All my 0331 buddies who went to line companies (I'm in a weapons co.) are in weapons platoons rather than regular rifle platoons. But thats in garrison, maybe like the other people said before they end up in regular rifle platoons while on deployment
Pretty much how it worked for me in Iraq, we got Weapons Platoon attachments, and we sent 0311's to replace them, making a 4th line platoon.
Can you tell me what is the name of that ammunation?
Thank you in advance for your replies.
I don't know the name. But it looks like simulation ammunition. When the weapon is fired, the cartridge will open at the top and out comes a blast. We used this ammunition for sim fighting with the SIG 550 (Stgw 90) in the Swiss Army. It can be combined with the laser simulation system. (Sorry about my english.)
Marines Draw Out Taliban in Southern Helmand Province
HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Stepping gingerly over rocks and uneven ground, Marines from Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment and the Afghan national army soldiers attached to them, patrolled to the north of Observation Post Huskars, in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Jan. 18, 2010.
The patrol stalked through a small barren crop, just large enough to sustain the inhabitants of a nearby compound, which now lay abandoned. As the column made its way past homes and farms, there was a rising sense that something was amiss; there wasn't a villager in sight.
Passing through a small archway in a mud wall and out across an open plateau, the Marines' suspicions were realized as several flat and hollow cracks rang out. Dust kicked up around ankles and clumps of dirt flew from the walls as bullets impacted all around the patrol. Sprinting to get behind cover in order to return fire, the men of Alpha Co., 1/6, had achieved their objective; they had located the Taliban.
For the next five hours, Marines and ANA soldiers traded fire with insurgents. The sun had set by the time the patrol withdrew, and they had uncovered a cache of approximately 1300 lbs of ammonium nitrate, which is a prime ingredient in homemade explosives and against the law to own, under Afghan law. One suspect was detained, several insurgents were wounded or killed, and there were no ANA or Marine casualties.
"The original goal of the patrol was to do [census operations] and see who was living in the buildings," explained 1st Lt. Shaun Miller, the executive officer for Alpha Co., 1/6. "We wanted to get the lay of the land and interact with local leaders and elders."
Although the initial plan was to interact with villagers in the north, each time the Marines of Alpha Co., 1/6, pushed beyond the walls of Observation Post Huskars, they took fire from insurgents.
"Every time we've gone out on patrol we've gotten into firefights," explained Miller, who paused for a moment to speak over a radio to a Marine on patrol who had reported seeing a rocket-propelled grenade gunner. "We've been here for five days and have launched over 20 patrols and as soon as we go more than one mile outside of the wire, we encounter heavy enemy resistance. It's like [the Taliban] are drawn to us."
The increase in patrols and subsequent engagements with insurgents serves to buffer friendly villages to the south of Observation Post Huskars from the Taliban north of the Marines' position.
"To the north, the majority of the compounds are abandoned and are being used by insurgents," explained Miller. "However, in the south, villagers have asked for our help, even led us to where improvised explosive devices were planted so that we could destroy them."
As the light began to fade and the Marines switched to night vision, infrequent tracer rounds and pop shots would clip and skim over the compound where the patrol had taken refuge. Meanwhile, they waited for explosive ordinance disposal Marines to arrive and destroy the homemade explosive ingredients found earlier in the day.
With the events of the day behind them and the HME ingredients destroyed, the patrol set off towards their camp to catch a few hours of rest before going out again the following morning.
HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan – A riotous crowd gathered within the Garmsir District Center bazaar, in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Jan. 12. The riot was believed to have been orchestrated by the Taliban, on false pretenses of the desecration of a Koran by coalition forces earlier in the week.
Inside of the district center were the Marines of the Police Mentoring Team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, the district governor, Abdullah Jan, and members of the Afghan National Police.
The first responders were the Marines of Jump Platoon, 2/2, located just up the road in Forward Operating Base Delhi.
"We went out with two vehicles," said Staff Sgt. Dennis M. Gould, the platoon commander of Jump Platoon. "There were roughly 300-400 people close to the district center, and they started throwing rocks at us."
The crowd blocked the entire road to the district center. The first vehicle was pelted by rocks and gunfire to the point that the ballistic glass on the front, driver, and passenger side began to crack. The Marines then retrograded back to FOB Delhi to refit and return with more vehicles and personnel.
Upon returning to FOB Delhi, the Marines from Weapons Company, 2/2, began to prepare their gear and vehicles to enter the bazaar with Jump Platoon.
After some quick coordination with Afghan national security forces, the Marines were on their way to secure the district center.
At this point the crowd had set multiple vehicles and motorcycles on fire. A National Directorate of Security complex, located between FOB Delhi and the bazaar, had been attacked. A newly built school, right across from the district center, had been set on fire along with approximately 300 Korans located inside. Street lights which lined the road through the bazaar had been broken as people climbed on them.
The Marines reached the district center and ensured the Marines inside and the district governor were safe. Then ANSF and local village elders began speaking to the crowd.
"The [International Security Assistant Forces] partnered with ANSF to try and diffuse the situation," said 1st Sgt. Charles R. Williams, the Weapons Company first sergeant.
The entrances to the bazaar from both east and west are bridges, one crossing the Helmand River and the other crossing a large canal. To secure the bazaar, the ANSF, with the help of local elders, convinced the crowd to clear the bazaar and assemble on the other sides of the bridges.
"The ANSF and elders started telling them to go home and let them clear the area," said Williams. "After 10 to 15 minutes they started to clear out."
As the locals began to clear out, the Marines continued to interact with them as they would any other visit into the bazaar.
According to Lance Cpl. Robert C. Treichler, an anti-tank guided missile missileman with Weapons Company, after being there for around 30 minutes, the crowd had receded from the area with the exception of six local children. Treichler took out a bag of sunflower seeds, took a mouthful, and then distributed the rest of the bag to the children who were asking for some with outstretched hands. Seeing this, one of the older children offered Treichler a glass of tea. As he sipped his tea, Treichler taught the child how to say tea in English while the child taught him how to say it in Pashto.
Pfc. Jacob P. Shepherd, an anti-tank guided missile missileman with Weapons Company, moved forward as the crowd subsided from their area.
"We were basically there watching their movements when we noticed a guy on crutches by himself," said Shepherd. "He reached down to pick something up and fell."
After seeing the man fall, both Shepherd and his section leader quickly ran to help him up and retrieved what he was trying to pick up.
"It was a piece of a watch chain or something like that," said Shepherd. "We could sort of notice that the people who were there sort of stopped and were wondering what we were doing with him."
The Marines had left Delhi around noon and by 3 p.m. the bazaar began to operate as it did normally.
"Around 3 p.m. we brought our forces back into the district center," said Gould. "Then the road was open again and the shop owners started opening up shop again."
The order was restored without the need for violent force by the Marines as they stuck to their rules of engagement and escalation of force, and worked to peacefully resolve the situation with great restraint.
"I would say the real successful part, between the ANSF and ISAF forces, was we were able to deescalate the situation without any shots being fired," said Williams.