The incident that occurred in the 'leadership training' class of Sgt. Maj. Jimmy Powell on Sep 1, 1983, as described by his superior, Col. Donald Taylor:
As I understand it, he got from his car, or had somebody get from his car, a live chicken. He continued talking to the students and walking around the class.
He held out the neck of the chicken, bit the head off the thing, held it up in the air, and drank the blood of the chicken.
And then on speaking to Powell later about the incident:
His first reaction was that he didn't see anything wrong in what he did and could not see our reaction to it. He went on to say that in Special Forces training these kinds of things are used in survival training...
The course Powell was teaching was not a survival class but is largely concerned with administrative matters, such as 'how the uniform is worn,' Taylor said.
Compare this to the pre-game frog-head biting
that was practiced at Eau Gallie High School in Florida.
Mansfield News-Journal - Sep 17, 1983