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    Default Operation Helsinki

    [FONT=Verdana]BALAD, Iraq - As the ramp slammed down in the muck, the rain came howling in drenching the men who leaped off the back of the Chinook helicopter. The troopers hurried into the field of sloppy mud where they slipped and slid through the landing zone to reorganize in the pitch-black Iraqi night. Not even the moon was friendly on this mission, which would prove to be a testament to the guts of Army Infantrymen and to the determination of Charlie Company Soldiers to make even the most remote hamlets in the Salah ad-Din province safe from al Qaida's treachery.

    Soldiers from Charlie Company, 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division conducted Operation Helsinki Feb. 15 to clear out al Qaida fighters from an area here that has typically not received much attention from coalition forces.

    Helsinki was a combined counter-insurgency operation, which was conducted in partnership with the Iraqi army, to help enable legitimate governmental organizations and to provide security for the citizens in the Bichigan peninsula, said 1st Sgt. Timothy Seeber, Charlie Company First Sergeant.

    Seeber called the Bichigan area, west of Balad, an al Qaida safe-haven that AQI flees to in order to avoid being killed or captured. "AQI is on the run here and they know we have the means and mobility to kill or capture them where they hide," said Seeber.

    Helsinki began with a pre-dawn air assault into the fertile farmlands of the Bichigan area, which were heavily soaked with the early morning rain. With mud smeared on faces and firearms, Charlie Company Soldiers spent the day moving from house to house questioning residents and searching for AQI weapons caches along with Iraqi army soldiers.

    The search turned up two weapons caches and resulted in the apprehension of a suspected AQI operative.

    Since Charlie Company moved from FOB Caldwell near the Iranian border in early December, they have been instrumental in capturing three of the Balad area's high value targets and have discovered numerous weapon caches, said Staff Sgt. Tommy Pafford.

    Much of the success that Charlie Company has had is due largely to spending a great deal of time out among the people and to the Sons of Iraq movement, which has enabled U.S. and Iraqi forces with quality intelligence about AQI operations in the area, said Pafford.

    Spending time outside of the relative comfort of FOB Paliwoda has paid dividends for Charlie Company who often find themselves operating in austere conditions.

    "Staying outside the wire overnight in the mud and cold is the norm for us," said Pvt. First Class Michael LaChappelle, who along with his fellow Charlie Company troopers found himself without a helicopter ride back to base on Feb. 15 due to poor weather conditions.

    After spending much of Operation Helsinki cold and wet, the "Rock" Soldiers would have to bear the elements under a foggy, black Iraqi sky until the weather improved.

    "My guys would walk to the end of this Earth if they were asked to," said Pafford. "They realize that this war is bigger than us."















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    Default Operation TUNDRA

    [FONT=Verdana]U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to Alpha Company, 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) stand by as helos take off in Iskandaria, Iraq, during Operatin Tundra on Dec. 20. (U.S. Navy photo/Petty Officer 2nd Class Kim Smith)


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    [FONT=Verdana]U.S. Army Soldiers of the 56th MP Company, attached to the 101st Airborne Division, conduct a joint patrol with the Iraqi police in Samrah, Iraq, on March 9, 2009[/FONT]








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    Default Operation Fulton II

    [FONT=Verdana]An enemy car bomb was exploded by Soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and an Air Force explosive ordnance team in support of Operation Fulton II, Jan. 18. A total of 22 enemy car bombs were found during operation Fulton II with some being found with the help of local Iraqi informants















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    Default Screaming Eagle Artillery Fires

    [FONT=Verdana]101st Airborne Artillery Fires Shells in Support of Operation Fulton Harvest[/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana]Soldiers from Alpha Battery, 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, fire rounds from their M119A2 Howitzer at enemy targets during Operation Fulton Harvest in the Al-Jazeera Desert[/FONT]

    [FONT=Verdana]Alpha Battery fired over 1,100 rounds in 48 hours while in direct support of 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment during the operation, which was a combined arms counterinsurgency operation aimed at destroy and neutralizing an al-Qaida training camp southwest of Samarra. (U.S. Army Photo/1st Lt. Jonathan J. Springer)[/FONT]









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    Some amazing High-Definition footage of Artillery firing at FOB Bastic in Afghanistan.

    http://vimeo.com/6096438

    (Embedding isn't working, but the HD doesn't work in embedding anyways)

    He has other great High-Definition footage as well of live fire training, airborne jumps, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vor033 View Post






    Great Pic!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vor033 View Post





    I have a question, why are those lenses red?

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    Shaded for the sun?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hogdriver View Post
    I have a question, why are those lenses red?
    Referring to the M68?

    Because it's a red dot sight that is turned on.. an because of the light.. angle, etc it looks like a red lense.

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    Kiowa! ftw!

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    An AH-64D Apache from Company B, 1st Attack Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, flies over a residential area in the Multi-National Division-Baghdad area Oct. 12. The Apache crew was conducting a reconnaissance mission to keep an eye out for enemy mortar and anti-aircraft systems
    Dont D's have the advanced radar domes?!

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    Only Longbow "D". Plain "D" have provision but no RADAR

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    Quote Originally Posted by DnA View Post
    Referring to the M68?

    Because it's a red dot sight that is turned on.. an because of the light.. angle, etc it looks like a red lense.
    They always look that way, regardless of it being off or on. The LED doesn't light up the inside of the sight, making it visibly red from the outside. The red coating on the lens is a reflective coating that makes the "dot" visible on the lens to the shooter. Looking at the sight from the front, the only way you can tell it's on is to hold it close and you can see a tiny red light up in the top of the tube, towards the back.
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