GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – With precise coordinates given by forward observers back to the “gun line,” accurate steel on target can be accomplished. A forward observers mission is an integral part of field artillery. In Afghanistan, when ground forces are engaged by the enemy it can be imperative that Soldiers manning the gun line are quick to respond with accuracy.
In Ghazni Province, Soldiers with Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division are sharing their skills and knowledge with their Afghan partners. The training has increased the capabilities of the Afghan National Army and is a cornerstone for a safe and responsible transition by 2014.
Through the partnership between the “Proud American” Battalion and the Afghans, they were able to place 15 rounds on target using Afghan D-30 122 mm artillery, directly contributing to their mission of protecting the local populace and neutralizing enemy threats.
By Staff Sgt. Nicolas Morales
4th IBCT Public Affairs
Staff Sgt. Nicolas Morales | 4TH IBCT
Soldiers with Battery A, 2nd Bn., 32 FA Regt., observe the impact of artillery rounds Nov. 21 from the outskirts of a forward operating base in eastern Afghanistan.
Staff Sgt. Casey Marlow, Co. A, 2nd Bn., 16th Inf. Regt., standing right, explains to his Afghan partner how he uses equipment to get an accurate grid to send back to the “gun line,” during partnered training in Ghanzi Province, Afghanistan.