A new anthrax vaccine email purportedly from USAF addressing bad batches and 100 percent disability benefits requires scrutiny.
The new email states soldiers may be entitled to 100 percent disability ratings for those exposed to the bad vaccines due to autoimmune diseases. Two of my readers reached out about the purported Air Force emails yesterday seeking answers. So, I wanted to address what I found so far given our previous review of an earlier Army communication.
UPDATE 1/23/18 10:40 AM CST: This morning, following original publication, my friends at Veterans Warriors received a response from USAF confirming the email was sent. However, according to the sending MSgt, the original email contained false information, and USAF HQ issued a second email. The second email was not forwarded and the nature of any error was not disclosed.
A copy of the first email and the email confirmation are contained below.
2018 Army Memorandum
The emails are similar in content to an Army memorandum we secured last year that made a similar assertion about disability compensation. At that time, we were able to authenticate that memorandum as being digitally signed by the soldier whose digital electronic signature attached to the document.
The person who signed the PDF may not have had authority to do so, but the document itself was clearly typed and capable of being authenticated. Again, being authenticated is not the same as being an official memorandum of Army policy about disabilities.
Other news publications stated the PDF was a fake because the Army said the person who signed the document was not authorized to do so. Of course, the lack of authority does not make the PDF a fake, it merely means PDF was not official policy.
2019 USAF Anthrax Email
Today, I received two versions of the same email from two different readers. The body of the emails was the same, and they contained the same misspellings. The anthrax email differences related only to the identity of the sender and other miscellaneous information.
The new email is not capable of being authenticated using digital signatures. Purportedly sent January 15, 2019, the new emails provide a list of locations that supposedly administered bad batches of anthrax vaccines.
The anthrax vaccine emails were purportedly sent by at least one Master Sergeant and a former Chief.
Below is a copy of the anthrax vaccine email I received first.
I did not correct any of its misspellings. You will notice “anthrax” is not spelled correctly, which was consistent between the two versions of the same email I received purportedly from two different USAF sources. This is significant since it readers as if the two senders simply cut and paste the information into an email and then forwarded that data.
I am not posting this because I believe it is authentic. In fact, I do not yet believe it is authentic until I can prove to a reasonable degree of certainty that it is authentic.
I am instead posting it to create a record of the information circulating between veterans on the topic at this time and will continue to review the matter. I redacted the names at the request of the personnel who sent the email.
USAF Email – Bad Batches Anthrax Vaccines
From: [REDACTED] USAF AFCENT A3/A3AO
Sent: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 7:46 PM
Subject: FW: 100% Disability for Anthrax shots (bad lots)
Team A3A/AFCENT AFMs,
I received the following email from HAF/A3OJ this morning. If you deployed to OEF/OIF between 2001 and 2007, and received ANTRAX vaccinations, you need to check your immunization records. If you have any of the listed lot numbers below on your DD Form 2766C, the VA will be authorizing 100% disability (due to bad batches). The side effects range from squalene-positive tests to autoimmune diseases.
To find your records/lot numbers, go to AF Portal, open the IMR/ASIMS app, click the ‘Immunizations’ tab and the ‘View DD2766c’ button.
FAV 008, FAV 020, FAV 030, FAV 038, FAV 043, FAV 047 (Squalene-Positive [per FDA and SRI]) FAV 041, FAV 070, FAV 071 (Have Induced Anti-Squalene Antibodies [per Tulane Med School]) FAV 017, FAV 048b, FAV 066, FAV 068, FAV 069, FAV 073, FAV 074, FAV 075, FAV 078 (Associated with Autoimmune-Related Symptoms or Fully Diagnosed Autoimmune Diseases in Troops [per Tulane])
Below is the list of locations each batch was administer at:
Dover AFB (Delaware); fort Bragg (North Carolina), BioPort (administered to workers); Shipments of FAV 008 were also sent to Israel, Germany, Taiwan and Canada.
Osan, South Korea; Tripler Army Medical Center (Hawaii); Camp Lejeune (North Carolina); Fort Stewart (Georgia); 18th MEDCOM APO AP; Grand Forks AFB (North Dakota); Eleleson AFB (Arkansas), U.S. Air Force Academy (Colorado); Fort Drum (New York); Fort Campbell (Kentucky); Langley AFB (Virginia); Ellsworth AFB (South Dakota); Mountain Home AFB (Idaho); MacDill AFB (Florida); Pearl Harbor (Hawaii); Offut AFB (Nebraska); Barksdale AFB (Arkansas); Portsmouth (Virginia); Moody AFB (Georgia); Buckley ANG (Colorado); Malmstrom AFB (Montana); Fort Lewis (Washington); Davis-Monthan AFB (Arizona); Beale AFB (California); Fairchild AFB (Washington); Barkdale AFB (Arkansas); Virgnia Beach (Virginia)
Al Jaber, Kuwait; U.S.S. Independence (Persian Gulf); U.S.S. San Jacinto (Persian Gulf); Saudi Arabia; A shipment of FAV 020 was also sent to Australia.
Al Jaber, Kuwait; Dover AFB (Delaware); Michigan ANG (Michigan); Holloman AFB (New Mexico); Perry Point (Maryland); Naval Station Everett (Washington); Norfolk (Virginia); Cannon AFB (New Mexico); Holloman AFB (New Mexico); McChord AFB (Washington); Shaw AFB (South Carolina); Nellis AFB (Nevada); Fort Lewis (Washington); Travis AFB (California); Fort Bliss (Texas); Fort Dix (New Jersey); Grand Forks AFB (North Dakota); Seymour-Johnson AFB (North Carolina); Hickham AFB (Hawaii); Peterson AFB (Colorado); McConnell AFB (Kansas); Camp Pendleton (California); Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove (Pennsylvania); Redstone Arsenal (Alabama); F.E. Warren AFB (Wyoming); Shipments of FAV 030 were also sent to Germany and Canada.
Osan, South Korea; U.S.S. Roosevelt; Hill AFB (Utah); Fort Benning (Georgia); BioPort (administered to workers)
Al Jaber, Kuwait; Westover AFB (Massachusetts); Dover AFB (Delaware); Michigan ANG (Michigan); Dharhan, Saudi Arabia; Tyndall AFB (Florida)
Osan, South Korea; Wright-Patterson AFB (Ohio); Tennessee ANG (Tennessee); Dover AFB (Delaware); Fort Bragg (North Carolina); Oklahoma ANG (Oklahoma); Grand Forks AFB (North Dakota); Travis AFB (California); Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove (Pennsylvania); Fort Sill (Oklahoma); Key Field (Mississippi)
Travis AFB (California); Dover AFB (Delaware); BioPort (administered to workers)
Grand Forks AFB (North Dakota)
Dyess AFB (Texas)
Dover AFB (Delaware); Camp Lejeune (North Carolina)
Fort Hood (Texas); Fort McCoy (Wisconsin)
Al Jaber, Kuwait
[REDACTED], MSgt, USAF
Airfield Management Functional Area Manager USAFCENT/A3AO
DSN: [REDACTED] or Comm [REDACTED]
Update 1/23/19 10:40 AM
I received the following email from my friends over at Veterans Warriors this morning from one of the senders of the original email confirming it was sent by USAF HQ. However, the MSgt stated the content of the original email was incorrect. He did not explain which part of the email was incorrect. Below is the email this morning.
From: [REDACTED] MSgt USAF PACAF 18 OSS/OSAA
Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 9:58 AM
To: [email protected]
Subject: RE: [Non-DoD Source] EMAIL regarding 100% Disability for Anthrax shots (bad lots)
A follow-up email was sent out by HQ Air Force shortly after they sent the first email to correct this information. The VA had been contact and the story is in fact false.