edmundson Seilhamer Duncansville, contending that they were part of a conspiracy to murder Shari Lee Jackson, a 20- ■■ | DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 7    22910    00050^    a BM POUR § 8 I Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Chance of showers, 56° ■ Forecast, A2 % Altoona Mirror HdfT-ADS.com We're white-hot! wtmrnmm mzz&m I THE GREAT COMBINATION I Call us today...Make money today. 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  • Amanda Speicher
  • Blair Countians
  • Colin Powell
  • Dave Gorman
  • Donald H. Rumsfeld
  • Gary M. Ba
  • Gone Boyle
  • Kristin M. Edmundson
  • Marie L. Seilhamer
  • Michael Sintal
  • Naseer Ahmed Mujahed
  • Norman Mineta
  • Richard Kiehart
  • Scott Custer
  • Shari Lee Jackson

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Publication: Altoona Mirror

Location: Altoona, Pennsylvania

Issue Date: September 26, 2001

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