News: Rockets fired at COP Cashe; 1 rocket seized
Story by Spc. Ben Hutto
By Spc. Ben Hutto
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER, Iraq - Insurgents fired five rockets at Combat Outpost Cashe, with one detonating inside the outpost perimeter, Oct. 23.
No Soldiers were injured in the attack, but one truck was damaged.
Troop C, 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, investigated the launch site and seized six rocket rails, one unlaunched rocket and a battery with timer. Rocket rails are fabricated from metal and used by extremists to aim and launch rockets.
The 789th Ordnance Company, out of Fort Benning, Ga., currently attached to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, disarmed the unlaunched rocket.
Further investigation indicated that the 107mm rocket had been manufactured in Iran in March, according to Maj. David Fivecoat, from Delaware, Ohio, the operations officer for the 3rd BCT.
"The capture of this 107mm rocket is another indicator of the Iranian logistics support to the insurgency southeast of Baghdad," Fivecoat said. "This is the 40th Iranian manufactured rocket that 3rd (H)BCT Soldiers have captured in the last four months. Over the coming weeks, we'll continue to hunt the cell that conducted this attack."
The 3-1 Cav. Regt. is assigned to the 3rd BCT, 3rd Infantry Division, from Fort Benning, Ga., and has been deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom since March.