IMINT: Local Weeds


When I was searching for a pic to illustrate the previous post, I ran across this one of a Soldier actually employing local foliage as camouflage.

Just yesterday I was chatting with a source and he was saying how Iraq had made Soldiers lazy or complacent because of the relative convenience of the fighting there (close, vehicle borne engagements in primarily urban settings) whereas Afghanistan stressed old school soldiering skills that were last seen in Vietnam.

One of the things he mentioned was using local foliage to camouflage your outline, and low and behold, here's a Soldier (clearly a designated marksman with his souped up M14) who's destined for Ranger school.Afghanistan-local-vegitatio.jpg

U.S. Army Sgt. Zachary Adkins, from Sweetland, W.Va., conducts a dismounted patrol with his platoon near Combat Outpost Herrera, Paktiya province, Afghanistan, Oct. 11. The Soldiers were searching for sites from which the Taliban has been using to fire rockets at the outpost. Adkins is deployed with Apache Troop, 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment.

-- Christian

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