U.S. Army soldiers from 50th Brigade, 1st Battalion, 114th Infantry mortar platoon, New Jersey Army National Guard, fire 81mm mortars at Fort Drum, N.Y., during training on Aug. 19. The 1-114 IN has its headquarters in Woodbury, Gloucester County, N.J.
Photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht
Paratroopers with A Battery, 4th Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, fire an M777A2 cannon during a firing demonstration for visiting Command Sgt. Maj. William Johnson, the command sergeant major for ISAF Joint Command, July 12. The Sky soldiers of the 173rd are on their 4th deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit fire M240B machine guns during live-fire training aboard USS Pearl Harbor. The unit embarked the ship, as well as USS Makin Island and USS New Orleans in San Diego, beginning a seven-month deployment to the Western Pacific, Horn of Africa and Middle East regions.
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Tommy Huynh – DVIDS)
U.S. Army Soldiers from Bravo Battery, FIRES Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, located at Rose Barracks, Vilseck, Germany, set up a M777A2 Howitzer during a direct fire exercise on May 11, 2012 at the Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany.
U.S. Army photo by Visual Information Specialist Gertrud Zach / released (DVIDS)
A 105mm Howitzer shell is ejected from the artillery piece after being fired during the playing of the National Anthem at the Thunder Over Louisville air show April 21, 2012 in Louisville, Ky. Members of the Kentucky National Guard 138th Fires Brigade based in Lexington, Ky. performed the volley using blank shells which mimick actual rounds but have no explosive warhead.
(Photo by Spc. David Bolton, Public Affairs Specialist, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Kentucky Army National Guard)
The Carl Gustaf get its name from the Swedish weapons production factory known as Carl Gustafs Stads Gev&rsfaktori (“Rifle Factory of Carl Gustaf’s town”). The name Carl Gustaf’s town was a name used intermittently for the town Eskilstuna after King Karl X Gustav gave the town city privileges. The weapon was first introduced into Swedish service in 1948.
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Sam Pastor, vehicle maintainer attached to the Laghman Provincial Reconstruction Team, fires the Mk48 “super SAW” machine gun at the off-base firing range near forward operating base Mehtar Lam Sept. 10. Members from the PRT traveled to the range to practice with crew served, primary and secondary weapons along with M203 grenade launchers and frag grenades.
(U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Ryan Crane)
The M109 Paladin Integrated Management, or “M109 PIM,” is slated to begin low-rate initial production by 2013. The 40-ton, next-generation 155mm Howitzer artillery cannon is able to fire precision rounds, accommodate additional armor protections and power more on-board electrical systems.
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Words/photo by Lance Cpl. Timothy Lenzo
Sgt. Jason Pacheco, 23, scout sniper instructor, Division Schools, 1st Marine Division, from Las Vegas, N.M., uses his prosthetic leg as support for an M40 Sniper Rifle on a firing range at Camp Pendleton Aug. 30, 2011.
Pacheco suffered a severed leg after an improvised explosive device detonated beneath him during a patrol in Afghanistan August 2010. His leg had to be amputated below his knee.
Pacheco uses his prosthetic leg to support the weight of his rifle to show an example of how students can use anything to steady a rifle. He has been an instructor for the Pre-Scout Sniper School since March and recently completed a physical fitness test with his prosthetic leg. He has re-enlisted and said he hopes to continue training in preparation to return to full duty.