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Operation Mountain Thrust


If anyone had told me before I deployed from Fort Drum, New York, for Operation Enduring Freedom VII that, as the commander of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 710th Brigade Support Battalion (BSB), 3d Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT), 10th Mountain Division, I would one day be simultaneously commanding a forward support company (FSC) in an infantry battalion for a major offensive operation, I would have laughed and said they were crazy. Movement To prepare for the move to Musa Qalah, Team hotel ensured that preventive maintenance checks and services were conducted and that each vehicle carried no less than a Duke (an improvised explosive device [IED] anti-detonation device), an M2 .50-caliber machinegun, an M249G squad automatic weapon, an MK19 40-millimeter machinegun, and an M240B machinegun. For our combat logistics patrol, the 37th Engineer Battalion provided a route clearing package, which consisted of an RG-31 Nyala mine-protected vehicle and a Buffalo armored vehicle for IED and mine detection capabilities.

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