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4/25/2017 7:42:44 PM
Posted: 11/29/2001 2:14:59 PM EDT
These guys look like desert tortoises: [img]http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20011129/mdf92818.jpg[/img] A group of US Marines of the 15th MEU (Marine Expeditionary Unity) move out to take a position in the desert outside the Marines' forward base in southern Afghanistan, November 29, 2001. The build-up of forces on the ground at the desert airstrip continued all night, and C17 cargo aircraft were used for the first time to bring in heavy logistics vehicles and a team of U.S. Navy 'Seabees'. (Jim Hollander/Reuters)
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 2:15:34 PM EDT
[img]http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20011129/capt.1007067313afghanistan_attacks_us_lon143.jpg[/img]
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 2:16:12 PM EDT
[img]http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20011129/capt.1007067207afghanistan_attacks_us_lon142.jpg[/img] After a brief break, U.S. Marines of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit continue to make their way to a position in the desert outside the Marine forward base in southern Afghanistan, late Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001. The Marines are part of a light mortar platoon.(AP Photo/Jim Hollander/Pool)
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 2:18:09 PM EDT
[img]http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20011129/capt.1007059243attacks_afghanistan_lon124.jpg[/img] --U.S. Marines of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit put on their gear in their barracks early Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 2:19:05 PM EDT
[img]http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20011129/capt.1007059013attacks_afghanistan_lon122.jpg[/img] U.S. Marine Michael Sean Leo, left, from Diamondbar, Calif., and Lance Cpl. Ajmal Achekzai from Salt Lake City, Utah, raise the U.S. flag on the U.S. Marine forward base in southern Afghanistan, early Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001. The base is within striking distance of the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar. Achekzai was born in Afghanistan and left the country after the Soviet invasion. He is working with the command on the base as a Farsi and Pashto translator. He said "I'm coming back home... I get chills putting this flag up." (AP Photo/Jim Hollander, POOL)
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 2:27:42 PM EDT
I hope they don't hump all that gear on patrol.
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 3:01:50 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Smeghead: I hope they don't hump all that gear on patrol.
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I hope they kick ass and take names. Then come back home...
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 3:03:29 PM EDT
Originally Posted By thumbhole: [img]http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20011129/capt.1007067313afghanistan_attacks_us_lon143.jpg[/img]
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What missile system is the second guy in from the left carrying?
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 3:07:19 PM EDT
Glo That is the Mk153 SMAW, it a MD produced copy of the Isreali B300 bunker buster. It is more of a recoiless rocket launcher and not a missle.
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 3:32:08 PM EDT
does the smaw still have the 9mm barrel on the side? If i remember it fires tracers so you could get a fix on the bunker you wanted to take out. I got to fire one in 1984 thanks to usmc.
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 3:38:45 PM EDT
Yes there still is a ballistically matched 9mm spotting rifle on the weapon.
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 4:25:51 PM EDT
Do Marines pack US flags in their gear EVERYWHERE they go? Do they issue one with every M16? [;)] SURIBACHI SYNDROME![8D] Just kidding, good hunting.
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 6:25:44 PM EDT
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 6:43:25 PM EDT
I see that the Marines are carrying their gas masks. I wonder what sort of intelligence they have regarding possible chemical or biological attacks.
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 8:31:43 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Renamed: I see that the Marines are carrying their gas masks. I wonder what sort of intelligence they have regarding possible chemical or biological attacks.
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They brought CS with them to gas tunnels and also for possible food riots later when we have to start feeding all the refugees. If they thought they had a real threat they would have full MOPP gear like in Desert Storm. Course they also carried gas masks through every landing and every battle they fought in WWII, even though the Japanese only ever used gas against the Chinese- and then only before 1941.
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 8:38:58 PM EDT
Course they also carried gas masks through every landing and every battle they fought in WWII, even though the Japanese only ever used gas against the Chinese- and then only before 1941.
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I'll bet there were a lot of gas masks left on the beach at Iwo Jima. Having to scramble from one covered position to another gives you a new perspective on which gear is and isn't "essential". [:|]
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 8:45:34 PM EDT
Yes they did leave gas masks all over the beach at Iwo. Just look for all the small dark spots lying around in the photos. The Army made everyone in combat carry gas masks in every theater througout the war. But as soon as they got the chance they tossed them. The US military never faced a gas attack in the entire war on any theater. Yet even though we purchased several MILLION gas masks during the war we still had almost NONE in stock when Korea broke out in 1950 and had to buy millions more from new!
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 9:23:07 PM EDT
you can tell who has served and who has not by the goofy ass questions
Link Posted: 11/29/2001 9:52:39 PM EDT
Man I tell you what those Guys are armed to the Teeth. What are they gonna do set up the Defensive perimeter on the other side of Kandahar?
Link Posted: 11/30/2001 10:35:37 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Renamed: I see that the Marines are carrying their gas masks. I wonder what sort of intelligence they have regarding possible chemical or biological attacks.
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The Field protective mask is standard issue equipment regardless of the threat level. We(they) carry them not only for protection against what the enemy sends at them but because what they might send at the enemy such as clearing buildings/bunkers/caves, etc. with CS/CN gas for example.
Link Posted: 11/30/2001 11:32:47 AM EDT
Has the US military actually employed riot control agents (CS & CN) in the field since the Vietnam War?
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