The following is a release from Sgt. Paris Capers, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit:
“Our 2 O’clock, vehicle in the open, 900 meters out, on my command: fire!”
An M2 .50 caliber machine gun roars to life, sucking up linked rounds and spitting a stream of lead, pinning the target down. At the same time, one hundred meters up the ridge, another HUMVEE grinds into position and sights in on the target. A Tube-launched, Optically-tracked, Wire-guided (TOW) missileman checks behind him for friendlies. He fires and, using wires, he guides the high explosives with deadly precision.
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“Impact: target destroyed!” He shouts, and before the sparks could settle, the hunter-killer team has left the scene, searching for the next enemy.
U.S. Marines with Combined Anti-Armor Teams (CAAT) within Battalion Landing Team (BLT) 2/1, the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s ground combat element, conducted sustainment training as part of a pre-deployment package Aug. 21, 2015 to refine their skills and teamwork for an upcoming deployment.
“Sometime in the last twenty years, someone realized our machine gunners and misslemen – huge assets to the battalion— were even more effective when employed together,” said 1st Lt. James Lynch, commander of CAAT …read more
Source:: Tactical Life