Case Narrative

Al Jubayl, Saudi Arabia

Case Narratives are reports of what we know today about specific events that took place during the Gulf War of 1990 and 1991. This particular case narrative focuses on significant events that occurred in the greater Al Jubayl area. This is an interim report, not a final report. We hope that you will read this and contact us with any information that would help us better understand the events reported here. With your help, we will be able to report more accurately on the events that occurred in Al Jubayl. Please contact my office to report any new information by calling:


Bernard Rostker
Special Assistant for Gulf War Illnesses
Department of Defense



Last Update: August 19, 1997


Many veterans of the Gulf War have been experiencing a variety of physical symptoms, collectively called Gulf War illnesses. In response to veterans’ concerns, the Department of Defense (DOD) established a task force in June 1995 to investigate all possible causes. On November 12, 1996, responsibility for these investigations was assumed by the Investigation and Analysis Directorate (IAD), Office of the Special Assistant for Gulf War Illnesses (OSAGWI) which has continued to investigate the events that occurred at Al Jubayl, Saudi Arabia. Its interim report is contained here.

As part of the effort to inform the public about the progress of this effort, DOD is publishing on the Internet and elsewhere accounts related to possible causes of Gulf War illnesses, along with whatever documentary evidence or personal testimony was used in compiling these accounts.





Loud Noise
SCUD Impact
Purple T-Shirt Event
Environmental Factors & Other Related Topics


History of Al Jubayl
Units Involved
Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB)- 24
U.S. Coast Guard Port Security Unit (PSU) 301
Explanation of the Events that occurred at Al Jubayl
Loud Noise
SCUD Impact
Purple T-Shirt Event
Environmental Factors & Other Related Topics
Analysis of Industries Located in Al Jubayl
Toxic Gases
Individual Protection from Petrochemicals and Toxic Gases

Tab A - Methodology for Chemical Incident Investigation
Tab B - Acronym Listing/Glossary
Tab C - Units that were Located in Al Jubayl or Deployed Through Al Jubayl

Air Force Units Listing (1.5 KB)
Army Units Listing (0.5 MB)
Marine Units Listing (1.4 MB, 1.3 MB, 1.4 MB, 1.4 MB, 1.3 MB)
Navy Units Listing (71 KB)
Unidentified Units Listing (0.2 MB)
Tab D - SCUD History
Tab E - Monitoring Station Number One - Air Quality Summaries
Tab F - Saudi Environmental Monitoring
Tab G - Bibliography
End Notes


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