• BAGHDAD - Pfc. Sam Angert, a mortar man from Brooklyn, N.Y., assigned to C Troop, 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, steers the M1064A3 mortar carrier into place before his fellow Soldiers fire high-explosive mortar rounds from Joint Security Station Istaqlaal, July 31. According to Angert, since coming to Iraq six months ago, the mortar platoon has mostly done security details. "Doing this stuff refreshes our memories on how to do it and what to do," added Angert.

    BAGHDAD - Pfc. Sam Angert, a mortar man from...

    BAGHDAD - Pfc. Sam Angert, a mortar man from Brooklyn, N.Y., assigned to C Troop, 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, steers the M1064A3 mortar carrier into place before his fellow Soldiers fire...

  • BAGHDAD - Spc. Randy Sites (left), from Rising Sun, Md., communicates with Spc. Gordon Brooks from Tucson, Ariz., as they prepare to fire their first mortar since arriving in Iraq six months ago at Joint Security Station Istaqlaal, here. Both Soldiers are mortar men assigned to C Troop, 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. "It definitely felt good to fire," said Sites after firing high-explosive mortar rounds July 31. "It got the cobwebs out."

    BAGHDAD - Spc. Randy Sites (left), from Rising...

    BAGHDAD - Spc. Randy Sites (left), from Rising Sun, Md., communicates with Spc. Gordon Brooks from Tucson, Ariz., as they prepare to fire their first mortar since arriving in Iraq six months ago at Joint Security Station Istaqlaal, here. Both Soldiers...

  • BAGHDAD - Tucson, Ariz. Spc. Gordon Brooks (right), gets ready to drop a high-explosive (HE) round into a mortar tube as Spc. Randy Sites (left), from Rising Sun, Md., prepares to duck down during a fire mission exercise at Joint Security Station Istaqlaal, here, July 31. Both troopers are assigned to C Troop, 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.

    BAGHDAD - Tucson, Ariz. Spc. Gordon Brooks...

    BAGHDAD - Tucson, Ariz. Spc. Gordon Brooks (right), gets ready to drop a high-explosive (HE) round into a mortar tube as Spc. Randy Sites (left), from Rising Sun, Md., prepares to duck down during a fire mission exercise at Joint Security Station...

  • BAGHDAD - "This knocked the dust off, you know, to make sure we're still doing what we know how to do," said Spc. Gordon Brooks, a mortar man from Tucson, Ariz., assigned to C Troop, 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, after firing five rounds of high-explosive mortars at a target a few kilometers away from Joint Security Station Istaqlaal, here, July 31. Brooks and his fellow mortar men were tasked a fire mission in order to keep their skills polished while in Iraq.

    BAGHDAD - "This knocked the dust off, you know...

    BAGHDAD - "This knocked the dust off, you know, to make sure we're still doing what we know how to do," said Spc. Gordon Brooks, a mortar man from Tucson, Ariz., assigned to C Troop, 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st...

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