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Battle Gator

Sgt. Kevin Bates, from California, the mortar section leader for Company C, 3rd Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, drives a modified Gator across the side of a mountain to its firing position after inserting by air into the rugged terrain. The Gator, loaded with machine guns, ammunition and a 81mm mortar system served as mobile gun platform during Operation Sword in eastern Paktika province, Afghanistan. Afghan National Security Forces and soldiers of TF Black Lions, 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 172nd Infantry Brigade, air assaulted under the cover of darkness into the rugged mountain ranges ringing the Charbaran Valley in order to disrupt insurgent activity in the area and prevent planning for spectacular attacks elsewhere in the country. The air assault was the largest ever conducted by the 172nd Infantry Brigade, involving two battalion-sized task forces.



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This work, Battle Gator [Image 5 of 28], by SSG Charles Crail, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:09.26.2011

Date Posted:11.02.2011 03:23

Photo ID:482661

VIRIN:110926-A-#####-344

Resolution:3987x2848

Size:5.47 MB

Location:CHARBARAN VALLEY, AF

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