May 05, 2006
In Country With Our Troops at Fallujah and Ramadi
A U.S. Navy Corpsman walks passed bullet proof vests and helmets at a Marine base in Fallujah, 65 kilometers (40 miles) west of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, May 3, 2006. In addition to protective vests, helmets, ammunition, first aid kits, guns, knifes, radios and drinking water, some U.S. troops now wear side, shoulder and groin protection bringing the total weight of 'battle rattle' to nearly 36 kilograms (80lbs). (AP Photo/Jacob Silberberg)
Spc. Carlos Garcia, 21, of Los Angeles, of Charlie Company of the U.S. Army's 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, mans a .50 caliber machine gun and looks through binoculars out a window of a U.S. observation post in Ramadi, Iraq. AP Photo/Todd Pitman)
Spc. Joe Sommer, 20, of Lawrenceville, Ga., of Charlie Company of the U.S. Army's 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, looks through binoculars at a window where he manned a machine gun guard post at of a U.S. observation post called OP Hotel in Ramadi, Iraq, Saturday, April 29, 2006. (AP Photo/Todd Pitman)
A U.S. Marine carries a doll with him on a patrol in Fallujah, 65 kilometers (40 miles) west of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, May 3, 2006. A suicide bomber blew himself up Wednesday while standing in a line of recruits outside Fallujah's police headquarters, killing at least 15 people and wounding 30. (AP Photo/Jacob Silberberg) Email Photo Print Photo
Posted by Wild Thing at May 5, 2006 12:47 AM
80 pounds of additional weight and they want to add more body armor. How do they expect these men to fight during the summer when temperatures get well over 100 on a daily basis?
Posted by: BobF at May 5, 2006 08:11 AM
Bob I agree it gets up to 130+ in the summer. One of the guys that I write to told me last year that they drink 1 gallon of water an hour (not a day an hour whew) just to stay OK in the heat.
I want them to have all the protection they can get but when I saw how much it all weighs..... it is just amazing what they have to do.
Posted by: Wild Thing at May 5, 2006 10:50 AM