Kirstin Marie Cender - Private First Class, Military Police, U.S. Womens Army Corps. Kirstin is one of thousands of veterans, once stationed at Fort McClellan who are experiencing life-altering health issues that they attribute to their time at the closed U.S. Army facility.

Kirstin Marie Cender - Private First Class, Military Police, U.S. Womens Army Corps. Kirstin is one of thousands of veterans, once stationed at Fort McClellan who are experiencing life-altering health issues that they attribute to their time at the closed U.S. Army facility.

Out Of The Shadows is an ongoing project to collect the stories and portraits of U.S. Army veterans and their families, who were once stationed at Fort McClellan. Fort McClellan was a U.S. Army Installation near Anniston, Alabama. Anniston has been labeled America’s most toxic town. Fort McClellan was opened in 1917, served as a main location of chemical weapons training, testing and storage. The installation was closed in 1999 as part of the Army Base Closure and Realignment Committee (BRAC) program. Thousands of Fort McClellan veterans are reporting a range of debilitating to life threatening health issues that they connect to nuclear, biological and chemical hazards they were exposed to while stationed at Fort McClellan.

Members of the U.S. Army Chemical Corp School, Army Combat Development Command Chemical/Biological/Radiological Agency, Army Military Police School and Women’s Army Corps, and other support personnel were stationed at Fort McClellan during its 82-year history. The installation was also the site of the September 1953 Operation Top Hat - a highly secret and very controversial, once revealed, use of Chemical Corps personnel to test decontamination methods for biological and chemical weapons. Learn More About The Project and Fort McClellan …