Tanks rumble, roar across Besmaya Range Complex

2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division
Story by Pfc. Evan Loyd

Date: 10.04.2008
Posted: 11.04.2008 13:47
News ID: 25909
Tanks rumble, roar across Besmaya Range Complex

By Pfc. Evan Loyd<br /> 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division<br /> <br /> FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER – M1A1 Abrams Main Battle tanks from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division and Iraqi T-72 tanks have been on opposite sides of the firing line since they first saw each other in Operation Desert Storm. <br /> <br /> Recently, leaders from the 2nd BCT, 1st Armd. Div. and Iraqi security forces brought the two tanks together and fired in the same direction on the Iraqi's Besmaya Range Complex for a live-fire demonstration, Oct. 31, 2008, at Forward Operating Base Hammer. <br /> <br /> Both tanks fired rounds from a defensive position and the Abrams demonstrated its ability to fire on the move during the demonstration. <br /> <br /> Master Sgt. Wilmer Morales, a master gunner for the Iron Brigade, facilitated a class on the M1A1 and answered the Iraqi leader's questions.<br /> <br /> Both groups of leaders then had a hands-on tour of the M1A1 and the T-72. <br /> <br /> "This is the closest I've ever been to a working T-72," said Sgt. 1st Class Dustin Rinehart, a non-commissioned officer in 2nd BCT, 1st Armd. Div.'s Command Security Detail. "Only time I've seen them before this is down a gunsite or in a museum."<br /> <br /> After the first live-fire demonstration, both groups leaders were invited to fire the others tanks. <br />