Urban Combat (With video)


Today was awesome. In fact, awesome can’t begin to describe how it was. So, I made a video about it. Basically, we learned how to move in a four-man squad when under fire. To add to the realism, the instructors had smoke grenades and “mortar shells” that they would let loose at any time. The goal of the training was to understand how to move to cover, check for booby traps and safely get the entire squad to a safe location.

Although I wish the course was a bit longer, overall it was a lot of fun. Sure beats the ‘ol powerpoint slides we’ve been getting. It certainly is a bit different trying to move around with 40 extra pounds of body armor. I have a feeling there are going to be a lot of sore people tomorrow.

In the afternoon we went over to “Camp Balad,” where instructors took us through a course with IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices). They taught us how to identify them, what to do when you find one, and how to safely get around them and secure the perimeter. After everything we had just done in the morning, this was a little mundane, but useful to know when we get downrange.

Tomorrow should be good fun. I think we might get to play with hand grenades and claymores. I have a feeling I’ll keep my camera on me for this one. Enjoy the video; it’s linked through YouTube. I threw it together real quick tonight. Click here.

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2 Responses to “Urban Combat (With video)”

  1. Ned St. John Says:

    I really enjoyed the video you posted. Hard to imagine that with all the other stuff going on….bullets flying and shells exploding you could get your head up long enough to get any footage. Your blog is excellent, well written. I wish Paul would keep as much information flowing from Kenya.

  2. Angela, Bryan, and Daniel Says:

    That video is pretty cool. You did a great job with it! I’m so glad to know you guys get really good training.

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