News: IA, Warriors search for caches
By Sgt. Waldemar Rivera
2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division
CAMP TAJI, Iraq – Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers from 3rd Platoon, Company B, 52nd Infantry Regiment, attached to 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment "Wolfhounds," 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, worked alongside Iraqi army soldiers from the 36th Mechanized Brigade to search for weapons caches Apr. 17 in Fahad Fadhil, northwest of Baghdad.
The purpose of the mission was to follow-up on reports that indicated the presence of cache sites in the area, to clear the area of possible caches, and show the people of the town the IA is there to protect them.
The mission took place under bad weather conditions caused by an almost blinding sandstorm, which resulted in visibility being reduced to roughly 100 feet all for the combined forces.
"Even with the inclement weather and limited visibility we were facing, we still had to accomplish the mission," said Sgt. Jason Tippie, a Glouster, Ohio, native, who serves as a squad leader with Co. B. "At times, it seemed as if we were walking on Mars."
Despite poor visibility, IA soldiers discovered a bag full of suspicious wires lying in a field near a home.
After a short inquiry on about the origins of the wires, the children pointed to an old air conditioning unit next to the house where the IA soldiers found an unopened box of 7.62 caliber ammunition, a bag full of loose ammunition, higher caliber than normal shot gun ammunition, weapons parts and three AK-47 magazines full of ammo.
Each household is only authorized to have one AK-47 and one magazine unless the occupants have a permit for another weapons system, said Sgt. 1st Class Raymond Zwicker, a Concord, Calif., native, who serves as a platoon sergeant with Co. B, 52nd Inf. Regt.
"When we are in a situation where there are more weapons than allowed, we have to confiscate the excess and hand them over to the IA," he explained.
Inside the house, the IA soldiers found a disassembled AK-47, a jar full of ammunition and six more magazines full of ammo. All excess ammunition and weapons parts were confiscated.
Despite no big finds, the IA soldiers and MND-B Soldiers will continue to work together to clear the area of caches and bring peace of mind to the people in the area.
Date Posted:04.23.2008 10:44
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