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Sometimes you get lucky…..this Marine stepped on a IED and lives to move on…..

SHOSHARAK, Afghanistan — If luck is the battlefield’s final arbiter — the wild card that can trump fitness, training, teamwork, equipment, character and skill — then Lance Cpl. Ryan T. Mathison experienced its purest and most welcome form.

On a Marine foot patrol here through the predawn chill of Friday morning, he stepped on a pressure-plate rigged to roughly 25 pounds of explosives. The device, enough to destroy a pickup truck or tear apart several men, was buried beneath him in the dusty soil.

It did not explode.

Lance Corporal Mathison’s weight triggered the detonation of one of the booby trap’s two blasting caps. But upon giving an audible pop and tossing small stones into the air, the device failed to ignite its fuller charge — a powerful mix of Eastern Bloc mortar rounds and homemade explosives spiked with motorcycle parts, rusty spark plugs and jagged chunks of steel.

Lance Corporal Mathison and several Marines near him were spared. So began a brief journey through the Taliban’s shifting tactics and the vagaries of war, where an experience at the edge of death became instead an affirmation of friendship, and in which a veteran Marine reluctantly assumed for a morning one of the infantry’s most coveted roles: that of the charmed man.

Here’s the link. for the rest of the story……..

War IS Hell…….Especially in a landscape from right out of the Moon…thousands of miles from home……

January 24, 2010 Posted by | Government, Health, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates | , , , , | 8 Comments

IED hunters….who are they?… and can they be replicated?

The Army and The Marines have found out a little secret…..they have among their ranks male and female solders that have a very good ability in finding IED’s (mines or roadside bombs) in combat area’s…..

The military becoming aware of the fact did a study on the phonomenone…The three-year study, done by the Army Research Institute, the Air Force Research Lab, and the Army Research Lab, is finished. But the results are on close hold.

While they don’t want the bad guys knowing the results and the media publishing them…information from the study could be sent out to the troops in war zones and used by local law enforcement in the states and agencies like the Secret Service and State Department protective people in doing their jobs…..

If the skills are teachable…. it could be a major breakthrough in cutting casualties ( IED casualties since 2001  2,451 dead, 23,650 wounded, in Iraq and Afghanistan as of Dec. 5) resulting from the IED’s…..

December 29, 2009 Posted by | Education, Government, Health, Men, Military, Women | , , , | Leave a comment