By 1Lt Alexander
First published in
#95, August 30, 2000
- 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
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)
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.
Nations of SFOR: US