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Posted: 11/4/2005 2:45:08 PM EDT

HI RES
Soldiers from the U.S. Army's 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team move down a staircase during a patrol in Mosul, Iraq, on Nov. 2, 2005. The soldiers are patrolling in Mosul in order to disrupt insurgent safe havens and to clear weapons cache sites. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr., U.S. Air Force. (Released)


Link Posted: 11/4/2005 2:54:25 PM EDT
There's something new I haven't noticed before. Goggle straps on the helmet covers.
Link Posted: 11/4/2005 2:56:38 PM EDT
Wonder why the ACU flak-jackets don't match the jacket/trousers......
Link Posted: 11/4/2005 2:59:22 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Zakk_Wylde_470:
Wonder why the ACU flak-jackets don't match the jacket/trousers......



Only one guy has an IBA cover thats not in ACU
Link Posted: 11/4/2005 3:17:35 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/4/2005 3:19:52 PM EDT by Alaskanmoosehunter]
These are soldier's that I work with on Ft. Wainwright. I have worked with these soldiers for the last 3 years as a DoD civilian preparing for this deployment. Prior to that I was a NCO there on Ft .Wainwright. Our shop provided them with the guidance for the use of the Stryker Vehicles and the variations of Strykers.

We also provide the logistical, supply (Ammo included) and vehicle/weapon repairs.

Currently 172nd Bde. is in control of Mosul. They deployed in Mid-August and we have lost one soldier to enemyfire. He was hit by sniper fire while on patrol on top of a Stryker on his birthday no less. His wife was fortunate to talk to him via internet/camera the day prior. Very sad!

Learn more here

They are a bunch of good guys and may friends, I hope for their safe return after they give a serious ass kicking to those assholes.
Link Posted: 11/4/2005 3:22:23 PM EDT
OMFG an A2 rifle with iron sights.....what is this world coming to???
Link Posted: 11/4/2005 3:37:14 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Cabby:
OMFG an A2 rifle with iron sights.....what is this world coming to???



Hell, that's what quite a few Marines are still using.
Link Posted: 11/4/2005 3:50:23 PM EDT
Strange to see a cell phone advertisement; imagine being in a country and shopping for a cell phone plan while avoiding any activity that'll get you tortured.
Link Posted: 11/4/2005 3:53:30 PM EDT
If you look at the top of the wall as the stairs descend, you can read the writing that is loosely translated

as, "Durka... Durka-Durka...Durka Durka Durka, Durkmenistan, Durka-Durka... Camel-Durka-Fuck...

Durkaboulevard."


Link Posted: 11/4/2005 4:03:28 PM EDT
Very Cool Photo. The photographer did a good job at adding depth to this. The Hi-Res shot almost looks 3d.
Link Posted: 11/4/2005 4:05:24 PM EDT
That ACU don't do shit.

I can stil see them!
Link Posted: 11/4/2005 4:22:05 PM EDT
That is a cool picture. My new background as a matter of fact.
Link Posted: 11/4/2005 4:32:04 PM EDT
I'm faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalling.........
Link Posted: 11/4/2005 4:34:42 PM EDT

Originally Posted By sherm8404:
That ACU don't do shit.

I can stil see them!



Link Posted: 11/4/2005 4:40:45 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/4/2005 4:41:12 PM EDT by Winston_Wolf]
... Dang, if my TAO1NSN still works after getting that banged up, I'd be a happy owner (still).
Link Posted: 11/4/2005 4:47:04 PM EDT
Cool pic.
Link Posted: 11/4/2005 4:47:12 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Zakk_Wylde_470:
Wonder why the ACU flak-jackets don't match the jacket/trousers......



Guess that is where the "don't ask don't tell" policy got us.
Link Posted: 11/4/2005 10:08:49 PM EDT
Awesome Pic Lumpy!

Thanks!
Link Posted: 11/4/2005 10:17:22 PM EDT

Originally Posted By mcantu:

Originally Posted By Zakk_Wylde_470:
Wonder why the ACU flak-jackets don't match the jacket/trousers......



Only one guy has an IBA cover thats not in ACU



I realize that. But the guys who are wearing "full" ACUs don't match. Their armor and helmet covers appear to be different "generations" of the pattern.
Link Posted: 11/4/2005 10:23:26 PM EDT
I hope the IBA covers (and the helmet covers) are a newer revised color scheme.

They have a darker Tan base while the ACU in the pic seem to be a light grey.
Link Posted: 11/4/2005 10:25:16 PM EDT
I was in the 2/1 at Ft Lewis wow times have changed. But the second guy from the back has a straight up A2... theoretically it could have been mine.
Link Posted: 11/4/2005 10:26:16 PM EDT

Originally Posted By AyeGuy:
I hope the IBA covers (and the helmet covers) are a newer revised color scheme.

They have a darker Tan base while the ACU in the pic seem to be a light grey.



To my highly untrained eye, it appears that the IBA/helmet covers are what USCav is selling as "milspec" ACUs while the jacket/trousers are their "All-Terrain Digital" pattern they had out before their "milspec" ACU pattern.
Link Posted: 11/4/2005 10:27:08 PM EDT
Very cool pic, thanks for sharing.
Link Posted: 11/4/2005 10:29:56 PM EDT
Thanks for the pic Lumpy!!!!
Link Posted: 11/4/2005 10:39:01 PM EDT
On the ACU color bit, now that there are more folks wearing them, I have had a good opportunity to see both generations side by side, and the first gen was definitely more blue/gray than the newest version. I can definitely see the newer uniforms functioning well as an all purpose camo/color scheme.
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 11:43:04 AM EDT

Originally Posted By SUPERSPORT:
There's something new I haven't noticed before. Goggle straps on the helmet covers.



Theyre attached to the rear chin strap bolts on the opposite side of the helmet. Good for guys to goof off in formation pulling the straps of the guy in front of them.
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 11:46:38 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Cabby:
OMFG an A2 rifle with iron sights.....what is this world coming to???



Most combat support units in the army issue M16A2s, Ive got a brand new one that I picked up about 6 weeks ago that I broke in before Christmas break. We dont even have aimpoint M68 or MG optics, will be lucky to get the stuff before Iraq this summer. No ACUs yet either, unit returned from Afghan/Iraq last spring.
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 11:49:09 AM EDT
Strykers come home with cool shit too.



Link Posted: 1/13/2006 11:54:35 AM EDT
The newer gen ACU's are more greenish. The first gen were more blue.

If you are unlucky, you get one gen pants and another gen tops and looks like crap.
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 12:32:01 PM EDT
What is that next to the bipod on the M4 w/acog? Is it a laser of some sort? Cool pic Lumpy.
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 12:34:59 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/13/2006 12:35:09 PM EDT by steve-oh]

Originally Posted By Dation:
What is that next to the bipod on the M4 w/acog? Is it a laser of some sort? Cool pic Lumpy.



Looks like a light to me. One of those M3s or something?

My favorite is the guy with the white haired guy with the M16A2.
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 1:13:01 PM EDT
Dang no more 4/9 inf in Alaska.
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 1:39:55 PM EDT
HK magazine in action?


that is just a sniff of the courage these men have. Going down into a basement - where you have zero tactical advantage.


good find.
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