FRIDAY FOTO Extra (4/22/2011)
The Business End
A U.S. Army gun crew conduct a proficiency drill demonstration with fellow members of the 3rd Battalion, 321st Field Artillery Regiment at Forward Operating Base Salerno in Khwost Province, Afghanistan. The 3/321st in part of the 18th Fires Brigade (Airborne), 82nd Airborne Division, based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
The soldiers in the photo performed the drill with a M777A2 lightweight towed howitzer while being observed by U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Marvin Hill, senior U.S. enlisted leader with the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.
This lightweight howitzer can be transported by fixed wing aircraft of helicopter. It can fire four rounds a minute for two minutes, and then two rounds per minute for a long haul.
To see a video of one of these guns in action closde up, click here.
For a longer, promotional video by manufacturer BAE Systems, click here.
When you enlarge the photo, one can make out the division patches of the 82nd and 101st Airborne divisions, as well as the 1st Infantry Division. Can anybody see and identify the other shoulder patches in troops in the photo? If so, drop us a line at email@example.com
Entry filed under: Afghanistan, National Security and Defense, Photos, Skills and Training, Weaponry and Equipment. Tags: 82nd Airborne, Afghanistan, Army, Counter Insurgency, helicopter, Marine Corps, Topics.