Photo Credit: Captain Jesse Platz, 7 RAR Task Group
Intensive Training

That’s the title for this image, of a U.S. Army gun crew fire illumination rounds at Forward Operating Base Hadrian.

Intensive Training, indeed.

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The 1st Section Bravo Battery 1-9 Field Artillery from Fort Stewart Ga., have been conducting intensive training and fire missions to support operations in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan. The gunners, based out of Forward Operating Base Hadrian in Deh Rawud district, are tasked with providing offensive support to Combined Team Uruzgan missions using M777 A2 Howitzers.

The M777 A2 is a towed 155mm artillery piece that fires High Explosive, Illumination and GPS guided Excalibur rounds.

Now you know everything I know about this image. Other than that, it captures the very essence of modern warfare: poking holes in the dark and waiting for a reaction.

This thing must have some recoil…

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