NAD ‘ALI SOUTH, AFGHANISTAN
Waiting behind trees, rocks, thick brush and sometimes behind their own people, the insurgents of Afghanistan are smart and sometimes difficult to locate and suppress.
Insert 2nd Air-Naval Gunfire Liaison Company and that job becomes much easier for Afghan National Army soldiers of Heavy Weapons Company, 3rd Brigade, 215th Corps, in Nad ‘Ali South, where soldiers recently took part in Operation TOR Kanjak.
At one point during Operation TOR Kanjak, ANA and coalition forces were receiving small arms fire from three enemy fighting positions. When the ground forces were unable to locate the enemy, 2nd ANGLICO Marines guided air support within close proximity of where the fire was coming from.
When forces find themselves in an isolated area like that, they need the extra fire power ANGLICO brings to the table, said Sgt. Ryan K. Napier, an improvised explosive device destroyer advisor for 101st Engineer Regiment [EOD].
ANGLICO Marines accompany coalition and ANA forces on their patrols to pass information regarding their coordinates.
“It’s good to know when you are in a hostile situation and unable to respond with the appropriate fire against the enemy that you have ANGLICO there to provide that extra firepower,” said Capt. Muhammad Maroof, commander of Heavy Weapons Company, 3rd Brigade, 215th Corps.
Once the insurgents heard the air support overhead, the small arms fire ceased.
“It’s nice to have that great link to assets,” said Sgt. Bruce Khoo, the Afghan National Army advisor from Scots Dragons Guards. “ANGLICO has connections to all the good toys.”
As the ANA takes more responsibility in combat operations, ANGLICO helps bridge the gap between the ANA and other assets, such as air support.
The ANGLICO Marines not only provide fire power, but they also take the time to teach ANA forces the basics on land navigation and map reading.
“ANGLICO Marines are the best warriors we’ve fought with here,” Maroof said. “They support us, but even more importantly they teach us.”
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