Caches found, destroyed

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Public Affairs
Story by Sgt. Jason Stadel

Date: 11.03.2007
Posted: 11.05.2007 11:58
News ID: 13639

Sgt. Jason Stadel and Sgt. Kevin Stabinsky<br /> 2nd BCT, 3rd Inf. Div.<br /> <br /> FOB Kalsu, Iraq – Two separate weapons caches were found in Arab Jabour Nov. 2.<br /> <br /> Soldiers from Company D, 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division discovered a weapons cache that consisted of 50 82mm mortars, a four-pound bag of homemade explosives and 400 anti-aircraft artillery rounds.<br /> <br /> A separate weapons cache was found in the same area by Soldiers from Company C, 1-30 Inf. Regt. The cache consisted of 10 anti-personnel mines, eight pounds of HME and three rocket-propelled grenade launchers.<br /> <br /> "Each cache that either we or the Concerned Local Citizens bring in is critical in eroding the resources of al-Qaida," said Maj. Eric Weis, 1-30th Inf. Regt. plans and operations officer.<br /> <br /> Weis, from Silver Thorne, Colo., said the concerned citizens have helped with the security of the area since the beginning of Operation Centurion V, which began Oct. 31. <br /> <br /> With Operation Centurion V, the concerned citizens began interacting with commanders and saw Coalition Forces supporting them; now, the citizens are actively going after insurgents and their resources, Weis said.<br /> <br /> An explosive ordnance disposal team destroyed both caches with controlled detonations. <br />