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    3rd Cavalry welcomes Polish coalition brothers to TB Gamberi

    3rd Cavalry welcomes Polish coalition brothers to TB Gamberi

    Photo By Maj. Vance Trenkel | Sgt. Andrzey Dobrowolski of the 21st Mountain Brigade from the Polish army...... read more read more



    Story by Maj. Vance Trenkel 

    3d Cavalry Regiment Public Affairs Office

    LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - The 1st Platoon “Stalkers” attached to Dragon Troop, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, commanded by 1st Lt. Sean Fulford conducted a weapons zero and familiarization range Monday for the 21st “Mountain” Brigade of the Polish army. The Polish soldiers just arrived to Afghanistan to support the NATO mission.

    The Polish soldiers assigned to Train, Advise, Assist Command - East act as “guardian angels” or personal security for U.S. and Polish advisers to the Afghan National Security Forces.

    Sgt. Andrzey Dobrowolski said, “We have trained for two months prepping for this mission, we are ready to assist.”

    Dobrowolski also mentioned that the contingent deployed to TB Gamberi are all veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom.

    “The youngest guy here has four years in the military and everyone has been to Afghanistan before,” said Dobrowlski.

    The 3rd Cavalry Regiment provided security outside of TB Gamberi so the Polish soldiers could zero their weapons safely. Soldiers will reconfirm their zero often to ensure the sites on their weapons are calibrated accurately. Occasionally optics get bumped or differences in the atmosphere will adjust the zero of a weapon.

    The Polish started by firing their personal rifles; they shoot a new variation of the AK-47 called a Beryl. While taking turns pulling security U.S. soldiers cycled in to also shoot the Polish weapons.

    At the range, U.S. and Polish soldiers had some time to chat about the current mission and share previous war stories.

    Staff Sgt. Michael Brooks commented, “In Iraq and Afghanistan I only got to work with other nations as their adviser. I haven’t got to be partners with them before. I look forward to working with these guys.”

    Pfc. Christian Piscopo said, “I joined the Army to meet people from other cultures.”

    A few of the Polish soldiers spoke English very well and were happy to teach us some Polish words to make working together easier. The Polish fired crew-served machine guns, grenade launchers, pistols and rifles.

    Stalker Platoon participated in familiarization fire of all the different weapons that the Polish brought to the range. Poland is one of many countries in the coalition assisting Afghanistan.



    Date Taken: 11.24.2014
    Date Posted: 11.26.2014 06:30
    Story ID: 148876
    Hometown: FORT HOOD, TX, US
    Hometown: KILLEEN, TX, US

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