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  • 05/25/2010 1:00 PM | Anonymous

    Joseph A. Andrzejewski, Major (Retired), U.S. Army Special Forces, died unexpectedly on May 21, 2010 at the age of 54. Resident of Marlton, NJ. Husband of 24 years to Gillian. Beloved father of Dylan. Brother of Donna Brazinski. Son of the late Vincent and Phyllis Andrzejewski. He is also survived by his uncle Frank and aunt Mary Jane Forlin.

    In 1977 he earned his BA from Kings College. He received his MPA from Troy State University in 1988. Joseph's military career began when he completed ROTC and was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army. He would go on to graduate from Ranger School as well as the elite Special Forces.

    A few of his innumerable military accomplishments and positions held over nearly two decades of service include: Chief, Military Freefall Branch and Combat Development Officer, JFK Special Warfare Center; Commander, Special Forces Operational Detachment, Berlin, Germany; Field Office Chief, Special Projects Support Activity (SPSA) Fort Bragg, NC; R&D Officer and Section Chief, 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment; and Program Manager, Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC).

    Relatives and friends are invited to the viewing on Thursday May 27th from 12:00 Noon - 2:00 PM at the Bradley Funeral Home, Rt. 73 & Evesham Rd., Marlton, NJ. Funeral Service will be 2:00 PM at the funeral home on Thursday. Interment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Joseph's memory to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) or any veteran organization of your choice.

  • 05/23/2010 7:30 PM | Anonymous

    Army Times (Sunday May 23, 2010 9:06:45 EDT) A recent change to Defense Department policy authorizes eligible relatives of deceased service members round-trip travel and transportation allowances to a memorial event that occurs at a location other than the burial site.

    The policy change, directed by the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, took effect May 11, and will be included in an upcoming revision of Army Regulation 600-20 (Command Policy).

    Army policy already requires commanders to conduct a unit memorial event for all deceased soldiers, to include those who commit suicide.

    As part of the Army Family Covenant, commanders also are required to inform family members about any memorial event that is conducted by the unit in a combat theater.

    The new policy further requires commanders to invite, at government expense, surviving family members to one memorial event that is conducted at the home station within two years of the soldier’s death.

    Family members will not be invited to events conducted in a combat theater, such as Afghanistan or Iraq, or in any other deployed location.

    Qualifying memorial event locations are limited to the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, U.S. territories, and the last permanent duty station or home station of the deceased soldier.

    While commanders may invite family members to additional memorial events, only one event qualifies for government-funded travel.

    Authorized allowances include travel to and from the memorial service location, plus two days of per diem at the memorial site.

    Units also will provide any required “in-and-around” local transportation, and assistance in making travel and hotel arrangements, escorts as needed, and assistance in filing reimbursement claims.

    Family members eligible for the special allowance include surviving spouse; deceased member’s children, regardless of age; parents; brothers and sisters, and any other person, including a former stepparent, who has stood in “loco parentis” to the deceased member at any time for a continuous period of at least five years before the member became age 21.

    Commanders with questions about the new policy should contact their supporting Army casualty assistance center.

  • 05/23/2010 7:00 PM | Anonymous

    For the fourth time since 9/11, the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Headquarters cased its colors to fight overseas under the new leadership of Maj. Gen. John Campbell.

    “We’ve invested our blood and sweat” in the fight, Campbell told a crowd gathered outside McAuliffe Hall on post Wednesday morning.

    The colors casing ceremony symbolizes the movement of the division to a new theater of operation.

    The headquarters battalion came home from Afghanistan in June 2009 but was ordered to return a couple of months early. Around 1,200 troops are deploying with the headquarters battalion.

    Campbell, who became commander of Fort Campbell in July 2009 after succeeding Maj. Gen. Jeffrey J. Schloesser, told the crowd this is the most “critical year” for involvement in Afghanistan.

    “The Afghans believe more of what they see than what they hear,” Campbell said.

    He said the mission in Afghanistan was to protect the Afghan population, enable security, bolster the government and support socio-economic development.

    Campbell later elaborated on the mission objectives in Afghanistan. He said after meeting with Gen. Stanley McCrystal, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, and Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who both visited Fort Campbell on Friday, it was apparent the mission had changed.

    “Any plan, after the first shot is fired, is going to change,” Campbell said. “... We can’t keep doing what we’ve been doing for nine years.”

    Campbell said a major focus for the 101st troops is training the local police force. While the Afghan Army has shown improvements, “the police have got to come up quite a bit,” Campbell said.

    Campbell pointed out that U.S. armed forces are up for the job not just of fighting a war but for helping a struggling country become self-sufficient.

    “We’re a disciplined force, but we also know how to treat people with dignity and respect,” Campbell said.

    About 20,000 Fort Campbell soldiers are heading to Afghanistan as part of a planned troop “surge.” The deployments started in January, and are expected to conclude this fall.

    Five 101st soldiers, all from the 3rd Brigade, have died in Afghanistan since January.

    Also Wednesday, an Honor Eagle ceremony was held to introduce the incoming acting senior commander of Fort Campbell, Col. Dominic J. Caraccilo. He will take Campbell’s place in overseeing post operations while Campbell is on his year-long deployment.

    Caraccilo has been at Fort Campbell since 2004 and has been deployed for 54 months since 2001. Most recently he has served as the executive officer for the United States Forces-Iraq Commander Gen. Raymond Odierno in Baghdad. He also was the commander of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team at Fort Campbell from 2006 to 2009.

    “I’m indeed happy to be wearing the Screaming Eagle patch again,” Caraccilo said.

  • 05/23/2010 6:30 PM | Anonymous

    The nascent command charged with operating the nation’s military computer networks is now a reality, the Pentagon has confirmed.

    U.S. Cyber Command, a subordinate unit of U.S. Strategic Command, was launched Friday afternoon at Fort Meade, Md., in a status officials called an initial operating capability. The command is expected to be fully operational by October, according to Air Force Lt. Col. Rene White.

    Army GEN Keith Alexander, recently confirmed to lead the command, now officially steps into those shoes after receiving his fourth star Friday in a low-key ceremony at Fort Meade just prior to the command’s activation, the Pentagon said. Alexander will continue to direct the super-secret National Security Agency, which is co-located with Cyber Command at Fort Meade.

    Defense Secretary Robert Gates directed the creation of Cyber Command in June 2009 in response to the already significant and growing digital threat from what the command identifies as “foreign actors, terrorists, criminal groups and individual hackers” posed to its information networks, which officials say are probed thousands of times daily.

    Cyber Command will “direct the operations and defense of specified Department of Defense information networks and prepare to, when directed, conduct full-spectrum military cyberspace operations in order to enable actions in all domains, ensure U.S./allied freedom of action in cyberspace and deny the same to our adversaries,” according to a fact sheet released Friday by the Pentagon.

    Concerns were raised during Alexander’s Apr. 15 Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing over whether Cyber Command’s operations will impinge upon efforts to protect civilian networks, which are the responsibility of the Department of Homeland Security. Alexander sought to tamp down those concerns.

    “This command is not about efforts to militarize cyberspace,” Alexander said. “Rather, it is about safeguarding the integrity of our military’s critical information systems.”

    Senators also questioned the close association Cyber Command and the NSA will enjoy, the degree of transparency the powerful tandem will display and the potential for infringement upon the civil liberties of everyday Americans. Alexander said there will be “significant synergy” between the two but that both will have distinct missions. He agreed that “transparency is important” and said, “We have to show what we’re doing to ensure that we comport, comply with the laws.

    “NSA’s own mission and authorities will not change as a result of the creation of this command,” Alexander said. “And while cyberspace is a dynamic, rapidly evolving environment, what will never change will be an unwavering dedication by both Cyber Command and the National Security Agency to the protection of civil liberties and privacy of American citizens.”

    “This is not an expansion of DoD’s mission,” the Pentagon added in a press release. “It is in keeping with the department’s mission to protect and defend U.S. national security and protect the lives of men and women in uniform.”

    The Defense Department operates about 15,000 networks and currently has about 90,000 personnel dedicated to working on those networks, according to officials.


  • 05/21/2010 12:30 PM | Anonymous

    Fort Benning, Georgia (Friday May 21, 2010) The Ranger Tab was awarded to 174 graduates of Ranger Class 6-10 today.

    To recognize outstanding achievement during the Ranger Course, the following awards were presented:

    RALPH PUCKETT AWARD (Officer Honor Graduate) - 2LT Erik Rekedal

    GLENN M. HALL AWARD (Enlisted Honor Graduate) – SFC Edward Novak

    COLONEL Robert A. “Tex” Turner Officer Leadership Award - 2LT Aaron Tomasini

    SGM Robert Spenser Enlisted Leadership Award – PFC Tanner Howbert

    Ranger Training Brigade TACs:

    SSG Erik Correa, 4th BN

    CPT Christian Drennen, 5th BN

    SSG Brian Thibodeau, 6th BN

    Click here to see the complete class 6-10 roster.

  • 05/20/2010 6:11 PM | Anonymous

    Army Times (Thursday May 20, 2010) A suicide bomb attack in Kabul on Tuesday killed five American soldiers, the highest number killed in a single attack in seven months.

    A colonel and two lieutenant colonels were among those killed in the attack, marking the first time during the Afghanistan war that three officers of those ranks were killed in a single incident.

    Early on Tuesday, a suicide bomber detonated a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device after targeting a convey traveling down Kabul’s Darulaman Road.


    The Defense Department on Wednesday identified the soldiers.

    Col. John M. McHugh, 46, of New Jersey, assigned to the Army Battle Command Training Program, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

    Lt. Col. Paul R. Bartz, 43, of Waterloo, Wis., assigned to Headquarters, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.

    Lt. Col. Thomas P. Belkofer, 44, of Perrysburg, Ohio, assigned to Headquarters, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.

    Staff Sgt. Richard J. Tieman, 28, of Waynesboro, Pa., assigned to Special Troops Battalion, V Corps, Heidelberg, Germany.

    Spc. Joshua A. Tomlinson, 24, of Dubberly, La., assigned to Special Troops Battalion, V Corps, Heidelberg, Germany.

    The attack also killed Canadian Col. Geoff Parker and more than a dozen Afghan civilians.

    Zabiullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, told The Associated Press the bomber was a man from Kabul and that the vehicle was packed with 1,650 pounds of explosives.

    A spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force said commanders thought the attack was indiscriminate and not part of a larger Taliban strategy targeting senior leaders.

    “We don’t have any information that they were targeting the specific group,” Air Force Master Sgt. Jeff Loftin told Army Times.

    McHugh had been in Kabul for a few days, traveling with Bartz and Belkofer. They were conducting a site survey in advance of the division headquarters deployment. The headquarters is scheduled to go to Afghanistan in the fall.

    Tieman and Tomlinson were traveling with the convoy.

    The incident was quickly condemned by ISAF and NATO leaders.

    “This sort of desperate brutality and aggression reminds us of the pessimism of an enemy who seeks to kill the innocent and to stop the progress necessary for a better Afghanistan,” said ISAF spokesman Brig. Gen. Josef Blotz in a statement.

    In addition to the loss of life, the blast damaged five ISAF vehicles and more than a dozen civilian vehicles.

    The last attack of this magnitude was an IED attack on a Stryker in the Arghandab Valley on Oct. 27 which killed seven soldiers with 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division.

    October was the deadliest month of the U.S.-led occupation of Afghanistan, claiming 56 service-members’ lives; 48 of them were soldiers. So far in May, 18 service members have been killed in Afghanistan.

  • 05/18/2010 3:17 PM | Anonymous

    Department of Defense (May 18, 2010) Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced today that the President has nominated Army Lt. Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III for appointment to the rank of General and assignment as commanding general, U. S. Forces-Iraq, Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Austin is currently serving as director, The Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.  The exact date he will replace GEN Ray Odierno as the top American commander in Iraq has not been announced.

    LTG Austin was born on August 8, 1953 in Thomasville, Georgia. He graduated from the United States Military Academy (West Point) with a Bachelor of Science degree in June 1975. He also earned a Master's Degree in Education from Auburn University, and a Master's Degree in Business Management from Webster University. He is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced courses, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College.

    His initial assignment was to the 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized) in Germany where he served as a Rifle Platoon Leader in A Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Infantry and Scout Platoon Leader in the Combat Support Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Infantry. Following this assignment and attendance at the Infantry Officer Advanced Course, he was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he commanded the Combat Support Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 508th Infantry and served as the Assistant S-3 (Operations) for 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division.

    In 1981, Austin was assigned to Indianapolis, Indiana where he served as the Operations Officer for the U.S. Army Indianapolis District Recruiting Command and later commanded a company in the U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion. Upon completing this assignment, he attended Auburn University where he completed studies for a Master's Degree in Education. He was then assigned to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, where he served as a Company Tactical Officer. After his selection and subsequent completion of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, he was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, New York, where he served as the S-3 (Operations) and later Executive Officer for the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry. He subsequently served as Executive Officer for 1st Brigade, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) and later as Director of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security for Fort Drum, New York. In 1993, Austin returned to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina where he commanded the 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment. He later served as the G-3 for the 82nd Airborne Division. Following graduation from the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, he commanded the 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Shortly after Brigade command, he was assigned to the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. where he served as Chief, Joint Operations Division, J-3, on the Joint Staff. His next assignment was as Assistant Division Commander for Maneuver, 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Stewart, Georgia. As the ADC-M, he helped spearhead the division's invasion of Iraq in March 2003.

    Austin served from September 2003 until August 2005 as the Commanding General of the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), with duty as Commander, Combined Joint Task Force-180, Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan. His next position was Chief of Staff of the United States Central Command at MacDill AFB, in Tampa, Florida from September 2005 until October 2006.

    On December 8, 2006, Austin was promoted to Lieutenant General, and assumed command of the XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

    In February 2008, Austin became the second highest ranking commander in Iraq, taking command of the Multi-National Corps-Iraq (MNC-I), replacing Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno. As commander of MNC-I, he directed the operations of approximately 152,000 joint and coalition forces in all sectors of Iraq.

    He handed over command of XVIII Corps to become Director of the Joint Staff in August 2009.

    General Austin's awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Army Distinguished Service Medal, a Silver Star, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with Four Oak Leaf Clusters), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (with Five Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Expert Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge and the Ranger Tab.

  • 05/18/2010 1:15 PM | Anonymous

    Ryan Phillip Lozier was interred on May 15, 2010 at Woodside Cemetery, 1401 S. Woodside Boulevard in Middletown, Ohio 45044

    Lozier was killed by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan while working for Global Security Solutions, a private security company Thursday, May 6, 2010. He was born in 1979 and was a 1998 graduate of Middletown High School where he was active in sports. He served his country with pride for eight years as an Army Ranger with the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment; honorably discharged to join a Private Security firm. He then became a Federal Agent for the Department of Energy. He returned to the Private Sector for Global Security Solutions and was working for them when he was killed. He lived life large and passed away doing what he loved. He was preceded in death by his grandfather Erwin Schiering. He is survived by his mother, Viki Lozier of Middletown; his father, Phil Lozier of Vevay, IN; a brother, Benjamin Lozier of Savannah, GA; two sisters, LeAnn and LoriAnn of Vevay, IN; an 8 month old daughter, Izabella of Pine Ridge, AR; grandmother, Betty Schiering of Middletown, OH; grandmother and grandfather, Colleen and Estel Lozier of Bright, IN; three uncles, Bill Schiering of Middletown, Todd and Mark Lozier of Sunman, IN; two aunts, Stephanie Gray of Middletown, OH and Susan Schiering of Houston TX; and many loving cousins and close friends.

    RIP Ranger....RLTW. Memorial contributions may be made to The Freedom Alliance Fund, 22570 Markey Court, Suite 240, Dulles, Virginia, 20166

    Burial Saturday, May 15, at Woodside Cemetery for Ryan Lozier, 30, a Middletown High School graduate and former Army ranger who was killed in Afghanistan while working with a private security firm.

  • 05/17/2010 10:23 AM | Anonymous

    Army Times (Monday May 17, 2010 10:17:54 EDT) The Army’s provost marshal has approved the use of jacketed hollow-point bullets for law enforcement officers on Army installations in the U.S., a decision that comes after a gunman opened fire at the Pentagon in March and a deadly shooting spree at Fort Hood in November, and almost a year to the day after the fatal shootings at Camp Liberty, Iraq.

    The rounds are said to be more lethal and carry less risk for bystanders because they lose velocity on impact. The new policy, issued May 10, asserts installation police “require the tools necessary to secure our posts, camps, and stations from both internal and external active shooter threats.”

    With hollow tips and several lines of weakness, these rounds deform and fragment upon striking a hard-tissue target. Mushrooming into a larger diameter, the rounds create a larger wound cavity but penetrates only up to 13 inches versus ball ammo, which penetrates up to 24 inches.

    A 2009 study of hollow-point-related head wounds in the journal Military Medicine found that these would create tough wounds to treat. They found embolisms and bullet fragments in the path of the bullet. Without exit wounds, kinetic energy is transferred to the body, causing more damage. This ammo is barred from combat and allowed on overseas posts only on a nation-by-nation basis. Bullets that expand or flatten are banned by the Hague Convention of 1899, one of the first international statements of the laws of war.

    Although it is controversial to some, hollow-point ammo is in wide use by law enforcement agencies around the country and on some Army posts. For instance, Army Criminal Investigation Command has used it since 1998. The new policy expands the standard to all Army law enforcement personnel.

    In addition to CID, military police, special reaction team personnel, and Department of the Army civilian police and security guards are authorized to get it. The agencies will have to maintain a reserve of ball ammunition, but personnel will not be allowed to carry both at once.


  • 05/17/2010 8:32 AM | Anonymous

    Army Times (Monday May 17, 2010 5:52:31 EDT) Special Forces soldiers will take the XM25 to war this summer for an operational test of the Army’s first shoulder-fired, smart rifle.

    The XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement System is an offshoot of the Objective Individual Combat Weapon program the Army began in 1994 to maximize ground-soldier firepower.

    The futuristic-looking XM25 is capable of shooting air-bursting 25mm projectiles out to 750 meters.

    With its boxy stock and oversized sighting device, the XM25 resembles the weapons carried by actors Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in the 1997 movie “Men in Black.”

    The weapon’s target acquisition system calculates the range to a target with a push of a button and transfers the data to the electronic fuse built into the 25mm round. When fired, the projectile is designed to explode directly above a target, raining shrapnel down on an enemy crouched behind cover.

    “I thought it was the coolest weapon I’ve ever fire,” Sgt. 1st Class Lang Guereckis, of 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, said.

    This smart technology is pricey, though. The XM25 now costs about $30,000 each, and will likely cost $25,000 each by the time the Army begins fielding it in 2013.

    Its predecessor, the XM29, was an over-and-under system with a 5.56mm carbine on the bottom and the 20mm airburst weapon on top. It stalled in the face of technical challenges that made the 18-pound weapon too heavy and bulky. The program ended up costing about $100 million.

    But Army weapons officials argue the stand-alone XM25 brings a leap in technology that infantry units need on the battlefield today.

    “It brings the capability to defeat targets that we are seeing every day out in Afghanistan,” Rich Audette, deputy project manager for Soldier Weapons, told reporters May 5 at Aberdeen Test Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

    Army weapons officials made repeated references to the difficulty soldiers had engaging enemy attackers during the Oct. 3 attack on Combat Outpost Keating in the Kamdesh district of Nuristan province. It took about an hour for AH-64 Apache helicopter support to arrive on scene. Eight American soldiers were killed and 24 others were wounded before the enemy was finally pushed out of the camp’s perimeter.

    The enemy took advantage of the extremely rugged and mountainous high ground that surrounded three sides of the small outpost.

    “When you have [the XM25’s] capability at the squad level, it pays for itself, number one, but more importantly, they can take out those targets,” Audette said.

    It’s still uncertain how many XM25s the Army plans to issue or how they will be distributed among combat units, weapons officials said.

    XM25 was one of about a dozen Army weapons reporters had the chance to shoot at the Aberdeen event, including two upgrades for machine guns the service plans to begin fielding this summer.

    One is the M2A1 50-caliber machine gun, an improved version of the venerable, 1933-vintage M2 that doesn’t require soldiers to set the headspace and timing when changing barrels. Headspace is the distance between the face of the bolt and the barrel.

    “If you don’t set your headspace right, the cartridge is not going to fit,” said Maj. Mike Pottratz, assistant product manager for Crew Served Weapons, “and the timing on this gun is just like the timing on a car, where you have a timing belt and a piston. If your timing belt breaks or is off ... the gun will cease to function.”

    The upgrade will include a quick-change barrel that can be switched out in less than 10 seconds, compared to a minute or longer with the current model.

    “This is a tremendous improvement,” Pottratz said.

    M240L: light version of M240B

    The other machine-gun upgrade is the M240L, a lightweight version of the current M240B machine gun. The M240B is extremely reliable, but at 27.5 pounds it’s proving too heavy for soldiers to carry in rugged terrain such as the mountains of Afghanistan.

    As a short-term fix, the Army fielded about 500 MK48 machine guns to forces deploying to Afghanistan. The MK48 is about 9 pounds lighter but lacks the long-term durability of the M240B.

    Weapons officials maintain that the M240L’s titanium receiver shaves about 5 pounds off the weight of the M240B. The Army hopes to start fielding about 9,000 M240Ls to airborne and light infantry units by late summer.

    Weight is always an issue to soldiers operating in mountainous terrain. The XM25 is slated to weigh 14 pounds when loaded with its four-round magazine. That’s extra weight some soldiers would have to carry in addition to their individual weapon.

    This is not a problem to Sgt. Christopher Shupe, a squad leader with 3-71st Cavalry. He returned from his second deployment to Afghanistan in December.

    “I’d carry it as an extra weapon with the M4,” said Shupe, who said he sees the XM25 as an ideal weapon for destroying enemy fighters hiding behind hilltops in Afghanistan.

    “All they have to do to keep you from hitting them in a direct-fire role is get down behind that hill. When you have something you can set the distance so it explodes and engages, it takes that defense away,” he said.

    To aim the XM25, the shooter “lases” the target by pressing a lasing button in front of the trigger guard, activating the XM25’s ballistic computer and laser range finder. An estimated range to the target is then numerically displayed inside the sight.

    To engage an enemy hiding behind cover, the soldier lases to the particular barrier and adjusts the designated range to detonate the round behind the cover. Once the range has been adjusted, by using the two buttons labeled with plus and minus symbols underneath the lasing button, the round should explode over the target.

    “It’s essentially like carrying a mortar tube but in a rifle format; it’s something that any soldier could use,” Shupe said.



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