News Icon

News: 'Allons' pick up the fire at COP Zerok

Courtesy Story

'Allons' pick up the fire at COP Zerok Courtesy Photo

Sgt. 1st Class Caleb Webster (foreground) of 2nd Platoon, Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment verifies the minimum quadrants for 2nd Section’s Howitzer at Combat Outpost Zerok, Afghanistan, Jan. 28, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. John Martin)

By: 1st Lt. John Martin
2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery

COMBAT OUTPOST ZEROK, Afghanistan - In early January 2013, the first two leaders, Staff Sgt. Omar Perdigon and 1st Lt. John Martin of 2nd Platoon, Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment, left Fort Drum, N.Y., for a week-long trek to an isolated combat outpost in Afghanistan.

COP Zerok, a small outpost located in the shadow of the Hindu Kush Mountains in Paktika province, has become the home of a select number of soldiers from 2nd Platoon, Alpha Battery, for the duration of their deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The outpost is small and austere with few luxuries.

Yet, the soldiers are at the peak of their motivation, determined to fulfill their mission in any condition as soldiers of the “Fighting 15th,” have proudly done in the past.

The day following their arrival, they began their “right seat training” with 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery Regiment from Fort Riley, Kan. With three feet of snow on the ground, the weather at the combat outpost was passable at best, yet this did not hinder the will of the soldiers from either battery from fulfilling their duty.

“The set up was much better than any of us had expected … they did an excellent job at bringing us up to speed. Of all my deployments, this was definitely the best transition I have experienced,” said Sgt. John Vogt, a gunner from 1st Section.

The official transition of firing responsibilities from 2-32nd FA to 2-15th FA was scheduled for Feb. 3, nearly two weeks after their arrival, but 2nd Platoon was ready to assume those duties after three days on the ground, and the fire direction center had assumed their duties, two days prior.

All these "red leg’s" fully understand their mission and stand ready, day or night, to send steel downrange to protect their brethren, for when others run to the bunker, they run to their guns.

Though their mission is far from the safety they all seek, it is a necessary danger they readily face to accomplish their mission and ensure a peaceful transition of security responsibilities to the Afghan National Security Forces.


Connected Media
Images'Allons' pick up the...
First Section, 2nd Platoon, Battery A, 2nd Battalion,...
Images'Allons' pick up the...
Sgt. 1st Class Caleb Webster (foreground) of 2nd...


Web Views
85
Downloads
0

Podcast Hits
0



Public Domain Mark
This work, 'Allons' pick up the fire at COP Zerok, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:02.18.2013

Date Posted:02.25.2013 04:38

Location:COMBAT OUTPOST ZEROK, AF

More Like This

  • As warmer temperatures arrive and the mountain snow of the Zerok district starts melting, the passageways of Afghanistan are open to insurgent activity. On Combat Outpost Zerok, enemy contact isn’t something that soldiers here prepare for - it’s something they expect.
  • Soldiers assigned to Bravo Company, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division may not be slated to deploy next year, but they are providing valuable training assets to the notional fight in the California desert.
  • Marines from Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, along with soldiers from the 6th Kandak, 3rd Brigade, 205 Corps, Afghan National Army, conducted a census patrol in the vicinity of Mian Poshteh, Garmsir District, Helmand province, Afghanistan, March 19.
  • The National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., has become a proving ground for 2nd Brigade Combat Team’s ability to transition form a traditional brigade with several battalions to a Security Forces Assistance Brigade with Battle Space Integrators and Cross Functional Teams.

Options

  • Army
  • Marines
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard
  • National Guard

HOLIDAY GREETINGS

SELECT A HOLIDAY:

VIDEO ON DEMAND

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Youtube
  • Flickr