San Diego Soliloquies

Monday, August 25, 2003

Iraq - A Large National Guard Armory

We've gotten to the point where we are putting artillery men and scouts at roadblocks, and sending tankers out on patrol. One problem with that, a tank crew's small arms usually consist of pistols and maybe a couple of rifles (They mostly depend on much bigger weapons). So we are using AK-47's confiscated from the Iraqis.

You can always tell a Pointer, he's the one putting the best Army spin on things:

    "Normally an armor battalion is fighting from its tanks. Well, we are not fighting from our tanks right now," Young [ed. Lt. Col. Mark Young, commander of the 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 4th Infantry Division.] said. "We are certainly capable of performing the missions that we have been assigned, there's no issue with that, but we do find ourselves somewhat challenged."

And of course, the 1st Sgt is there to help out his officer

    ... Also, it has "some psychological affect on the enemy when you fire back on them with their own weapons," McCarson [ed. Sgt. 1st Class Tracy S. McCarson] said.

So let me get this straight. We are dismounting tankers to run foot patrols, and we don't have weapons for them. SNAFU doesn't begin to describe this situation.


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