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Dobol troops get their eye in

By 1Lt Alexander Barb
First published in
SFOR Informer #95, August 30, 2000

Kalesija - The sun has just risen. In the MND North American camp of Dobol, the sound of shooting reverberates throughout the area. It came from the 3/3 'Thunder' Squadron of the Armored Cavalry Regiment whose men were practising their skills on the shooting range.
The area has had some tough times recently, but it is getting peaceful again. All morning, teams of eight men trained on various targets - two for 9mm Berettas and six targets for M16s.
1st Lt. Barry Castro ordered the men to stand 25 metres from the target where they shot standing or lying down. The distance from the targets never changes but their size does. This technique gives the impression that you are shooting farther.
All in all, the soldiers shot more than 70 rounds each. Part of the shooting included specific exercises such as shooting while wearing an NBC (Nuclear, Biological and Chemical) suit.
Sgt. Young reminded everyone of the safety procedures during the firing.
The men then stepped forward, all of them equipped with earplugs and helmets. Fortunately, the temperature was not too hot yet and they were ready to fire.

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