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From A to Z...

Big or small.
At least one of each -
I want them all!*

02/16/2012 - U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Bradley Blankenship, a scout sniper assigned to the 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, sights in an M40S rifle during scout sniper training in support of Cobra Gold 2012 at Recon Camp, Thailand, Feb. 16, 2012. Cobra Gold is a regularly scheduled joint/combined exercise designed to ensure regional peace and strengthen the ability of the Royal Thai Armed Forces to defend Thailand or respond to regional contingencies. (DoD photo by Lance Cpl. Patrick McMahon, U.S. Marine Corps/Released)

U.S. Marines fire an M777A2 Ultra Light Weight Howitzer during Exercise Cobra Gold 2012 in Thailand's Chai Badan province, Feb. 14, 2012. The Marines are assigned to Battery L, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. The Marines were firing to prepare for an upcoming exercise. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Garry Welch

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 *That would be the guns, for you snarky types.


"*That would be the guns, for you snarky types."

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What are the two green things the Marine at the left is holding?
Who fired this?  Everyone but the green thing guy has both hands over ears, not holding lanyards, or is this remote fired or something?

Nice view of the bass end of the 155mm projectile off to deliver a wake up call....
This may be a bit off subject, but I have to say it somewhere.

Think about the impact of the current "Cut and Run" administration's effect on troops serving in the war. Think about the sense they are being hung out to dry while we slowly abandon them in a situation they are no longer allowed to fight to win.

I have heard more than once, that there is a feeling that Sgt Dakota Meyer's untold story is one of ROE that denied air strikes and arty. It left them in a situation that grew much worse than it should have.

Not to take away from Sgt Meyer or the courage of his acts. But it became a desperate situation that motivated him to do something ... anything.

It is also a fact that the knowledge of the defense cut that the current administration intend to inflict on America is no stranger to them.

November 2012 needs to bring winds of change and sanity.
 Remember my formulation for the Medal of Honor, Jim.  It usually goes to people who have to retrieve other people's mistakes.  Whether on the spot, or higher up the chain.

@J(NTA)  The green things are the new charge modules.  Those specifically are the ones that replaced the "Green Bag" charges (which are still used, and will be until they're used up or sold/given to someone under FMS).

The Gunner is out of frame to the right.  He's the one who fired the gun.  The Assistant Gunner is the guy to the left of the gun.  The guy with his back to us may be the Chief of Section.  And the powder monkey is... well, obvious, now that you know what the green things are.
"Remember my formulation for the Medal of Honor, Jim.  It usually goes to people who have to retrieve other people's mistakes.  Whether on the spot, or higher up the chain."

Exactly John, this incident was in Sept (8th ?) of 2009. The operation was a "set-up". They were attending a meeting that was prearranged in a vil.

It lasted 6 hours (I believe). But the mood is that it is systemic, due to a lack of air and arty, and to the paranoid nature of command in a war that will be lost via 'lawfare' and the current administration.

I am not saying that those there will not do their job to the best of their ability. I am saying that an attitude of having their hands tied is comon.  The command doesn't want to lose a career by being too firece,

The guys running missions, are paying the price for this paranoia. Deja vu Vietnam ... not being allowed to fight, due to the fact that the current administration (filtering down to Commanders) are way too conflicted.

There is a Vietnamese saying "A roof leaks from the top"  This one certainly is.

And that's my opinion and I'm sticking to it  :)

The ROE is no one person's fault. It's been a building accretion since the mid 70's when the domestic enemy and all their useful idiots determined that the US military was more a criminal organization than a war fighting outfit (especially since, in their view of things, opposing communism anywhere was a crime against humanity).

Only thing I'd add is that we should follow the tradition of renaming our government overlord organization of the US military. It was Dept of War, then became Dept of Defense. Now it should be renamed Dept of Defeat.

Back on topic...

It's nice to see my brothers from other mothers having new gear to work with. In the early '80s, I was S-2 for an arty btn. I remember the 175mm gun teams digging protective holes around their guns so they could jump in and have some protection when the gun fired. Blowing breach blocks wasn't all that uncommon. That is, when the powder actually burned as designed and didn't just flare around the chambered bullet in a slow burn.
DL Sly,

Snarkdom, at the Castle?  I find that hard to believe.

<<Grimace at trying to keep some type of stright face on the above comment.>>